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December 7, 2009 4:30:42 AM

I purchased an XFX 750i sli motherboard...
and now I have pretty much all of the other components decided except for the RAM. I have had my sights set on these...
but is this the best I can get in and around the $100 price range?

I am looking to moderately overclock my cpu (Q6600), so I was wondering if these were legit or if I should buy some other ones.

Thank you for your time. ;) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2009 1:28:02 PM

Both of your links point to the same product.

The thing is you're a bit late to buy DDR2 which has nearly doubled in price. DDR3 is priced very similarly. So it makes sense to get new tech DDR3 if you're building a new rig. And yes, 4GB DDR2 is about $100 US.

It depends on your target o/c. If it's 3Ghz, that'd be 9 x 333.33 = ~ 3Ghz. That means 333 x 2 = 666Mhz ram will do. You can get the 1066mhz ram but your heat will be the limit. It's 65nm.
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 89 V Motherboard
December 7, 2009 6:39:58 PM

As mentioned above, you don't need high speed RAM to overclock a Q6600. I would look for a quality DDR2 800 kit that runs at 1.8v. Here's a couple suggestions:

G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK - Retail $89.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $92.99

I used the PI Black RAM in quite a few builds back in the day when DDR2 RAM made sense for new builds. I was always very happy with it.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2009 12:40:24 PM

Either of the above suggestions is a better buy. I'm leaning toward the HK for its low clearance. The other tall sticks MAY interfere with some big cpu coolers, like those covering the ram slots as well as the cpu.