second i have GSkill Ripjaw ddr3 1600mhz 4gb ram (2x2gb) and am thinking of getting... http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=M3N78D
it says that it supports 1600mhz with overclocking, what does this entail? and is there a chance of breaking something?
the reason ive gone for the mobos mentioned is of price and i already have 2 Phenom II x4 955 C3 125w to use in both systems.
My biostar board lists 1600 without overclocking. You may want to select a different board that doesn't require you to overclock the cpu to get the full benefit of 1600 ram. When in doubt, I always download the board manual before ordering and check out the bios settings. But it's ok to run the ram at a slower speed if you don't plan on overclocking.