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July 11, 2010 4:45:25 PM

Hi. I'm a first time builder and I need some advice over which RAM to purchase.

Here's what I decided on:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $100

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $100

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $105
Recommended to me. I hear a lot of people using AMD chipsets had to manually fine tune their memory settings to get the specified timings for this. It's 5 dollars more than the other 2 above. I have never done it before. Is it difficult, hard? Which among these 3 performs the best? Which one of these do you think I should get? I'm not really leaning towards this last one since I'd probably have to adjust it manually since I'm going to use an AMD 870 for my chipset. But the specifications seem really good. Any other RAM suggestions?

These selections would add $10-$15 more dollars on my system. However it was OCZ ram and from what I hear, you guys don't like OCZ ram. I heard some pretty bad things about it around here. The added money is worth it, correct?

My previous ram:
OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK

Thanks for the advice! :) 

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a b } Memory
July 11, 2010 5:07:05 PM

Hello
Between those,i would go with the first one because of having the best timings and voltage.
As for setting the speeds manually in the BIOS,well most of the time they will be configured fine(on auto),but if they don't, you can simply go to the BIOS and adjust them.
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July 11, 2010 10:46:44 PM

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July 12, 2010 11:55:28 AM

I don't agree...the first and 3rd have the same cas of 7 in which case the 3rd would be better choice esp if overclocking another option is mushkin redline enhanced with a cas of 6 running 1600Mhz ( which is what I am using)
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July 12, 2010 2:43:45 PM

Only having CAS7 isn't enough,the first one has 1.5 voltage,1333Mhz Speed and 7-7-7-21 timings whereas the second one has 1.65 voltage,1600Mhz speed and 7-8-7-24 timings, so the first one has lower voltages and timings.
Both are really good, i recommended the first one because of the reasons i mentioned, but like i said the third one is good too
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July 12, 2010 4:48:22 PM

I did not realize the other timings were lower.. I do think that the bandwidth may make up for it.. would love to see some benchies on those small differences
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July 12, 2010 7:58:02 PM

They don't make a difference in gaming/general usage, they are mainly important for OC'ng
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July 13, 2010 4:49:22 AM

Thanks for the help. I'm not into ocing any of the timings right now. I just want some fastest RAM without alterations out of the 3. Like I said in my first post, reviewers have commented that when using the

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM for $105 with AMD socket boards, the memory timings were at a higher setting than reference specifications. They had to manually alter them, and I don't seek to do that right now considering my inexperience.
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