it says that it takes DDR3 2000, but would I be alright putting in DDR3 1600 in it with no problems? Or would i have to change stuff in the BIOs?
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1600 will work fine, but may run at 1333. You can try setting the speed manually. The 2000 is possible only when you overclock the cpu. Get the cheaper ram, whether it's 1333 or 1600. I recommend corsair, crucial, kingston, or any brand with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
You will have to change stuff (voltage, timings, Mhz) in the BIOS most likely with anything over DDR3 1333. It isn't a major issue and can easily be done.
edit... I was a little late to the send button I see
How easy are we talking here? I'm not exactly the most tech savvy person on the planet
Just use the "del" key to enter the bios during the post. You'll have to search the bios sections for the ram settings. But honestly, you don't have to change the settings for the ram to run at 1333. Just use auto or the default settings the board chooses. You won't notice the difference by changing it and this could cause problems.
Typically, it is three simple adjustments
1) Set your DRAM Frequency to manual and adjust the frequency to equal your RAM speed (it will be half of your Mhz... 1600 = 800, 1333 = 667)
2) Set your System Voltage to manual and adjust the DRAM voltage to equal your RAM's (this may not be required if already set at 1.5V and matches your RAM)
3) This is the only one that is a little tricky, is set your DRAM configuration to manual and adjust each of your timings (for example... 7-8-7-24-2T(or N)).
Granted this is a generic over view, as each motherboard has a slightly different but the general concept is the same.
Thanks for all the help guys! It's greatly appreciated.