Nope, but I'm looking at the price. If he is willing to pay $250-$300 for 6gb, then why not spend an extra 100~ for 12gb of even faster ram!
Do people put big chromed engines in their cars so they can drive faster?
Do people buy rolex watches because they keep better time?
I just saw that ram and got all excited... I'm a "computer nerd"... its to be expected
It's standard is 1066, and when you put the ram in, it'll automatically set it at 1066 usually. You'll have to go in and manually set the ram to the right speed and timings. There are benchmarks to show that higher mhz/better timings do have better results.
Maybe someone else can explain exactly how all that works with the standard 1066mhz thing... It's not pointless though.
It's very simiple, You go into your Bios and tell it to set the memory to use profile 1.
This will set the memory voltage and the Cas setting to manuf specs. It will also probably raise your BClock to (if memory is 1600 - recommended) 200 and lower your Proc Multiplier so the CPU is at the correct rated Freq. That is what happened on my I5-750 and My wifes I3-540 build.
(1) Unless you do this there is no reason to buy the higher ened memory.
(2) The choice of 6 or 8 gigs will be based on your MB choice. If you buy a P55 or a H55/57 Go with the 8 gigs. These chipsets run DDR3 in dual channel mode and you need to purchase in sets of two. If goinging with the X58 MB then you would get a set of 3 for triple channel operation (6 Gigs)
(3) If willing to go into BIOS (people here will Help) go for the Best speed/timings you can get. I also low for @ the Lowest voltage, ie less than 1.65V
Hell_storms first choice is great, DDR3-1600, CL6 @1.6 V. Lower cost would be the G-Skill 4/6 gig kits AT 1600 with a CL7 rating. Although the CL6 would be faster in bench marks, you would not notice the difference in real life and enjoy the savings.
After assembling your new system always run memtest from a bootable disk BEFORE loading the operating system.