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Help picking which ram to go with this build

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December 27, 2009 7:46:45 PM


BUDGET RANGE: 800-1200 it can go up to like 1400 if need be

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, operating system, router

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not or which has alot more ram options than

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use the parts i have chosen for this build unless you can find a better product at tiger


MONITOR RESOLUTION: dont really matter ill probably just end up using my fat old SRT monitor (i heard they are great for gaming )

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: um guys i just need help on the ram, and video card portion of this build but if you guys can suggest something better parts then i will SO HAPPY :love: 


please try to use or because i dont like ordering online thats why im using tigerdirect and canadacomputer because i can just go to the store to pick up the items

Hard drive
TSD-1500AS :: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS - 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G (0.95 lbs) $120

NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case - ATX, mATX, Baby AT, Black $79.99

cpu cooler
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler - Socket LGA 775, 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, 1156 $39.99

power supply
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty $59.97

CPU Intel Core i5 750 BX80605I5750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail $199.97

motherboard Asus P7P55D Pro Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, Core i5 $189.97


here are the parts i need help on: (RAM, AND VIDEO CARD)

here is the ram that i was thinking of getting its 6gb ram which is just the right amount and its really cheap but im wondering if i can use 6gb ram in my i5 build cuz its tri channel :pt1cable: 
Patriot Viper Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048), CL7 $139.97
Memory CAS Latency: 7-7-7-20

video card
XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI

price: $189
but i think im pretty sure ill get this card because im not that big of a gamer, i only play games about twice a week for only about 2-4 hours

im not really worried about this graphics card but im worried about the ram and if i can use this ram with my i5 build

im also wondering which ram i can use if i cant use this ram and here is a ram that i was planning on using

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December 27, 2009 9:54:32 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.


I change the RAM for some dual channel, the i5 doesn't support tri-channel memory, so, try to get 4GB or 8GB in dual channel. With CL 7 or 8, and 2.0V max.


Also, try to get a better GPU, like the HD 5870 or some nVidia GTX285
December 27, 2009 10:47:24 PM

As far as I'm concerned this is a better PSU than the one you linked OCZ 700W ModXStream 80plus
Absolutely no point getting more than 4GB of RAM. Altho the set you linked is cheaper and faster than any of the DDR3 dual channel sets I saw on tigerdirect, so if I was you I'd buy that tri-channel set and just leave one stick out of the build. The only differences between dual and tri-channel kits is the number of sticks usually. So no compatibility issues.
If you are a casual gamer, then you don't need the 5870, altho I'd love to have it as a casual gamer, the next step up on the ATI ladder compared to the 5770 is the 4890, then 5850. But the 5770 is probably the one to go for and can just replace later if you need to. You can't crossfire with your chosen mobo.
If you're going to a mild overclock then that cooler should probably be fine, but I don't know enough about CPU coolers to make a suggestion on what would be better at that price point. You might also want to avoid a board that has a foxconn socket, in which case this EVGA board is a similar price and continues to support everything in your current build. This board can crossfire, altho I don't think the second slot is at a good speed (good speeds are x16 and x8).
If you do get a motherboard with a foxconn socket it would be prudent to do your overclock without increasing voltage too much.