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July 21, 2010 5:57:18 PM

Thanks to Bilbat's post ( ) I have decided to consider the following Ram for use in the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R system ( ) I am building:

1. Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Green LEDs Model BL3KIT25664TG1337

2. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL

I plan on using an intel core i7 930 for the processor and Windows 7 X64 OS. If you had to choose between these 2 rams and cost and looks wasn't a factor, which would you choose any why? Just curious what others think about this. (Please don't tell me to get a different kind of ram, I know there are better out there, I just wanted an opinion on these 2 please :p  ).

The system will mainly be used for gaming, but some video editing and light 3D rendering will be done too.



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July 21, 2010 6:22:02 PM

Since all current games/apps will run fine on 6GB,i would recommend it, it also has lower timings.
July 25, 2010 6:10:21 AM

I'm not familiar with Crucial but Gskill has memory with slightly better Cas and is 45 dollars cheaper.

Even corsair is 25 dollars cheaper than that Crucial.

Also that Gskill memory you posted has a Cas Latency of 9. You want to try and get 6 or 7 because that affects the performance and speed more than whether it's 1333, 1600, or 2000. The lower the Cas Latency the better.
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July 25, 2010 7:11:52 AM

Maziar said:
Since all current games/apps will run fine on 6GB,i would recommend it, it also has lower timings.


To add to this...

If the system is being built for heavy CS5, CAD or HD Video Editing/Rendering type activities, you will benefit more with having more RAM than the lower latency. Otherwise, there is no reason or benefit in running more than 6GB of RAM.
July 25, 2010 9:16:20 AM

Best answer selected by Midnighthowler.