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August 4, 2010 3:30:40 AM

Help me spend my money on the best memory for my rig...

- This is strickly a gaming machine.
- Please provide NAME BRAND, GB, and SPEED that would be compatible with my system.

Processor: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz OC'd to 4.0GHz)
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel
Memory: ???
Graphics Processor: Sapphire TOXIC HD 5970 4GB (900 MHz)
Cooling: Asetek Single CPU Liquid Cooling System X58 REV2
Power Supply: 1500 Watt Silverstone ST1500 Strider Series
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 300GB Velociraptor SATA 3.0Gb/s 10,000RPM 16MB Cache
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit Edition)

Was considering: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... until I was told that 24GB is complete overkill and not needed for gaming.
Latest consideration is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks!

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August 4, 2010 5:19:09 AM

12gb's of ddr3....sweet....over 500 bucks...not sweet.
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August 4, 2010 6:37:35 PM

12GB of RAM for gaming is overkill, but since you have a 1366 Intel chip you need tri-channel memory, so 4GB wont work for you. You need at least 6 GB (3x2GB), but you can run 12GB if you really want. Realistically, you are just throwing your money away.
Since you seem to be aiming for the best, you'll want low latencies (7-8) and high speed (1600 MHz).

Corsair Dominators are known to be very good, if expensive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSkill also has excellent memory, check these out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might like these as well, both of which are good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 4, 2010 8:45:16 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I'm curious to why everyone is guiding me to DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). Wouldn't DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) be a better choice since my motherboard is capable of speeds up to 2000?

August 4, 2010 9:48:19 PM

DDR3 1600 is simply more available than DDR3 2000, and cheaper. Honestly the speeds will not make that much of a difference, and usually to get 2000 speeds requires mucking around in the BIOS (though not always). What I've heard at least, is that it can be more trouble than its worth, especially when you are paying a price premium.

Furthermore, if you get good 1600 memory, you can overclock it yourself to 2000 if you want to really see if it makes a difference. Basically 2000 memory is merely certified to be able to be overclocked to that speed, and as I said, often you have to do it yourself.
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August 5, 2010 6:49:29 AM

djmj said:
Thanks for the replies.

I'm curious to why everyone is guiding me to DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). Wouldn't DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) be a better choice since my motherboard is capable of speeds up to 2000?

Because the difference between DDR3 1600 and 2000 isn't much, and DDR3 1600 is enough for a decent OC and its cheaper too
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