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Final build on i7... need help with memory!!! please advice!!

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January 9, 2010 3:47:23 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few days!!!
BUDGET RANGE: $1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, i7 - 920 D0, Windows 7, DVD BURNER AND CD ROM,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, anywhere!!!
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: EVGA - CORSAIR
OVERCLOCKING and SLI: when i learn how to...
MONITOR RESOLUTION: DELL 22inch 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Already have a Antec 900, i7-920 D0, Windows 7 and DVD burner and cd rom.

Here are the parts....

Power supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I am missing RAM!!! I am very confused about which ram to pick. I am also confused about the timings and the whole thing about RAM's... could someone please explain to me? or link me to the right place? I pick out these 2 rams and i am not sure if its good or bad and if you have others in mind please advice!! should i spend extra to get better ram or is it all the same? and please don't forget to advice on the parts i had listed.... thank you!!!

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 9, 2010 7:52:21 AM

Your build is excellent. For your hard drive the Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 are slightly faster, so if you can get them for less money you should switch.

The OCZ ($150) and Corsair ($230) memory you listed have identical speeds (1600 MHz), timings (8-8-8-24), and voltages (1.65V). Both manufacturers have good reputations, so I would go with the cheaper one (OCZ). For a tutorial on memory, this is an excellent article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-870-1156,24...

You should also consider adding a heat sink fan (HSF) now because it is much easier to install when the motherboard is out of the case. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is very good, and is only $30. This HSF is much quieter than the Intel stock fan, and it will keep your CPU cool and happy.
January 9, 2010 1:04:52 PM

Thanks!! Yea I did my research on and off and just couldn't figure out which ram to go for... Is there anything else I should get at the moment? Cause I am planning to keep on adding hardware later on.. This is just the first few things needed to start this.. Thanks
January 11, 2010 1:59:17 AM

anyone else have any other advice for me???? thanks
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