What type of memory should I get?

I'm trying to build a new PC, and I have a few questions on RAM. This PC is for gaming and watching movies. I have a:

AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

So does the company of the ram matter? If so what is the best company? Would this RAM work with my motherboard?

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Or should I get another RAM, any suggestions?
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  1. It should work, according to some newegg reviewers who are already using it. Check the warranty for gskill. Most let you rma the ram directly to the company, and many have lifetime warranties.
  2. In terms of the company of the RAM, it generally doesn't matter. Quick explanation:

    Corsair are generally regarded as the top brand, however this tells in their prices, they are more expensive for same specs compared to other brands, for this reason I usually don't recommend them as I don't feel they are worth the extra cash.

    With that into consideration I usually rank the brands as follows:

    1. G Skill
    2. Patriot
    3. Kingston
    4. Corsair
    5. Crucial
    6. OCZ

    This is the main ones up there, I don't think I'm missing any of the other popular brands out there am I? Having said that, I usually advise to stay away from OCZ and Crucial.

    So that G Skill you have picked out seems a great choice.

    What is your budget?

    Also there is no need to go above the 1600Mhz speed, as 2000, does not provide any noticeable performance increase, so don't consider paying over the odds for 2000 memory.

    If you want to be 100% sure that the RAM will work with your mobo, then on the ASUS website they provide a checklist for RAM that definately works with their mobo's, this list however may not include some RAM that will work, as they only include the ones that they have tested. As you can imagine it would be pretty tasking to test every single RAM out there with every single motherboard. So if you find RAM you like but it isn't on their compatibility list, don't totally right it off, just do some research to find out if other people have used it to success.

    Here is the link to your board on the ASUS website, just click on 'memory support list' and download the file.



    I decided to give you a few options based on their compatibility list (I'm not aware of your budget though and am sticking to 4GB(2x2) like you have:

    G Skill 1600 8-8-8-24 $94.99

    G Skill 1600 8-8-8-24 low voltage $95.99

    G Skill 1600 7-8-7-24 low voltage $98.99

    Kingston 1600 8-8-8-24 (timings I'm unsure of as they aren't given, but they are in the 8 series so are likely to be this) $104.99

    All these suggestions have better timings than the one you mentioned for a slight price increase (2-4 dollars in the case of G Skill).

    I'd personally go for one of those 3 G Skill.
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