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September 2, 2010 9:10:59 PM

Hi,

I'm buying my new rig soon. Tight budget and where I live limited hardware choice.

Athlon x3 440(may try to squeeze in an x4 630/635)
Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-880GM-ud2h

Corsair vx450/550
Gtx 460(after a couple months.Will use igp till then)

This is for gaming.

I was considering these ram sticks:

Corsair Xms3 4gb ddr3 1333 tw3x4g1333c9

Would 1600mhz be pointless for me? Difference in performance seems small.

I also have an option for Gskill ripjaws 1333 ddr3 4gb.


What do you guys think? Or should I just save more cash and stick with corsair value ram?

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September 2, 2010 9:20:03 PM

Thought I might add that this is also mentioned next to that particular pair of corsair:
9-9-9-24. Same for the gskills I have access to.
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September 2, 2010 9:34:09 PM

^ +1. Picked these up for my rig and haven't looked back. I don't think you could go wrong with this RAM...
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September 2, 2010 9:36:39 PM

Okay... I see your choices are limited. With that said, there is little difference between 1333 & 1600. I would go with the RAM with the lowest voltage & timings out of the Corsair & G.SKILL. If equal, I would get the cheapest.
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September 2, 2010 10:02:03 PM

Coudn't find those gskill. These are available though:

Gskill F3-12800CL9D-4GB RL

Besides running at 1600 and being more expensive they look exactly like the xms3's in my first post.

Tecmo I'm new to building my own rig and wanted to be sure all my stuff was compatible. Would the xms3 model ram I mentioned work fine with my mobo?

Thanks.
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September 2, 2010 10:08:38 PM

One dealer here is offering these for even less than the 4gb xms3 in my OP.

996768 - SILVERLINE 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666 9-9-9-24 STILETTO

Thoughts? Not sure about mushkin....I know that corsair is a good company that maintains their 10 year warranty.
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September 2, 2010 10:11:55 PM

Yes, the Corsair XMS RAM you listed will work for you build.

If you have concerns on building, I would review these two thread. They will get you through the build..
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
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September 2, 2010 10:33:26 PM

Those two guides are great. Will definitely use them when I build. Any detailed video guides to accompany them?

Should I be worried about the review for it on newegg even thought there are only 32?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145218

The 'cmx4gx3m2a1600c9' seem to have better reviews on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260.

I can get them for 2$ more. What do you think?

My concern:I may be wrong...but I read somewhere that there can be a problem with 1600mhz....I thought am3 board only handle 1333....like you have to underclock it to 1333 or so to make it stable. .Not sure on the specifics. Just trying to get the safest option with my mobo that's all. :p 

Thanks.

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September 2, 2010 11:17:25 PM

I would just go ahead and get the DDR3 1600 model. At worse case senerio is that you run it at DDR3 1333, which isn't a big deal for $2 more :)  .
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September 2, 2010 11:41:47 PM

Thanks tecmo. I suppose I will take your advice. I was only worried about compatibility of 1600 with my overall system and didn't want it causing bsods and crashes.

Hope everything goes smooth. :) 
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September 2, 2010 11:42:41 PM

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