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Phenom II x3 ddr3 1600 or ddr3 1333

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a b } Memory
September 29, 2010 5:49:42 PM

Which Ram do I run? DDR3 1600 or DDR3 1333. I've provided links to all the items I'm thinking about putting in this machine. Just need a little advice is all. Thanks!

This Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Vid Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's between these two RAM sets:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a b } Memory
September 29, 2010 6:21:00 PM

RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or get this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You can't use the crossfire on your mobo since you buy an Nvidia video card so you can get a cheaper mobo with USB3 and SATA 3. Also those CPUs don't come with a cooler, you have to get it separately.
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September 30, 2010 9:02:59 AM

Ill opt for DDR 3 1600mhz if you want to use the ASUS motherboard that you posted
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September 30, 2010 11:22:39 AM

DO NOT go with the 3 sticks, AMD only supports dual channel, If you are going to overclock get the 1600 if not get the 1333.

Go with 2x2 Gig, Then you can add 2x2Gig more later if you want to.
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a c 163 } Memory
September 30, 2010 1:25:50 PM

Hi cibor and welcome to Tom's hardware forum.

Go with this .GSkill Ripjaws 1600 and safe ur money since a 6GB kit can only run in single channel in ur mobo or any AMD mobo.
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a c 163 } Memory
September 30, 2010 2:34:51 PM

Yeah, but the 6GB kit that he selected is 3x2GB.
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a c 347 } Memory
September 30, 2010 3:56:49 PM

Changes:
Zotac is a good brand; $20 savings + Fasted GPU. Lifetime Warranty - http://www.zotacusa.com/support/warranty
($209)/(-20) GTX 465 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($140)/(+50) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM ($115)/ (+$30**) DDR3 1600 l CMP4GX3M2A1600C9 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Budget Difference +$30 Apples to Apples, and $60 Apples to Oranges (RAM).

**Please note, the DDR that you choose is a 2X(3X1) -> 6XDDR sticks in a 4XDDR Stick Slots and meant to a Tri/Hexa Channel MOBO; meaning it won't work with your ASUS Dual/Quad Channel MOBO:
Certified DDR:
ASUS M4A78T-E {Memory Support List {QVL}}- http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=cf8IZzbU4m6GHKnW
Tested DDR:
Kingston - http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/models...
Corsair - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...

If you are installing Windows x64 then you will need a minimum of 4GB of RAM.
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a c 163 } Memory
September 30, 2010 4:56:34 PM

I disagree in the GTX465, the GTX460 is better price performance and the EVGA 1373-AR comes with lifetime warranty too.
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a c 347 } Memory
September 30, 2010 5:27:46 PM

@saint19 - ^ Disagree with OP choice which was the {-TR} = 2 Year Warranty http://www.evga.com/support/warranty/
The EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR is ($250) / (+$80) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... :non: 

For that price you're getting close to the GTX 470 pricing.

^+1 Me!

@mosox - Memory list
GSKILL {Tested} - http://gskill.com/configurator2.php?pid=2&model=372
Next, 1/2 of the RAM that you suggested is not on the G.SKILL Tested/Approved list:
F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM X don't use :non: 
F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM X don't use :non: 

^ +2 Me!

Last, you guys failed to recognize this is a 4-Slot MOBO! :non: 

^ +3 Me!

Who ya' going to trust!?
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a c 163 } Memory
September 30, 2010 6:16:46 PM

WAS a suggestion if u don't like it don't comment it.

And the QVL is only a guide that doesn't mean that only that RAM works with the mobo.
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a c 347 } Memory
September 30, 2010 6:35:49 PM

^ I listed both Certified {QVL to ASUS} AND Tested. Ditto with EVGA/GTX 465.
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