Help with RAM choice for I5-750 Build

Hey guys listed below is my build which I have bought already. Need help on some RAM choice though.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

CPU: Intel Core i5-750

Mobo: BIOSTAR T5 XE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138160&cm_re=T5XE-_-13-138-160-_-Product

PSU - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007&Tpk=antec%20earthwatts%20500

Graphics - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462&cm_re=xfx_5770_1gb-_-14-150-462-_-Product

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_1tb-_-22-152-185-_-Product


The only component I am missing is RAM.
I was looking at these two OCZ choices. Which one is better? I am not limited to these two though, so if you have any suggestions feel free to post.

OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum RAM - 4GB, 2x2GB, 1333MHz - $65 AR
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5210464&CatId=3361

4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9- $80 AR
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0322202
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  1. if you plan on overclockign then go for the DDR3-1600 as it will give a little extra headroom with higher frequencies.

    However OCZ are good quality items and should both work very well with your setup.
  2. ulysses35 said:
    if you plan on overclockign then go for the DDR3-1600 as it will give a little extra headroom with higher frequencies.

    However OCZ are good quality items and should both work very well with your setup.


    Are you on a budget?? well I have a good choice and they work out fine for me.

    Cruical Technology
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148271
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148282

    This is OCZ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227503
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227507

    They all have good high performance and gaming

    Other than that I am not a big fan of biostar.
    Listen, you better of getting a gigbyte motherboard
    here is a link to that and it's $15 dollars cheaper and I have in in my new system that is a I5 quad core.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425. You would get better performance with this motherboard.
    it has smart voltage technology when it comes down to overclocking your CPU and RAM.
    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX and come with USB 3.0

    I love this motherboard and it a damn fine product to have

    You can check out how they are in my video on my youtube page

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa1UASQHk0
  3. Don't get triple channel kits. Get Dual Channel kits as your CPU and MOBO only support Dual channel. If you are on a strict budget just get the RAM with low CAS # like CAS7.

    If you are looking for good cheap sticks then I would recommend taking a look at either of these...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3_ripjaws-_-20-231-303-_-Product


    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=g_skill_eco_ddr3-_-20-231-321-_-Product

    Both should overclock well as well. The second one can run at only 1.35V if your MOBO can support that and use less power and cause less heat
  4. letsrahk said:
    Don't get triple channel kits. Get Dual Channel kits as your CPU and MOBO only support Dual channel. If you are on a strict budget just get the RAM with low CAS # like CAS7.

    If you are looking for good cheap sticks then I would recommend taking a look at either of these...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3_ripjaws-_-20-231-303-_-Product


    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=g_skill_eco_ddr3-_-20-231-321-_-Product

    Both should overclock well as well. The second one can run at only 1.35V if your MOBO can support that and use less power and cause less heat


    he is right but that motherboard isn't quite as good for it that is why i told him that she should pick the Gigabyte GA-P55 USB3.0 Motherboard.
  5. 1. Go to newegg.com and drill down thru the hardware selection categories ..... Computer Hardware / Memory / Desktop Memory / 240 pin / 2 x 2GB

    2. Select CAS 6 and we see Mushkin redlines for $159
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226120

    Too much ?

    3. Let's move to CAS 7...hit the browser's back button and select CAS 7 this time, sort by lowest price and we find Mushkin Blacklines for $104.....

    Too much ?

    4. Rinse and repeat above step, selecting 1 higher CAS # till ya find a price you like.
  6. yea I'm a college student so I'm on a budget. I was just looking for the best bang for the buck. Waiting for a good deal but it looks like DDR3 RAM prices have increased in the past couple months.
  7. mrlolo1111 said:
    yea I'm a college student so I'm on a budget. I was just looking for the best bang for the buck. Waiting for a good deal but it looks like DDR3 RAM prices have increased in the past couple months.


    Here is a list

    Well I was going to pick a few from newegg
    like the case

    AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004 $104.99 with a $25.00 rebate ($79.99)

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425 $119.99

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 $194.99

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10000CSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136236 $94.99

    CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010 $77.89

    XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC651 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V Ver. 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815001 $99.99
    (NOTE: I have this PSU for now over a full Year in 6 months. ) Works Excellent.

    or

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 $89.99 and you get a rebate

    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ LEDs Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148329 $135.99

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447 $169.99

    All of this comes up to a Total of 998.82
    You said that your budget is about $1200.00. Just save you about 200.00 for your shipping cost.

    Note: that I also notice that everyone is trying to out beat the next men system rig. Now, I am not saying that is you
    but if you want a good budget computer with very good High-End Parts then here you go.
    I do this for a lot of people here around my town and other online.
    I would want to save you some money just in case you needed to add some parts.

    Also I have most of these parts in my system as well speak (other than the 5770) I have a 5850 video card and Zalman 9700
    You can view my parts in my Youtube video here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa1UASQHk0
    Well I hope it comes well for you.
    enjoy
  8. Avoid the Gigabyte implementation of USB 3 / SATA III. If you install twin GFX cards, it cuts the USB 3 / SATA II speeds in half.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance,2490.html

    Here's an OCZ *Strem PSU review (7.5 rating)
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story3&reid=24

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

    Another article to look at is this one:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/HDD-6Gbit,2528.html

    Note that one HD wins all of the throughput tests, but then look at the next page at application performance....a different HD wins all of those. Another reason why there is no "best HD", there's only "best HD at doing [insert task here]"
  9. Keiki646 said:

    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ LEDs Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148329 $135.99


    $136 for CAS 8 when CAS 7 is $104 ?
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