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Newbie Question: Choosing right RAM for 1st build

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October 5, 2010 6:17:59 PM

Hey all! As I mentioned on a different thread I am planning my first build and trying to cross all my T's and dot my i's.

I have chosen the following MoBo and CPU. I need help choosing the right RAM.

My foundation is: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 w/ an AMD Phenom II X4 965

The memory specs call for: DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066

Can I run: DDR3 1600 SDRAM since this is capable of OC memory?
I'm considering G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Thanks! I'm trying to research and do things right the first time.

I welcome any suggestions, comments and opinions!

Michael

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October 5, 2010 7:23:42 PM

Hello
Yes you can run that RAM fine on your motherboard.
However,2000(O.C) doesn't mean that its capable of OC'ng,it means that if you use a DDR3 2000MHz RAM,then you have to set the timings,speeds and voltage manually in the BIOS.
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October 5, 2010 8:04:37 PM

Thanks! That makes perfect sense. :-)
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October 5, 2010 9:44:35 PM

Agree w/Maziar and to answer your question on suggestions on RAM I would suggest going with a good, reliable company with a well-designed heatsink is really the way to go. Companies I trust would include: Corsair, Kingston, OCZ, G.Skill, Mushkin, and Patriot (although not in that order).

The one you went with G.Skill Ripjaws are not only really good. Other series that are similar in terms of performance and price are the Corsair XMS3 and OCZ Reapers.

There are all the options although I went with the RipJaws and nearly a year later I have not had a complaint.
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October 6, 2010 12:56:04 PM

Thanks a bunch!
After looking closer I think I'm going to go with G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB). This is 1333 and less money than (4) chips @ 2 GB.
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October 7, 2010 10:13:18 PM

great, glad I could help!
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October 15, 2010 7:47:34 PM

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