I'm plannig to build a new system, most likely on a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 with an i7-950. This system will mainly be for gaming. I do not plan to overclock this system.
While researching memory I found two similar models that I like. I'm thinking that the CL 7 sticks would be the best, but the CL 8 memory has more reviews and awards. I wanted to ask the experts (you guys) just to be certain which would be best.
Something to consider when selecting ram is height and cooler compatibility.
If you don't plan to add more ram in the future then high profile ram is fine.
I would go with the Pi's.
Otherwise these low profile kits 40mm Muskins,33mm Corsair are good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
I have another lingering question about the memory and motherboard. I am looking at the Memory Standard of the MB and it states that the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 is "DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800." When I look at the memory in the links above, they are all 1600 (which is not listed on the MB). Am I better off getting the ASUS P6X58D Premium that has a Memory Standard of "DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066" and includes the 1600 that matches the memory?
Thank you all again for your answers on the memory. All were helpful.
Also, If you don't plan on running more than two GPU's, I would look at either the ASUS P6X58D-E or ASUS Sabertooth X58. They will provide you similar performance of the UD5 or Premium at a lower cost.
Again, thank you all for your replies. You have been extremely helpful. Without your help I'd be in the dark about these things and finding out the hard way when I put my system together. Your graphs and links have all added to my understanding of memory and what my system can use.
I had used Asus boards for years until one was a pain in the rear (PITA?). I believe it had a nVidia chipset. I swapped it out for a Gigabyte that has worked fine and I wanted to reward that company with continued support. But I am probably going back to Asus after reading your comments and other online reviews. I'll give Asus another try. I do remember how easy it was to set up their MOBOs in the past. The Premium is about $20 more than the P6X58D-E after the Newegg price drop, rebate and free shipping are added up. I'll be pulling the trigger on that board unless I see something to dissuade me in the next 24 hours.
Now I am torn between 6 GBs of memory or 12 GBs? Will those Pi GSkills/Corsairs overheat with no RAM-fan if I have 6 2 GB sticks in my case?
The Corsairs are the least problematic and perform extremely well. As far as a fan, unless you are pushing a 1600 rated -> 1800+ running hard for hours then the fan is not needed. The GT series comes with a fan.