I'm a little out of date on current hardware tech (and definitely rusty on all the timing/voltage/CAS details) and don't know much about dual channel versus triple channel performance; is using 3 sticks just 110% worthwhile vs dual channel? I already kind of blew my budget and was going to use RAM from my last build for the time being until I realized it was DDR2 contrary to my recollection so I now need to get some RAM.
Anyone have any recommendation on a good set of RAM and/or where has a great deal on it?
I want a MINIMUM of 4GB and would much prefer at least 6GB or more but I'd rather have something that will improve regular system performance than just to have a crapload of RAM (IE rather have 6GB of super fast RAM than 12GB of slower RAM if there's very little likelihood of using more than 6GB in real world usage). I doubt I'll really be doing any overclocking in the system; I've overclocked in the past but to be honest I don't have the time anymore to tweak things out to bring out their best.
Would 3 sets of these be good? The price seems great, almost too good to be true in fact; which makes me think there's something negative about them that I just don't know how to read in the specs (IE timings/etc stink but I don't realize it). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
** I 100% understand budget, and my only concern is getting a 'small' SSD. 128GB is the smallest that 'I' recommend; you really (really) want an SSD that will hold both your OS + Apps. Otherwise, it becomes a nightmare and a true aggravation to custom install every App onto a HDD, and otherwise defeats the speed gains. The great news is the prices are dropping, the Kingston above was ~$350 this spring!