Best memory choice for this system/MoBo?

I'm looking to buy memory for a system I put together from Black Friday deals:

Asus P6X58D Premium

Intel i7-950


64GB Microcenter SSD

I'm a little out of date on current hardware tech (and definitely rusty on all the timing/voltage/CAS details) and don't know much about dual channel versus triple channel performance;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).

Thanks in advance for any help.
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  1. Hi erikk and welcome to Tom's forum.

    That kit doesn't match for you because is dual-channel and you need a tri-channel kit.

    Go with one of this:


    Now, 6GB are more that enough unless that you use many adobe applications at the same time.
  2. GPU:
    EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB
    Lifetime Warranty (AR)

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) TR3X6G1600C8D
    Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model 998827

    SSD: **
    ($180) Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/128GB 2.5" SATA2 (SSD)
    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA3 (SSD)

    ** 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!

    Good Luck on your Build!
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