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First Time Build - Need Dependable RAM

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December 3, 2010 5:57:22 AM

I'm about to build my first PC and have pretty much all the parts picked out... except the RAM. I'm having a hell of a time trying to pick something that "fits" the build. The system is going to be mainly a gaming and audio recording rig, and I plan on trying some overclocking. It's a mostly no-frills build, as I'm on a budget; however, I am willing to pay a little bit extra for quality and stability.

So far, I've obtained the following parts:
Case: Antec 902 (exceptional cooling from what I've heard)
Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro M600 (modular with flat black cables, 40A +12V rail, enough wattage for my needs)
Motherboard: MSI P55-CD53 (reviews say it's a good overclocker, and it fits my no-frills build perfectly)

I plan to obtain:
Processor: i5-760 (going to overclock as high as I can @ 1.4V)
Video Card: either a 6850 or 6870
Hard Drive: something cheap for now until SSD 120GB drives are reasonably priced

The last key piece is the memory, but I cannot make up my mind!

My MB runs PC3-8500, PC3-10600, and PC3-12800. It recommends 1.65V rating with XMP for its OC Genie feature (which I will probably try once before OCing it manually). On the other hand, I've seen recommendations for using 1.5V RAM on the P55 chipset, so I'm not sure which would be optimal.

Although not necessary, I'd kind of like the RAM to jive with the black and blue theme of the case and MB.

These are some chips I've found from manufacturer's I trust that are supposedly compatible with my motherboard:
GSkill F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Crucial CT51264BA1339 (recommended model for my motherboard by Crucial's site, but it doesn't fit the color scheme *gasp*)
Crucial BL2KIT25664TB1608
Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Corsair CMP4GX3M2A1600C9
Kingston KHX1600C9AD3K2/4G

Which of these would you buy? Or is there a "magic" DIMM not on my list?
a b } Memory
December 3, 2010 10:02:06 AM

Go to the MSI site, look up your mobo and get one from the memory list in there (it should be under "test reports" for MSI).
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December 3, 2010 9:03:39 PM

Ahhh, that's where the QVL was hiding!

After consulting the list there are three options for me from the "DDR III OC RAM" chart:

Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX
Kingston KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX
GSkill F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

I don't see any difference between the two Kingston sticks besides the price and fanciness of the heat spreaders. They're both 1600, CAS 8, 1.65V with XMP. They also just happen to be the perfect color.

The GSkill is much cheaper, running at 1600, CAS 9, 1.5V with no XMP. Unfortunately, the heat spreaders are red, but I can live with that.

If I grab the cheaper of the two Kingston models, will the performance justify spending over $30 more than the GSkill sticks? And if the Kingston sticks are the way to go, is it worth another extra $20 for the fancy heat spreaders?
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December 3, 2010 10:50:29 PM

You can get the cheaper ones (G Skill) and they are standard voltage too (1.5V). Or the cheaper Kingston if you prefer blue.
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