I just bought a AMD Phenom II x4 955 and will be buying an Asus M4A88TD-V EVO board in the next couple days.
Now the board says it supports: 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Now what should I be looking for as far as ram goes, low timing's, high capacity? I'd like to get some fast ram, but for about $100.
Also I'll very likely be overclocking my phenom to ~4 ghz I dont know if this will impact what ram to buy?
Should I be looking for lower timing's or higher speed's? I've seen some 7-7-7-7 1333 ram, but then I see lots of 9+ timing's on 2000 ram... What's better?
Edit: My board supports up to 16gb of ram, realistically will I ever need that much? I'm wondering if I should get a dual channel 4gb kit, and possibly buy another 4gb later. Would it be better to buy 8 gb now, and 8 later, or is 16 gb overkill? I do alot of multitasking, but definitely not 16gb worth...
It is cas 9,
4 gb, comes with fan
also in the detail's it says it's made for the board's I'm looking at getting.
Thing that's confusing me is the 2000 mhz speed is listed as O.C
Does that mean I need to overclock it myself, or can I just buy 2000 mhz ram from newegg? (IE: is 2000 mhz ram generally classified as 'overclocked' and you can buy it like that, kind of like graphics cards? You can buy some that are o.c'd?)
Looking at the supported memory list, the 2x 4GB is not listed, but the 2x 2gb is..
Would the 8 gb work also, and they just have not updated the .pdf?
(The 8gb's part num is: F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL, also the board I'm likely going to get is the M4A89GTD PRO, mainly because of the dual 8x pci-e slots)
So would you recommend I go 4 or 8?
The 4 gb would leave me with some spare cash for a cpu cooler and psu. But it would limit me to 8gb. Which isn't a big deal I think?