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December 25, 2010 7:31:32 PM

Hey Merry Christmas everyone, I hope everyones doing good. I am currently looking for ram as I like to edit with Sony Vegas and After Effects. I lag pretty hard with these specs

Windows7 64bit
2 hard Drives 300gbs?, 7200rpm I believe
Video Card ATI SAPPHIRE 4830
Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core @ 3.0ghz

My RAM (3 gbs of these)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MY MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was wondering if I HAD TO use the "Qualified Vendors List" in my motherboard manual because with my mobo settings it seems like I would be able to buy outside of it, but I'm noob to buying proper and best RAM possible.

I only have a price range of 60, but I'll take whatever I can if it'll help me edit. I do play games, but not too much problems in that area.

I want to buy this set of RAM below, but its not on my "Qualified Vendors List" and also the ram timings are faster to what I have now? If I remember correctly, when you buy faster ram it won't matter because it only runs as fast as your lowest timings? If someone can clear this up for me how this works based on the memory I have and want to buy I'd Appreciate it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance.

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December 26, 2010 2:31:14 AM

mosox said:
You can try with some RAM with the same speed, voltage and latency:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yep, if it's 1600 it will work at 1333 but the timings and voltage better be the same.


Was waiting for a reply before I order. It's the weekend so it's not like newegg is going to send it tmrw if I order today. Umm okay so now if someone can answer these questions I will be on my way to ordering =].

1. Is it better to have 6gbs of ram at 1333mhz at latency 9-9-9-24 or get the one I wanted to buy in my original post? Which was 4GB of 1600mhz and latency 9-9-9-24-2N? I have no clue what the 2N means.

2. It doesnt matter if I cross brands together right? Patriot is what I have now and I was thinking of getting G.Skill.

3. If I were to get ram speed at 1333mhz (which is what I have now), but decide to get latency timings faster (8-8-8-21 for example) will it be useless because my latencys will only go as fast as my slowest latency? That sounds horribly written, but i hope I get my point across lol.

The one i was thinking of getting was this, IF the timings DONT go as fast as my SLOWEST ram in my motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the quick reply mosox =]
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December 26, 2010 2:54:31 AM

Since the 1600 RAM will work at the slowest RAM speed present (1333) there's no point in getting 1600. Even if you had 1600 it would work at 1333 anyway unless you overclock due to the memory controller in the CPU.

There's no difference between CAS9 or CAS8 or 1600 or 1333 or whatever, it's milliseconds and you can notice a small difference only in some benchmarks not in your applications - only the RAM quantity does matter, the more the better.

2N is the command rate or something don't bother with that either.

Different brands work together most of the time and those G.Skill have a heatsink so you can get those instead of the Patriot. Same brand, different sticks might not work together as well, it's hit or miss and you can RMA if not working and get something else.

Put the new sticks in the first slots.



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December 27, 2010 4:41:05 AM

mosox said:
Since the 1600 RAM will work at the slowest RAM speed present (1333) there's no point in getting 1600. Even if you had 1600 it would work at 1333 anyway unless you overclock due to the memory controller in the CPU.

There's no difference between CAS9 or CAS8 or 1600 or 1333 or whatever, it's milliseconds and you can notice a small difference only in some benchmarks not in your applications - only the RAM quantity does matter, the more the better.

2N is the command rate or something don't bother with that either.

Different brands work together most of the time and those G.Skill have a heatsink so you can get those instead of the Patriot. Same brand, different sticks might not work together as well, it's hit or miss and you can RMA if not working and get something else.

Put the new sticks in the first slots.


Alright thanks for your opinion. I'll be buying the ram below since you said the 1600 and 1333 dont seperate in speed too much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Just purchased $54.99

I was rethinking this Wintec brand below because they have no complaints at all so far and I would save $9, but I figured its best to go with the better brand name and not have problems (even though there have been customers with some problems).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $45.99
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January 6, 2011 2:23:37 AM

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