How much DDR3 for sandy bridge?

Looking into building a Sandy Bridge system with an i7-2600K and Asus P8P67 Pro board. My main uses are video encoding, I don't play any PC games. How much DDR3 should I be looking at and what speeds do I need if I want to overclock? I'm definitely on a budget so I'm looking for a "best bang for buck" situation. Thanks guys!
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  1. A good DDR3 1600MHz RAM with CL7/8 timings would be fine.
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    I would look at a 2x4GB set for 8GB of RAM. Having 8GB of RAM will be very useful for your applications, along with the i7 2600k :D

    If this is more on a professional level video editing build, I would still consider going with a X58 build with a Hex-Core CPU. In heavy thread usage applications, these processors are still better for 1) more cores / threads and 2) triple-channel memory.
  3. If you are using a 64 bit OS then at least 4 GB of RAM. 4GB (2x2GB) does seem to be the "sweet spot" right now for your general purpose enthusiast.
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