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Memory and general advice for P8P67 system?

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January 12, 2011 7:41:53 AM

Hi everyone. I'm new here and haven't built a system in a while, so I'm trying to get back up to speed. I'm building a Windows 7 64-bit system mainly for 3D animation, motion graphics and video editing work. In particular, I want to know if I've selected the correct memory for this system, and if anyone thinks I'm making a terrible mistake about any of this. This will have 16gb RAM in it. I'll be using my existing GeForce GTX470 card.

I'm looking at two memory choices, depending on whether I go with Newegg or Tiger Direct. Links are below:

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard and Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz Quad-Core Unlocked and Intel Promotion - Civilization V Game Download Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 Dominator Dual Channel 8192MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, 9-9-9-24
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
a b } Memory
January 12, 2011 2:49:01 PM

I would get the G. Skill Rip Jaw X RAM if you can get it. The rest of your hardware choices are fine. One thing though..... I question the need for 16 GB of RAM. 4GB is enough and 8GB is lots.
January 12, 2011 4:18:49 PM

Thanks for the response. I can easily consume all 16GB RAM with a dense 3D scene, so I think I'm correct on that. I assume the 9-9-9-24 memory should be okay for my purposes? I'm not doing any hardcore gaming, although 3D rendering and processing tons of layers of 1080P video footage can certainly tax the memory thoughput at times.

On another note, am I gaining anything by getting the i7-2600K instead of the locked i7-2600 version? The benchmarks do show it performing better, but I have no plans to do any overclocking on my own.
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a b } Memory
January 12, 2011 4:35:01 PM

The K version allows you to OC which is a real bonus. Since it only costs about $20 extra, I'd say get it even if you didn't intend to OC right now.

The extra 8GB RAM will help you in your case and I would buy 9-9-9-24 for stability.
January 12, 2011 4:46:29 PM

Great, thanks! Just to confirm, the Corsair RAM is also the correct type, just in case I need to go that way for some reason?
January 14, 2011 8:26:49 PM

deastman said:
Hi everyone. I'm new here and haven't built a system in a while, so I'm trying to get back up to speed. I'm building a Windows 7 64-bit system mainly for 3D animation, motion graphics and video editing work. In particular, I want to know if I've selected the correct memory for this system, and if anyone thinks I'm making a terrible mistake about any of this. This will have 16gb RAM in it. I'll be using my existing GeForce GTX470 card.

I'm looking at two memory choices, depending on whether I go with Newegg or Tiger Direct. Links are below:

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard and Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz Quad-Core Unlocked and Intel Promotion - Civilization V Game Download Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 Dominator Dual Channel 8192MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, 9-9-9-24
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...




Let me know how your ram works out. I bought 2 8GB kits, and i'm having stability issues (which may or may not be related to the ram......running tests now
a b } Memory
January 14, 2011 8:48:04 PM

To stop the RAM trouble, I have learned that one should set the RAM voltage to 1.5v or manually set the system to run at 1333Mhz. If you are buying RAM, the Corsair Vengence runs 16000Mhz at 1.5v and is reported to work well. The other option is just running 1333 Mhz stuff. Unless you need a few more frames, it should not be a deal breaker.
January 14, 2011 9:00:56 PM

Eagle Eye_54 said:
To stop the RAM trouble, I have learned that one should set the RAM voltage to 1.5v or manually set the system to run at 1333Mhz. If you are buying RAM, the Corsair Vengence runs 16000Mhz at 1.5v and is reported to work well. The other option is just running 1333 Mhz stuff. Unless you need a few more frames, it should not be a deal breaker.



tried already. even tried jumping up the voltage higher than the 1.5. I even ran it @ 1066...and its capable to 1600. And manually adjusted the timings.

I'm still working on memtest. 2 modules down, 2 to go. After I memtest, i'm gonna try 2 modules at a time and see if I can get through intelburntest
January 16, 2011 5:01:29 AM

The ram was fine. Turns out it was the nvidia driver causing the crashes. The most recent driver 260.99(?) was causing the problem
January 16, 2011 5:44:20 AM

Thanks for the help. I went with the Newegg choices from my first post.

@rkolb86: Good to know about the nvidia drivers... I'll have to watch for that. How did you end up diagnosing the problem? And which card to you have?
January 16, 2011 5:53:39 AM

nice. I'm not a ram expert, but that ram as a 16gb kit says quad channel. I bought 2 4gb x 2 kits listed as dual channel. I bet it's the same stuff, but just something to think about. The 2 4x2 kits were $30 cheaper than the 16gb kit.
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