The 4GB kit will set me back about US$70 ea. However, the 8GB kit comes up to almost $200! Weird, I know.
The idea is to get a 4GB kit now, and another 4GB kit in a month.
The only drawback I know of is losing out on all 4 memory slots. However, I don't see myself using more than 8GB...at least not for another year. I know these are not high performance kits, but it should suit my needs fine I think.
I live in Dubai, UAE - which would explain the higher costs. Buying from online US-only stores is not ideal. I've seen other brands around - Corsair Dominators, Patriot (G-Series, Sector 5), OCZ..but I reckon they are priced similar (or more in some cases) to the 8GB kit, and will be outside my budget.
Go to the Asus site, look up your mobo and read the memory qualified vendor list, you have in there some RAM tested with your mobo. $200 for 8G isn't worth it IMO, you can get 2x2G for now. Here's some RAM from that list, there are others (google the codes):
the problem of more RAM or faster RAM cones up here ..
windows 32bit Wong be able to recognise more than 3.18 gigs ..
win 7 home premium can use 16 gigs
enterprise and ultimate can recognise 192 GB ..
most games and software don't use more than 2-3 GB .. ..so ..I'd rather get 4GB of faster RAM ..lower timings (x-x-x-xx) and higher clockspeeds ..1600mhz and upwards ..but that's just me ..
the timings represent how long the RAM sticks wait before sending the next packet of data ..7-9-7-24 ..means it waits for 7 clock cycles before sending the next packet ..
so 2 kits of 2000 MHz ram ..with tidings of 5-7-5-24 and 9-9-9-24 would pretty much that the first kit would essentially be faster ..although RAM kits with those timings are rather expensive ..although I don't know how big a diff it makes ..I mean a timing of 5 means 5 parts of a billion ..so ..I guess even slightly larger timings wouldn't make a huge difference ..