So I've been ready to order for about a week now but ran into some problems with newegg and their preferred account system because I am trying to ship one place and bill another. Anyway, long story short, I'm just using a credit card.
after looking at the specs...the 2nd one I linked is a little less voltage and timings are a little slower, although I don't really know anything about that stuff...would it be enough to make a difference?
I actually did not realize the second link was to the Canadian newegg, didn't even know there was such a thing (I just searched in google the name of the first one after I realize it was out of stock).
I am using AMD, not Intel, and after you pointing that out, it makes me a little weery of buying either the one I originally posted (that's out of stock) or the one you just posted MadAdmiral, because some people are saying it's not working with their AMD board?
It works, it just that they don't know how to set it right. Most reviewers on Newegg shouldn't be allowed near a pointy stick, much less a computer. The sticks work perfectly fine with AMD boards, it's just that they might not default to the correct settings, which causes problems if you don't fix it. All of that is easily avoidable if you set the specs manually in BIOS. That's something you should regardless of the build.
Yes. The reason I had asked AMD or Intel was due to some issues with AMD. The issues are minor - worst case scenario seeming to be to slightly up the voltage or lower the latency. Either way they work, they are the same price as your original choice, and even if you end up tinkering with the voltage to get them to work as stated, well you will likely find they are still running at a lower voltage than the Ripjaws
The Eco sticks are actually better. The reason they don't get recommended a lot is they usually cost around $10 to ship and their price fluctuates a lot, which make the Ripjaws slightly better for the cost.
Yes, when price is close enough I tend to suggest the ECO. Originally they were more expensive, but now there is no difference in price
RAM wise gaming or not doesn't change suggestion. It may effect other part choices, but you are AMD, so am guessing a 955 or 965 or whatever you could afford in budget. If it is the Hexcore then I would downgrade that to a quad.