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July 9, 2010 9:05:13 PM

Im finalizing my build and wanted to see what memory you guys would recommend for me to use

the motherboard is this ASUS Mobo

i was looking at GSKILL sticks, specifically these two, but I was worried about the compatibility with AMD platforms based on quickly looking at some comments

These come out to 95 after coupon code

These are 99

I don't care about the price difference since it's only 5 bucks but I want what would be better for my system.

Other parts for the system are the AMD 955, 2 samsung spinpoint HDD's (1TB, 500GB), antec 2 hundred v2 case, most likely a liteon optical, and a corsair 450vx PSU

Thanks in advance for any answers :) 

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July 9, 2010 9:21:18 PM

Either should work fine in an AMD build regardless of Intel comments. DDR3 std is the same for both platforms.
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July 9, 2010 9:25:57 PM

Either one will work fine, i would go for the $99 red ones as they are lower voltage, they have slightly looser timings but the 1.5V means they will boot without adjustment the first time, and lower voltage is generally a sign of slightly better chips.
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July 9, 2010 9:28:31 PM

For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.
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Anonymous
July 10, 2010 1:04:45 AM

geofelt said:
For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.


Like I said I was between those 2 GSKILL sticks. Not patriot, ocz, kingston, etc. Don't see anything wrong with asking peoples opinions regarding those sticks. I did my own homework. That's why I decided on GSKILL to begin with. I know both would WORK with my motherboard, just basically wanted people's opinion over which would be better between those 2 sets. Some people said though compatible one set was a pain to set up so I wanted to see if you guys knew the truth behind that. I don't see anything wrong with asking that
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July 10, 2010 1:31:38 AM

Sorry, I did not mean to offend you.
Once you have established that the prospective ram will work with your motherboard, then not much else matters.

The two sticks are essentially the same. one is 1.65v with better timings, the other is 1.5v with looser timings. at 1.5v, either should work about the same. Unless you have a cpu cooler which restricts ram height, either should work.

How to choose? Do you like red or blue?
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Anonymous
July 10, 2010 2:06:17 AM

If there's really virtually no difference, that's fine, just wasn't sure if there was one that people would specifically suggest.
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