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Intel i7 960/Memory combinations

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December 6, 2010 3:22:41 PM

On the Intel website it lists memory specifications for the i7 960 as DDR3-800/1066
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37151

I'm looking to use a triple channel memory build in my PC and I was wondering if I should stick with 1066 memory. After narrowing my options on Newegg (240-Pin DDR3 --> 1066 --> Triple Channel) I have a total of 4 options. Which leaves me to go with this option = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't have a problem with Kingston, but there is different memory I would rather use and when deciding on what motherboard to use for my build I want to figure out what type of memory would be acceptable in conjunction with the i7 960 Processor. What do you guys recommend?
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December 6, 2010 7:58:35 PM

Any DDR3 memory is acceptable.

If you are super concerned with compatibility, read the motherboard manual to find memory that has been tested with the motherboard.

It is also recommended to use triple channel configurations but you can also use dual or single channel at the cost of some performance.

I recommend this memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is faster, cheaper and by a reliable memory brand. There is no reason for heatsinks unless there is some kind of extreme overclocking case. Also, memory is the lowest performance/cost ratio component in your system. Unless you are really tweaking your system as the best, or your applications require a lot of memory throughput then there is no point in getting more expensive memory that is slightly faster.

On the Intel website it lists memory specifications for the i7 960 as DDR3-800/1066
Do not be concerned about this. Someone else might be able to explain about this better.
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December 8, 2010 3:05:03 PM

A very good read for you+all the lurkers out there

i7-960 costs $580 on newegg - a mere 200MHz higher than the i7-950 and costs $285 more.

For your build, get the i7-950 - cost $295 together, with an x58 mobo with these CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB)DDR3 1600MHz rams will deal you a sweet spot for you.

with that money you just saved , you'll make a kick*** build. A mild CPU overclock will take you to i7-960 specs and everyone with these(i7-9xx) builds use 1333/1600MHz rams.
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