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What should I look for in a good motherboard and memory?

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August 9, 2011 5:22:42 AM

I'm about to upgrade my entire computer, But I have no idea the difference between motherboards besides the CPU socket, memory pin count, etc. One thing I just noticed is they all have different memory standards. The memory I was going to get is 240 pin DDR3 2133. The memory standard on the motherboards typically say "DDR3 2400(OC) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066"

Does this mean I must overclock my memory in order to get the full 2133 out of it?
Am I better off buying memory closer to 1866?
If I must overclock my memory, How hard is it to do, And how stable is overclocking? (Never attempted any sort of CPU, GPU, RAM overclocking)

Here's the RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for any information you can provide.

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August 9, 2011 8:02:03 AM

By (OC),it means that you have to set the settings/timings/speed of the RAM manually in the BIOS.
I'd recommend getting a good DDR3 1600MHz RAM.It's got the best price/performance ratio in DDR3 RAMs IMO
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August 9, 2011 8:41:29 AM

Maziar said:
By (OC),it means that you have to set the settings/timings/speed of the RAM manually in the BIOS.
I'd recommend getting a good DDR3 1600MHz RAM.It's got the best price/performance ratio in DDR3 RAMs IMO


Thanks for the info. I didn't know it was so simple. If money isn't an object, Would higher MHz perform better?
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August 9, 2011 8:46:47 AM

Yes,higher MHz performs better but the performance difference isn't much.
For example,you won't notice any difference between 1600 and 1866 in games or daily tasks
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August 9, 2011 8:54:10 AM

Maziar said:
Yes,higher MHz performs better but the performance difference isn't much.
For example,you won't notice any difference between 1600 and 1866 in games or daily tasks


Alright, Thanks for the quick reply.
One last question, How big of a difference will DDR2 667 to DDR3 1600+ be? Upgrading a 2006 PC here.
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August 9, 2011 8:54:20 AM

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August 9, 2011 11:15:37 AM

A notable difference(especially of the capacities aren't the same)
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