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What should I get RAM wise for my new computer?

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August 16, 2011 3:18:54 AM

Ok So I'm in the process of building a new computer for gaming and general use. The components I've chosen so far are below. Currently looking at ram, thinking I'm going to go with 8GB's. My question is how do I figure out the best ram to get? Can someone explain the meaning of Cas Latency and Timing to me? Sorry if these are stupid questions but I've never built my own computer unaided. I was looking at the G.Skill Ripsjaws X as they get good ratings on Newegg but I want to make sure I'm getting the most for my money and am open to suggestions (single or duel kit, companies, how much ram to get, etc).


Intel Core i5-2500K
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5
GIGABYTE SOC GTX 570

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August 16, 2011 5:37:18 PM

ko888 said:
You can always refer to the Memory Support List for that motherboard:

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_g...

Look under the table listing "Model Name: Z68XP-UD5 DDR3 1600".

Here are some suggestions for 1.5V 8GB Dual Channel Kits:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


I have looked actually but the thing is I'm not sure how to figure out which to get. I don't know what I should be looking at in the specs.
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August 16, 2011 6:01:32 PM

witches_jelly said:
I have looked actually but the thing is I'm not sure how to figure out which to get. I don't know what I should be looking at in the specs.

Timing: 10-10-10-28 <--- Slower (usually cheaper)

Timing: 9-9-9-24-2N <--- Average (most common)

Timing: 8-8-8-24 <--- Faster (usually more expensive)

Buy based on whatever your budget can handle and whether or not the memory module's heat spreader will interfere with your CPU cooling solution.
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