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P67 Board + Core i5 2500K - Suitable memory?

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August 28, 2011 11:15:41 PM

Hi everyone

I'm planning a new build and I was wondering what memory to buy.

Both the Asrock P67 Pro3 and the ASUS P8P67 support DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 and I'd like to overclock the 2500K to at least 4Ghz.
What 8GB kit would be suitable to achieve this overclock? I'm not an extreme overclocker, so value for money would be at the top of my list...would a 1600 kit be OK or would it limit my overclock?

Thanks for any recommendations.


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August 28, 2011 11:22:16 PM

Well I haven't OC'd RAM much, but generally if you get stock voltaged RAM that run at the highest speed you can afford (1600 Mhz sounds good) than you usually have the best chance at getting a stable OC with them. I would stick with 2 x 4gb sets instead of 4 x 2 gb sets. This should give you a good chance at an OC and still keep you in Dual-Channel mode.
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a b K Overclocking
August 29, 2011 1:22:01 AM

Ram speed is completely separate and irrelevant when overclocking a sandy bridge cpu. But the best price/performance is 1600 preferably 1.5v, 2x2gb or 2x4gb. A 4ghz OC is very low, I hope you look up more info when you do OC.
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August 29, 2011 5:14:31 PM

Yeah, I'm still stuck in the Pentium 4 and Core 2 era...wasn't quite sure whether the overclock is dependent on the RAM speed. 1600 RAM seems to be the best choice I guess. I probably won't get much benefit out of overclocking more than 4Ghz, I'm not very ambitious ;) 

Thanks for your input guys!
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a b K Overclocking
August 29, 2011 10:34:51 PM

Actually you're not stuck in any era, SB was the first and only of it's kind to change how to OC. SBE will OC the traditional way like any other cpu.

At 4.0ghz you might actually be able lower the voltage below stock and be stable.

8gb 1866 for ~$60, I'd get that if I needed ram.
August 30, 2011 5:12:30 PM

Yeah I haven't been keeping up to date lately...but my E7500 isn't cutting it anymore - I need a quadcore. Hopefully it should be easy to overclock...unfortunately I'm in Europe so no Newegg fo me :( 
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