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Which Memory (RAM) is best? Quick answer please.

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September 17, 2011 10:38:40 PM

Gonna order some RAM for a build I'm working on.

This is the motherboard I'm using for the build (it's already purchased and mounted)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm deciding on 8 Gb's of RAM so I looked around and decided on Ripjaw G. Skill. However I understand the mobo is compatible with DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 and has a 32 Gb limit.

That means this set of RAM sticks would work fine, correct? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since it supports all those types of RAMs why couldn't I choose a lower number RAM like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for example not necessarily that type.

Please respond, I'm ordering the RAM tonight. Thanks!
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September 17, 2011 11:41:54 PM

The default RAM frequency on AMD Phenon II CPUs is 1333 Mhz. The mobo that you have supports AM3+ CPUs meaning Bulldozer/Zambezi and similar in addition to AM3 CPUs.

The Zambezi CPUs have a default RAM speed of 1866 Mhz. so if you ever plan to use one of these CPUs you should buy 1866 Mhz. RAM for best performance. The 1866 Mhz. RAM will still work fine at 1333 Mhz. or 1600 Mhz. if you're running a Phenom II CPU.
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September 17, 2011 11:58:07 PM

so the first RAM link I listed is OK?
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September 17, 2011 11:58:53 PM

I agree with everything that BeenThere has said but I have heard that differences between timings and frequency have a very very very low impact on the real-world FPS that you will be getting (maybe a couple of frames per second). Get a brand that you like and what's in your budget. Personally I tend to lean towards Corsair because of their lifetime warranty and their exceptional products. This is a nice article for you:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/llano-apu-memory-pe...
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September 18, 2011 12:46:08 AM

Yes you can go with slower speed RAM if you desire as long as it's approved for AMD CPUs.

I concur that DDR3 RAM speed/latencies makes a very minor performance difference but I always suggest at least using RAM suited for the default CPU/RAM frequency.
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September 28, 2011 12:30:10 AM

Best answer selected by SlimJim369.
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