I am new to the forum section of this site but I've been an avid reader for years. Anyway I need some help figuring out what would be the best memory to go with for my new gaming rig I am building here very soon. I've looked at gigabyte's recommended memory for my exact board and Its helpful and all but I would like to know what you guys like to use and is the best for overclocking/reliability. I'm not really dead set one anything at the moment but I would like two 4gb dimms or unless recommended otherwise. Money isn't really an issue seeing as memory is super cheap!
Here are my specs: Keep in mind I haven't purchased everything
evga 3gb gtx 580
ssd: recommendations please?
asus dvd rom
If I am forgetting anything forgive me, constructive criticism appreciated.
All of the name brand RAM will OC some but in reality it's hardly worth the effort. Bumping the frequency from 1333 Mhz. to 1600 Mhz. is tpyically worth ~1% or less in system performance. 8 GB. in a 2x 4 GB. config. is the best option for most folks. Even RAM CAS latency makes little difference with DDR3 RAM as the frequency and bandwidth are higher to start with compared to DDR2/DDR.
SSD drives are an issue right now with reliability and compatibility as they are still immature technology and cause a lot of problems. Read the link below for more info.
SSD - On my servers I only use Intel, on my other non-critical builds i.e. Gaming PC's the Write life don't worry me especially with TRIM. So Faster = Better! The OCZ Vertex3 are fine and incredibly fast. On the Gaming rig I use the older Crucial C300 and have had zero issues and no problems after several OCZ Vertex3. Time will tell...
I had fun with getting the F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL to work with another OP, and if this is for gaming IMO stick with the F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM.
Revisit the RAM Frequency + CAS study link above. If you want to best of both worlds also look at the F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH they can OC and have extremely low CAS. You need to know what you're doing to get the high frequency and low CAS - the feedback is because most don't.
I've never had ANY blow-back from the F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM that I've recommended or used in builds.
I've been 'learned' not to second guess CPU's and their performance until there out and can be tested. The SB-E really disappointed me, and about all I guessed right about was their approximate release dates.
This much I can say, unless the BCLK can be increased I don't expect more than one notch-up in in memory frequency i.e. 1866 MHz might add a FPS or two.