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September 25, 2011 5:40:25 PM

Hello all,

I asked for advice here about a month ago, and got some excellent tips on upgrading my mobo/cpu/memory to get faster 3D rendering on my production desktop.

I am just about to order, and I realize I still don't understand memory speeds well enough to make a good choice.

What I'm leaning toward is the i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU with the Asrock Z68 Pro3-M board.

I'm now trying to figure out memory speed, and I've seen a post elsewhere stating that 1600 Mhz is the "sweet spot" for this cpu, and also to look for 1.5Volt memory.

So I've found G.Skills "sniper" on newegg--it is 1600mhz, 1.25 volt (lower than 1.5V??), 9-9-9-24 ---sells for $60 right now

(G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) )

So my question: is this a good fit? Is there a better option I should look at? I'm not ready to do any overclocking to begin with, but wouldn't rule it out for the future. For now, I just want to plug n play.

Thanks very much for your advice!
LML

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September 25, 2011 6:03:40 PM

Any DDR3 RAM approved for your Intel CPU will work. The default RAM speed for your CPU is 1066/1333 Mhz. If you intend to OC the RAM then "1600" is fine though there is only ~1% system improvement with OC'ing the RAM to 1333 Mhz. That being said 1600 Mhz. RAM is so cheap right now that it's the best bargin so it's worth buying it. Lower voltage RAM is OK but of no particular benefit (except in laptops), in most instances, especially if it cost more.

http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K...(8M-Cache-3_40-GHz)
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September 25, 2011 6:21:14 PM

thanks beenthere

can't find a memory list for the i7-2600k cpu; is the above-mentioned G.Skill going to work? I know it's approved for the mobo...
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October 5, 2011 12:05:51 AM

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