The timings on ddr3 are actually a little slower (higher number = slower performance). I see modest improvement by increasing the ram quantity to 16 gb, but even 8 is plenty fast. You want the best bang for the buck increase, then switch to a sata III board and sandforce ssd. 60 gb is enough for several programs, but not for games. I paid $70 for my ocz after rebate. It's transfer rate with hdtune was around 400kb/sec.