It depends on your ASUS MOBO, the cheaper <12 Phase typically require a higher vCore, CPU (luck of the draw), HSF and Target OC (GHz). 4.4GHz to 4.5GHz is relatively easy.Don't exceed a 1.45v vCore and this spread sheet will give you an idea for MOBO - CPU - vCore ; see -> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoXai57oo6... For 7/24 IMO 1.35v~1.40v and as far as settings Less = More.
I have decided on the Asus Z68 LGA1155 and the 2500K Sandy. My mobo with be either the MAXIMUS or the DELUXE both Gen3.
What DDR3 should I get? I want to OC the hell of of this little chip. I will upgrade the cooler, and the case is going to be a COSMO II. Right now I have a Thermaltake Armor 10 bay full tower till the COSMOS II is released.
What speed DDR3 should I get? WHat brand? What model?
I want 16GB I think. 4x4GB probably.
My budget is $200 or less.
I saw some RIPJAWZ and G.SKILL models for about $129 that seemed to fit the bill. Worth it over CORSAIR or MUSHKIN ?
As fas as picking, I'd probably choose the 'Blue' 1.35v as being more color coordinated. RAM is becoming more efficient and with lower nm lithography requiring lower voltage. Just set the RAM, in any case, manually: DRAM Frequency, CAS Timings, DRAM Voltage -- I've posted so many times the settings just Google or PM me later if you need help.