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Whats the best Ram to put in my new mobo - Asus M4A78T-E

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March 10, 2012 12:13:40 AM

I've just got an Asus M4A78T-E mobo delivered

Here it is: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A78TE/#overvi...

I had the DDR2 version of this motherboard but felt like an upgrade to DDR3 version!!


After researching, I'm stuck on deciding which ram to get out of these below. Which one would you say is the best and compatible?

Corsair Vengeance - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-16gb--4x...

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer- http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/memory-pc...

Corsair XMS3 - http://www.ebuyer.com/247674-corsair-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-133...

Corsair XMS - http://www.ebuyer.com/274407-corsair-12gb-3x4gb-ddr3-16...

Also shall I go with 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz? And CAS Latency: 9-9-9-24 or CAS Latency: 9-9-9-27
a b } Memory
March 10, 2012 1:11:55 AM

First one. Reason: #1 it's 16GB instead of 8 for only 15 more, but the only thing going for #2 is a CAS 8. #3 is nothing special and #4 is triple channel for LGA1366 Intel chips. Just make sure your heatsink and fan will clear the tall RAM.

And 1333 or 1600 will do fine if you go a different route, and the lower the CAS, the better the RAM (with exceptions).
March 10, 2012 1:17:13 AM

scottiemedic said:
First one. Reason: #1 it's 16GB instead of 8 for only 15 more, but the only thing going for #2 is a CAS 8. #3 is nothing special and #4 is triple channel for LGA1366 Intel chips. Just make sure your heatsink and fan will clear the tall RAM.

And 1333 or 1600 will do fine if you go a different route, and the lower the CAS, the better the RAM (with exceptions).


Hi scottie, thanks for the reply.

I was going to get 16GB of ram anyway, I just posted them links so people can see each of the ram sticks I am comparing :) 

Will 4x of 1600Mhz ram sticks work in my mobo??

I guess the 1600 sticks will default to 1333, and run at 1333 but if I go into the BIOS and change the settings I can then get the memory to clock at 1600??

Is that correct?

Thanks
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a b } Memory
March 10, 2012 1:20:15 AM

That is correct. It will run at 1333 or at 1600 if you OC. 4 sticks of RAM will fit, you have 4 RAM slots.

If you're going to get 16GB and have the extra money, then I'd go for 2 sets of #2. I thought it was just those exact links you were looking at. #2 is 1600 and has better timing. Again, check your HSF clearance before you pull the trigger.
March 10, 2012 2:04:52 AM

scottiemedic said:
That is correct. It will run at 1333 or at 1600 if you OC. 4 sticks of RAM will fit, you have 4 RAM slots.

If you're going to get 16GB and have the extra money, then I'd go for 2 sets of #2. I thought it was just those exact links you were looking at. #2 is 1600 and has better timing. Again, check your HSF clearance before you pull the trigger.


Those links where just to show each brand model to compare in which one is the best out the all:) 

Is this the 2 x 8GB stick you mean: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(2x8gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-10-10-10-27-xm

Timing seems to be different? :??: 
March 10, 2012 2:45:33 AM

scottiemedic said:
Get the Crucial Ballistix, 4x4GB if you can find a set, or 2 sets of 2x4gb if there isn't a 16GB set.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/memory-pc...


Ok cool. Thanks.

Also when I bought the mobo of ebay the am2 bracket for the heatsink is missing, where can I get the orignal replacement?
a b } Memory
March 10, 2012 2:56:35 AM

Contact the heatsink manufacturer or try good ole eBay for it (or get a whole new cooler)
March 10, 2012 3:01:25 AM

scottiemedic said:
Contact the heatsink manufacturer or try good ole eBay for it (or get a whole new cooler)


I mean the whole bracket has gone off the actually mobo, where the heatsink sits onto. The black plastic surrounding
a b } Memory
March 10, 2012 3:03:52 AM

In that case, try contacting ASUS. If they can't help, they can point you the right way. Take a pic when you get it so they can see the exact piece you need replaced.
March 10, 2012 11:22:00 PM

scottiemedic said:
In that case, try contacting ASUS. If they can't help, they can point you the right way. Take a pic when you get it so they can see the exact piece you need replaced.


Sorted now :) 
a b } Memory
March 10, 2012 11:35:33 PM

Good to hear. Thanks for letting me know!
March 11, 2012 1:48:33 AM

scottiemedic said:
Good to hear. Thanks for letting me know!


No problem :) 

I find 2 sellers on ebay that are selling a Retention Bracket + Backpla​te. Hopefully I'd win it for £3 delivered.

Asus do a Retention Bracket replacement but its $12.99. I am in the UK so i don't know how much it would be in total with delivery....
a b } Memory
March 11, 2012 3:07:51 AM

I love eBay. I buy old laptops and towers off Craigslist for cheap, upgrade and fix problems in them, reload them and resell them for extra spending money! A LOT of parts have come off eBay!
March 11, 2012 9:04:37 AM

scottiemedic said:
I love eBay. I buy old laptops and towers off Craigslist for cheap, upgrade and fix problems in them, reload them and resell them for extra spending money! A LOT of parts have come off eBay!


Sounds good! You work like me, I do exactly the same thing!! Maybe not as much as you though :D 

I buy broken phones, laptops, ps3s etc and fix them up or use them as spare parts... Ebay is so good for parts that are so hard to find!! And its cheaper then ordering direct from the manufacturer, wouldn't you agree? :) 

Lastnight I searched for sellers in the UK for an orignal Retention Bracket and 2 sellers came up so I contacted them, one of the sellers did a buy now price for me: £5 delivered :) 

Here is the Retention Bracket I just bought on ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160755217460?ssPageName=STRK:...

And heres my replacement Asus are selling: http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=...

They look exactly the same, don't you think?
a b } Memory
March 11, 2012 5:05:38 PM

Yeah, that should definately work for your CPU! Good luck and have fun!
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