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May 5, 2012 4:14:59 AM

I've decided to upgrade from 4GB of RAM to 16GB and need opinions on a good set to go with. Cost isn't really a matter - I just want some reliable, fast, and good RAM that'll run stable.

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Motherboard: MSI 770-C45
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-C45.html#/?div=Basic

CPU: Phenom II X6 1090T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 5, 2012 4:51:58 AM

Your board will do DDR3 1600 max. So you can go with low cas latency DDR3 1600 for a slight performance gain or you can go with mainstream DDR3 1600 for a bit cheaper.

DDR3 1600 cas 7 at 1.5v. About as good as you can do with DDR3 1600. A few programs will benefit from the tight timings. $149. Lifetime warranty like with all GSkill RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DDR3 1600 cas 9 at 1.5v. Much more mainstream and to be honest with a Sandy Bridge system all you need. Since you have an AMD system though the tighter timings of the above kit will be of more use to you. It will only be something you would notice in benchmarks and certain rendering programs that take hours. So for damn good RAM just not super high performance but realistically plenty in most situations is the for much cheaper. $89. Lifetime warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also plenty of choices in between with some cas 8 stuff. Basically the lower the cas the faster the RAM all other things being equal. Is the cas 7 stuff worth the extra money? In my opinion only if you do video rendering and encoding. For gaming the 2 will perform identically.

Either of these RAM kits will fit under a large air cooler for overclocking the CPU.
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May 5, 2012 5:48:56 AM

Thanks for all of the input guys. Very helpful.
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May 5, 2012 5:49:03 AM

Best answer selected by Zozobra.
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