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RAM choice A or B for P8Z77-V PRO and 3770k

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May 23, 2012 3:24:55 PM

I'm struggling here with RAM choice for video editing build:

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Mwave)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($85.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-206DBKS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.99 @ eCost)
Total: $2201.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-23 11:09 EDT-0400)



I decided to change my initial memory choice to go with 32GB of RAM and intitially chose:



A.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL

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



I was told that 10-10-10-30 may be a problem so then I ordered this:


B.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

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


Choice B is more expensive and I believe higher quality. Also it is listed as dual channel where choice A is listed as quad channel. My motherboard, P8Z77-V PRO, is described as dual channel memory architecture. (Can't say I totally understand that despite reading about it.)

So my question is should I go with A or B? (please don't C or start over unless you really think I should.)

Oh yeah, I can't find any of them listed in the QVL - no 32GB kits within reason or even similar 8GB sticks.

Thanks a ton.




a b } Memory
May 23, 2012 5:55:29 PM

quad channel ram will still work as dual channel, and since the second one is cheaper i would go for that, seeing that these are pretty much the same
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May 23, 2012 6:34:17 PM

so the latency 9-9-9 vs. 10-10-10 doesn't bother you? You'd just go with the cheaper one?

That's what I thought too but someone told me the 10-10-10 may cause probs.(it's cheaper though)

Thanks for your answer.
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May 23, 2012 6:58:37 PM

I would consider the Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 Model 994050 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB/stick densities run a little slower, but in very rare instances do you 'need' >8GB unless you're rendering, databases, video, etc or want/need a RAM Drive. For gaming I don't advise 8GB/stick densities. The negative to 8GB is their current stability issues and in most cases you'll need to tweak some voltages to avoid occasional errors and BSOD's. Make certain you either reduce the Page file or move it off the SSD.

If it were 'me' I'd get the Corsair H100, look at the Corsair Obsidian Series 550D, and if you're archiving then the LG BR (or DVD writer) with M-DISC.
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May 23, 2012 11:26:47 PM

Thanks for the answer.

I appreciate the suggestion of the Mushkin RAM although it seems pretty similar to the one I already purchased:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

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

Is there a reason to change? The specs seem nearly identical between your suggestion and the one I've already ordered except for some reason the G.Skill only lists 9-9-9 rather than 9-9-9-24 for some reason, G.Skill is $15 more expensive and the Mushkin is 1.6v rather than 1.5v. I thought Ivy Bridge was supposed to take 1.5v.


Thank you.
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May 24, 2012 12:18:27 AM

nottheratboy said:
Thanks for the answer.

I appreciate the suggestion of the Mushkin RAM although it seems pretty similar to the one I already purchased:...

I must have missed that part.
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May 24, 2012 1:16:44 AM

I probably should have been more clear about that. I know there was a lot of info in that initial post of mine too.

If you keep your question too brief people say they need more info to make a rec but if you give too much information it gets confusing or looks like a wall of text.


So based on your recommendation and it's similarity to what I have ordered, do you think I'm ok with this, the 9-9-9:


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231569


or do you think I should just go with the similar, cheaper kit with 10-10-10-30.

...or do you feel strongly that I should order a third set of RAM because my first two choices are so far off.

Thanks. :) 
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May 24, 2012 2:03:33 AM

IF you want 64GB and already have ' F3-1600C9Q-32GXM' then ONLY get another kit of ' F3-1600C9Q-32GXM.' Otherwise I am totally confused what you're asking?!

If I wanted 64GB of RAM then my first choice is to get a 64GB fully matched & optimized kit or hope DDR3-1600 CAS 10 as (2) sets works.

This chart is indicative of 'performance':
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May 24, 2012 10:38:08 AM

Sorry for the confusion. :) 

I only want the 32GB which is supported by my motherboard. I initially "built" the theoretical computer on pcpartpicker shown in my initial post with only 16GB. It's not built yet other than on paper although I do own some parts.

Then I decided I wanted 32GB (only 32 total) and didn't buy the 16GB kit and did buy the 32GB kit labeled "A", the 10-10-10-30 in my first post. I own it now, still in the package.

One of the Tom's members suggested he didn't like the 10-10-10 and thought it might cause problems. So then I ordered another similar 32GB kit, labeled "B" in my first post which is 9-9-9. This is in the mail.

I just want to know which of the 32GB kits to install "A" the 10-10-10 or "B" the 9-9-9. I only want 32GB total in my computer and just want to pick the right one and send the other back. Based upon your prior Mushkin memory suggestion I think you would say the 9-9-9

None of these are listed on the QVL resulting in my confusion.

Thanks for putting up with this.
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May 24, 2012 1:26:17 PM

Most 8GB/stick sets are not going to be found on Consumer QVL lists. IF you're going to be doing a lot of rendering (databases or video) then sure keep the CAS 9 32GB ('B') set and return the ('A') set. Otherwise it won't matter to most other applications.

I have an X79 and 'I' can use 8xDIMM so -- who knows maybe that was a thought for you as well...
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May 24, 2012 4:20:24 PM

Thank you. I appreciate your persistence. :D 
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June 1, 2012 3:22:41 PM

Best answer selected by nottheratboy.
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June 1, 2012 4:00:28 PM

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