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a b V Motherboard
June 2, 2012 8:04:42 PM

Hello guys,i wanted to upgrade my ram,maybe putting 8gb.I just wanted to know what would be the best RAM for my pc.
Motherboard:MSI P67A-C45 B3
CPU:i5-2400
GPU:GTX 560 factory overclocked
psu:500w 80+


Note:p rice is not an issue as long as it is 8gb or less.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
June 2, 2012 9:08:59 PM

That one ^ will do fine : )
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June 3, 2012 11:15:16 AM

kingston,corsair,crucial,g skill,mushkin,etc all are good brands.it depends on your taste.just make sure it is 1600mhz and 1.5V(or less like 1.35V) kit.here are my recommendations according to color and all of them perform almost same:
black-
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Blue-
kingston hyperx blu 8GB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
white-
corsair vengeance white 8GB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good luck with your choice ;) 
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June 3, 2012 11:31:41 AM

There is no reason you should buy a 1600Mhz RAM. 2x4GB 1333Mhz will be enough for you. Core i5 2400 supports bandwidth max of 21.2GB/s which in case of your 1600Mhz purchase would reach 25.6GB/s. This extra 4.4 Ghz won't be used so why waste money on big numbers?

I would suggest 2x4GB "good manufacturer" 1333Mhz RAM.
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June 3, 2012 11:35:53 AM

^good point but if you read out some forums and articles like this -
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I think we confirmed what we pretty much knew all along: Sandy Bridge's improved memory controller has all but eliminated the need for extreme memory bandwidth, at least for this architecture. It's only when you get down to DDR3-1333 that you see a minor performance penalty. The sweet spot appears to be at DDR3-1600, where you will see a minor performance increase over DDR3-1333 with only a slight increase in cost. The performance increase gained by going up to DDR3-1866 or DDR3-2133 isn't nearly as pronounced.

source- http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
then you will find that 1600mhz is *most highly* preferred ram speed.anything above 1600mhz is waste.
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June 3, 2012 11:51:13 AM

both are good,just go with low profile and cheaper kit.better checkout my previous post.
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June 3, 2012 11:58:26 AM

why spend $60 when you can get same performance for less?
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a b V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 12:25:46 PM

hellfire24 said:
why spend $60 when you can get same performance for less?

yeah you are right..
But in terms of quality/stability/overclockabily which is a better brand Corsair or Gskill ?
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June 3, 2012 12:29:36 PM

in terms of quality/stability/overclocking potential you don't need it(in fact no one needs it) Crucial is best IMO.they have lowest failure rates but they don't look cool as corsair or G skill.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 12:36:02 PM

I say Corsair is better : )
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a b V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 12:36:18 PM

does a lower timing=better performance?
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June 3, 2012 12:37:54 PM

nikorr said:
I say Corsair is better : )


their customer service is excellent.
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a b V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 12:50:52 PM

does a lower timing=better performance?
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June 3, 2012 1:11:03 PM

Well usually faster the timing better will be the performance as it'll be in sync with CPU speed but in some cases choosing higher speeds rather than optimum speeds have posed problems like system hanging and slow downs.
So choose an optimum performance RAM rather than searching for faster RAM
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a c 328 V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 1:17:42 PM

ash256 said:
does a lower timing=better performance?

Well, its nothing that u will notice with your eyes : )

Only long encoding 7hrs+ or a benchmarks will show something to notice.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 1:21:18 PM

ash256 said:
does a lower timing=better performance?

Yes, both higher frequency and lower CAS Timings increase performance.

CAS latency = (CAS / Frequency (MHz)) × 1000 = X ns

CAS latency = (8 / 800) × 1000 = 10.00 ns ; CAS 8 DDR3-1600
CAS latency = (9 / 800) × 1000 = 11.25 ns ; CAS 9 DDR3-1600

Chart:
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June 3, 2012 1:27:41 PM

nikorr said:
Well, its nothing that u will notice with your eyes : )

Only long encoding 7hrs+ or a benchmarks will show something to notice.

The reason I like the (F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM) kit is because it behaves very well and has an excellent track record. The performance gains are minimal, but so are the potential headaches compared to other kits.

Certain lines of RAM are great and ditto some are bad even from the same 'assembler' or OEM Mfg. Example I love Corsair Dominator's but you couldn't give me free Corsair XMS series. It's all in the quality and selection of the IC's.
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