Could someone please advise of the best combination ot buy for this mobo.
Also whats confusing me is the diff dimm slot colours. Im assuming to get the best out of any set i get, i should use the same colour dimm slots (so only 2) and get 2x 8gb ram sticks, or it wont make a difference if i get 4x 4gb ram sticks and throw them all on?
it's harder to work with more sticks of ram so I'd personally stick with 2 sticks of 8Gb in your case, check your motherboard's ram populating rule in the manual, It usually says that you should populate it 2 DIMMs at a time and usually is the second and last slot from the left
something from corsair, gskill, kingston is good DDR3 with 1666Mhz or higher.
I personally recommend the corsair vengeance low profile 1.5V 1666Mhz
Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
That is why ram vendors will not support ram that is not bought in one kit.
Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
it is safer to get what you need in one kit.
You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
One place to check is your motherboards web site.
Look for the ram QVL list. It lists all of the ram kits that have been tested with that particular motherboard.
Sometimes the QVL list is not updated after the motherboard is released.
For more current info, go to a ram vendor's web site and access their ram selection configurator.
Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.
I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
I use Corsair Vengeance or Mushkin Blackline in most builds, Mushkin Redline if I'm going for workstation performance or just that last few % of performance in anything else. I also use Crucial and Kingston occasionally but stopped using GSkill about 4 years ago .... might just be my luck but had too many RMA's and incompatibility issues.
These Corsair Low Profile, Low Voltage models will insure clearance for your CPU cooler and lighten the load on the CPU's memory controller.
when building Intel 9xx based boxes, I did observe what the pundits said about getting bigger OC's w/ 1 set of modules than 2. have not had opportunity to confirm w/ SB & IB, but they logic holds that you should get higher OC's w/ 2 modules than 4 since the controller has less to do and the impact of the weaker module is greater with 4 chances than 2.
newer rams are coming with lower voltages but with better if not same performace so it doesnt eat up power? (i think thats the grasp of it)
the only thing that confuses me is timing. the 188.8.131.52 thingy.
however, im hoping i will not have to touch this if i O/C my rig?
The thingy numbers refer to timings. It is how many cycles it takes the ram to access rows and columns..etc. As you increase ram speeds, it needs increased number of cycles to access the ram, and that offsets the benefit of higher speed. Only if you are a record seeling overclocker should you really be worried at all about ram.
When you OC, and I am assuming a "K" cpu, just raise the multiplier gradually until you reach your target, or get uncomfortably hot. Once you get past 4.0-4.3, I don't know how much difference it really makes.
As to low voltage, I suppose that is good, but any power or heat savings seem irrelevant to me.