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December 23, 2012 10:13:08 AM

Looking for best suggestions on memory for an i5 3570k + GTX 670 SLI machine.

How much, what frequency, what brand?

Price will be a bit relative as I'm buying in Australia, and everything down here is expensive, so I want the best.

I am planning on overclocking the CPU and GPUs.
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December 23, 2012 11:37:01 AM

You need to get memory that is compatible with your motherboard. What motherboard do you have?
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December 23, 2012 12:56:37 PM

Yeah it's for gaming.

I'm still going back and forth with which MB to get.

I'm looking at an Asus, but don't know if I want the Sabertooth or one of the ROG models. I really like the software on the ROGs, but I've heard some bad feedback with them.

In any case for the i5 3570k I'll need a z77 motherboard. As far as I knew they all take the same memory don't they?

Are the Snipers better than the Ripjaw X series or the Corsair Vengeance?

December 23, 2012 1:04:33 PM

Let's be clear, if you are buying the Sabertooth you are buying it for the looks and the warranty (e.g. TUF components). If you want a bang for the buck board the Sabertooth isn't it. You don't like the Thermal Armor definitely get something else... You want to go full on like a real hardcore serious gamer do not listen to the members advice they will talk you into going with a half ass budget board Asrock extreme 3 or 4 telling you it's on par with Asus ROG lol.I assume they mean well most are young teens that are still wet behind the ears.

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December 23, 2012 1:05:01 PM

Both the ROG's & Sabertooth are fine but in either case IMO don't use any of their Utilities. About the only software that's worth using is (USB 3.0 Boost) Turbo/UASP but only if attaching a 'USB Drive,' or maybe Quick Charge (Ai Charger+).

For most gamer's I'd recommend the ASUS Sabertooth, Maximus V Formula or Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX. Personally I use the ASUS Sabertooth X79 and love it.
December 23, 2012 3:27:27 PM

Yeah the main reason I was looking at the Sabertooth was for the 5 year warranty and due to the detractors of the ROGs and that they are harder to find over here. I was originally looking at the Maximus V Formula or the P8z77-V Pro.

Why not use the utilities?

Though my question about the memory still stands is the Sniper series better than the Ripjaws X or Corsair Vengeance?
December 23, 2012 3:40:17 PM

All are reliable and in U.S. come with lifetime warranty.The only difference is the timings which most claim it's not noticeable while gaming.Personally i am not sure about it though you will notice in benchmarks.I think it comes down to if you can get it for a good price then do it.
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December 23, 2012 3:43:36 PM

Livingston said:
Yeah the main reason I was looking at the Sabertooth was for the 5 year warranty and due to the detractors of the ROGs and that they are harder to find over here. I was originally looking at the Maximus V Formula or the P8z77-V Pro.

Why not use the utilities?

Though my question about the memory still stands is the Sniper series better than the Ripjaws X or Corsair Vengeance?

Well the 5 year warranty is one of the reasons I choose the Sabertooth line, but the other was it's active (fan) cooling of both the VRM & Chipset.

There's a ton of oddball problems associated with their Utilities and I personally don't like anything that's BIOS invasive running on my rigs and countermanding my own settings. OC'ing any K/X CPU is very easy and all you're left with is a PITA eye-candy utility.

My preference is Corsair RAM and overall they're the least likely to cause problems. Frankly I like DDR3L (1.35v) RAM and if not Corsair then my next preference is Mushkin.
December 23, 2012 4:00:47 PM

I'd say the price/performance sweet spot is 1600 CL9 RAM running at 1.5v. I recommend Corsair Vengeance,Mushkin and G.Skill Sniper RAM. You can certainly get 2133 RAM if you want, but the small performance gain isn't worth the extra price usually.If you want to understand it better this might help http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
December 23, 2012 4:19:33 PM

http://www.umart.com.au/

Gives a look at what is widely available over here. Though other shops will certainly have things they don't, they generally have less over all.

It looks like they only offer the Sniper in 16gb packs.

*sigh* I come from the states, so it was a real drag looking at what's available over here in comparison.

December 23, 2012 4:39:16 PM

Holy crap! I see what you mean.I cannot believe the pricing difference seems unreal.Oh my god! What a nightmare.I feel bad for you mate.
December 23, 2012 5:20:28 PM

LOL, and they are the cheap place to buy, lol. The other stores have about a $70 mark up on things like CPUs and GPUs.
December 23, 2012 5:44:03 PM

That said, as an offset we usually get paid quite a bit more over here as well, but not quite enough that it would equal out, yet not as horrible as it seems. :p 
December 23, 2012 6:37:47 PM

Livingston said:
That said, as an offset we usually get paid quite a bit more over here as well, but not quite enough that it would equal out, yet not as horrible as it seems. :p 
:o  Well any relief from being robbed like that is better then none.So that's good ;) 
December 23, 2012 7:02:27 PM

Here's what I've got for a system mostly from what they've got:


Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27" 2560x1440 WQHD
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Mid-Tower ATX
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: 2 MSI GTX 670 PE SLI
MOBO: Asus Maximus V Formula
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile CML8GX3M2A1600C9
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB
HDD: Western Digital 2TB SATA3 64M Black (WD2002FAEX)
PSU: Corsair HX 750 750W ATX Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD
OPT DRIVE: Liteon IHBS312(BLACK) BLURAY BURNER

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December 23, 2012 7:14:55 PM
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Looks kick ass to me!Are you sure that case is compatible with the mobo if so cool!I never knew that.
December 23, 2012 7:52:20 PM

Thanks for link sounds good.
December 23, 2012 7:59:45 PM

Now I just need to come up with a slightly cheaper version for my wife...
December 24, 2012 12:30:37 AM

I ended having to go with the Asus P8z77-V Pro instead of the Formula.

And this is the one I'm making for my wife:

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Mid-Tower ATX
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OCE
MOBO: ASUS P8H77-V
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile CML8GX3M2A1600C9
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB
HDD: Western Digital 2TB SATA3 64M Black (WD2002FAEX)
PSU: Corsair HX650v2 650W ATX Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD
OPT DRIVE: Asus DRW-24B5ST BLK/G/AS 24X DVD-RW (x2)
PCI IEEE 1394 Firewire Card

December 24, 2012 1:32:59 AM

I have the Asus P8z77-V Pro it's a solid board.I don't think you will be disappointed.I wanted the rog but realized it just not something i could afford.I do not regret going with the Asus P8z77-V Pro. :) 
December 24, 2012 3:47:46 AM

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December 24, 2012 5:31:34 AM

Your wife rig is looking great as well.Thanks for best answer.
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