Hi all - Looking to buy some ram for my next in line super gaming rig!
The generic goal here is to have the "best" RAM for gaming.
Aiming for 16GB and hoping to pay under 200$ (should be more than enough I assume).
1. Just got an i7 3770k and read that ivy bridge works best with 1.5V
2. Next up, I heard that overclocking was best on 2x8 vs 4x4 because of less stress on the memory controllers
3. I heard that lower CAS = Better RAM; Quick searches showed me that CAS 7 is some of the fastest available RAM with the above 2 constraints
4. And the "obvious" goal is to have DDR3 1600MHz at least. (More is better I suppose but generally deemed "unnecessary?")
My quest began: Find 1.5V 2x8GB DDR3 1600MHz CAS7 Ram
But then that quest ended abruptly as I couldn't find anything.
WHAT I FOUND:
I could only find 1.5V 4x4GB CAS7 in the following:
$129.99 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBZM
$144.99 - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4X1600C7
$171.99 - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP16GX3M4X1600C7
Should I just go for the 4x4 GSKILL or should I pursue a 2x8 setup with higher CAS numbers (I can easily find 1.5V CAS10 2x8 buys all over the place).
Is there something else that is more important that I should consider in my priorities for buying RAM here?
Pick the fastest you are willing to pay for, but stick to that list.
On this platform memory multipliers are separate from cpu multipliers, so you have a lot of leeway.
Higher capacity ram does have slower latency as will higher clock speed ram.
The system you build with those listed parts will be fast enough for a 24" monitor without any overclocking.