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RAM, which to choose...

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January 3, 2013 8:11:04 PM


Looking for RAM for my new build. I can't spend more than $40 and am hoping to get DDR3 1600 or high 8GB of ram. My MB is MSI Z77A-G41. I have the Phantom 410 case so excellent cooling and power won't be a problem with my 650TX Cosair CPU.

Some good choices I have seen are as follows:

Samsung 8GB 1600 DDR3, no heat spreader $40

G Skill Sniper 8 GB 1600 DDR3 $45

Ripjaws X 8 GB 2133 DDR3 $40

Not sure which to get, ATM I'm just waiting for a good deal (low price for something good). It would be nice to get something now though.

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a c 231 } Memory
January 3, 2013 9:45:42 PM

The ripjaws are the best deal.
January 4, 2013 6:51:46 AM

When it comes to picking RAM, a lot of it is preference, and then the rest is what the board can handle. Your board can handle up to 1600mhz without overclocking, so if your not going to o/c, there isn't any reason to buy any higher than that. If you don't mind o/cing, then you can go up to 2800mhz(if you have a new 22nm CPU).
As I said before, ram is mainly preference, so you just have to find a brand you like first. Personally I like Corsair. Here is a couple links to some nice RAM

Corsair XMS3 Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB) - $42

Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M1A1600C9 8G $45
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January 4, 2013 6:59:09 AM

Samsung would be my recommendation if you are willing to overclock. 30nm process, low voltage ram that easily can hit 1866 and possibly go past 2k if necessary.
a b } Memory
January 4, 2013 8:50:28 AM

The Samsungs are the best deal and actually have faster chips than the Ripjaws.