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RAM Help: Pick one of these please.

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January 25, 2013 6:55:13 PM

Hi guys. Building a new system and need to pick some RAM for it. I know RAM isn't as big a difference maker as most other components, as some reviews show there isn't much gain past say 1600, or with certain timings, but none the less please help me decide. I currently use GSkill Ripjaws in my builds, without complaints. I'm considering something low profile so that I have no issues with the Hyper EVO HSF I'm using. Lower profile also helps with air flow a little bit. At any rate, it's not a must. Here are my selections. Which would you pick?

My build:

Intel i5-3570k
Asrock Extreme4 Z77 mobo
Corsair HX650
CM Hyper 212 Evo HSF
Windows 7

Samsung 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) MV-3V4G3D/US low profile (everyone's binky it seems) - $47

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0 - $39

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL - $49

All replies appreciated. Thoughts?

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January 25, 2013 7:00:11 PM

I would go with the Crucial Ballistix.
Not sure if the Ripjaws X would fit with your HSF.
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January 25, 2013 7:05:28 PM

get a low profile DDR3 1600 from g.skill, corsair, or crucial... pretty much whatever happens to be on sale.

For intel builds the timings do not change much (if anything) on the performance side, so just about all 1600 will work fine at 1600, and no matter the brand they all perform the same. The real question is $$/quality. Crucial has beeter QC, but you pay more for it. Corsair and g.skill are dirt cheap, but there is a chance that you will have to RMA (granted it is a slim chance).

If doing a major OC then consider the CL timings as that will typically determine how high it can go for the best OC performance.
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January 25, 2013 7:07:55 PM

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600

i believe this 1600 and 1866 would not make up with the $10 difference
January 25, 2013 8:05:25 PM

Thanks fellas. I'm going to go with the crucial balistics for $39.