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RAM deal on Newegg.ca: any good?

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February 10, 2013 4:17:56 PM

There's a deal at newegg.ca until the end of February (I think). With the purchase of certain motherboards you receive an 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM chip (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...).

I'm wondering if this RAM is any good. If it is, I'll probably end up selecting my motherboard on this basis, as there seem to be some pretty good boards paired with this deal. Latencies are 9-9-9-24.

I haven't done much research into the RAM I want yet, but I know I want 8GB of DDR3 1600. I'm building my first computer (a gaming PC) on a budget of about $1000 (hopefully less) before monitor and peripherals..

- want to use the system for fairly high-end gaming. Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, and Witcher 3 are among my list of future game purchases. 1080p (and perhaps even a tiny bit higher) will be my preferred resolution.
- I am looking at buying a Radeon HD 7800 series or 7900 series video card. As it happens, those cards have a promo on right now for some free games with purchase, so I might just splurge and cut my losses.
- I don't intend to overclock anything (at least not for a few years).

Here's what I think I know (please tell me if I'm on or off the mark):
- 9-9-9-24 is pretty much in the middle in terms of available latencies and would probably be just fine for my purposes
- I've never heard of the company "Crucial," so I don't know that they're any good. That said, I'm pretty new here :p 
- Installing a single 8GB chip will prohibit me from using dual channel memory, so I would need to buy another 8GB chip anyway, thus negating the savings and putting me way over the already-overkill 8GB threshold
- So, really, it's not a fantastic deal so much as it's a way to get me to buy more RAM that I wouldn't need if I just bought two 4GB sets.

Thoughts?

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a c 81 V Motherboard
February 10, 2013 4:28:25 PM

Yes, it's compatible, crucial is a good brand, you have the standard timings and speeds, and the voltage required(1.5v).
You can run with a single 8GB stick, it will run at single channel, it might be slower then dual channel, but it's compatible.
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February 10, 2013 4:40:22 PM

djangoringo said:
Yes, it's compatible, crucial is a good brand, you have the standard timings and speeds, and the voltage required(1.5v).
You can run with a single 8GB stick, it will run at single channel, it might be slower then dual channel, but it's compatible.


I knew I'd be able to run it, I just wanted to make sure I was understanding correctly that I need 2 sticks for dual channel. And since I want to run at dual channel, another stick would be required (and that would have to be another 8GB stick?) and that pretty much negates the savings.

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a c 81 V Motherboard
February 10, 2013 4:48:39 PM

Well it depends how much does it costs the other 8GB stick of the same brand and specs, if it's cheap, you'll have 16GB, if it's expensive, then yes, get a cheaper motherboard(or if you find it cheaper in somewhere else) and get a dual channel kit of 8GB.
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February 10, 2013 5:02:00 PM

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February 10, 2013 5:02:51 PM

Thanks! Why is it that installed sticks all have to have the same capacity, anyway?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
February 10, 2013 5:06:05 PM

For compatibility and stability, it's recommended going with the same capacity and specs.
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February 10, 2013 5:10:23 PM

Ok, so it's not so much "necessary" as it is "highly recommended." Cool. Thanks again :) 
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