also if anyone has or has opinions on that motherboard I would appreciate it. I am having a hard time picking between this and the 169 asus board...I like the smart response technology they talk about with this board as I plan to run a SSD.
I have the UD3P which is a different variant but it's an excellent board. The UD3H should be no different.
As far as the RAM goes don't listen to what the video says - go to your manufacturer's support site and check the QVL before buying *ANY* memory. The QVL is a guideline - it will give you a good idea as to what's compatible and what isn't. If you do that and match a few modules from the list to what you want to use, you should be good.
excellent feedback g-unit...do you know anyone who has used mushkin memory?
I will check the QVL now...thanks for the link to that memory...I will not be overclocking anyway so perhaps those heat sinks aren't even needed anyway.
have you used the memory you sent the link for before...it certainly looks solid.
I've used plenty of Corsair RAM - both of my systems I have now have it and it's been great.
Mushkin is supposed to be a good RAM vendor. Pretty much if you pick from these - Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, Kingston, Crucial, PNY, or ADATA you'll be fine. There's a couple of new manufacturers like Geil and Team Elite that have been getting really high remarks as well but I'd suggest reading into those reviews before buying.
The tall heat spreaders don't do anything and can actually hurt your system's air flow in the long run as you have to position your fans in a much different way than if you didn't have them.
solid reviews but they do have the fins as well...I like the link you sent to the corsair memory
is it overkill to run all 4 slots with 4GB chips for 16GB ram...mostly doing gaming and video with some high res photography as well.
It's just a guideline. The board makers like Gigabyte and Asus don't have the time and resources to test every part out there. It's better to check the RAM you want to get against the tested specs and see what works and what doesn't.
Most people will tell you you need 8GB for a gaming system but if you're doing photo and video editing and working with large files, 16GB will be plenty.