So I'm working on building an Athlon 64 system. I am going to be different here and not want to severely overclock my system. I will probably do some minor overclocking, but that is not my main goal... Should I not bother with anything faster than PC3200? Should I still try to go for the lowest latency? I figure the extra money spent on superfast RAM could instead be better spent on RAID or faster processors. Or am I underestimating the effect the RAM speeds will have?
For other uses, it's not <b>so important</b> to overclock, unless you are very picky about performance.
By overclocking and lowering the latency, the compatibility of your memory module becomes relatively narrow. In general, you will have more crashes and data errors.
If you want stability/reliability go for the boring solution: PC-3200 CL3 major original brand (Samsung, Infinoen, Micron).
<b>edited</b> (should be careful on my wording)
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Crucial (Micron's store) sells CAS 2.5 as well, it's just as stable as their CAS 3. And then there's their Ballistix line, their PC3200 has SPD values of 2-2-2-5, but is meant to be run at 2.7v. Still, I've never seen it crash at those timings using 2.5v, and 2.6v is standard for DDR400.
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