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Old November 2, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Default What 4GB kit of DDR2 ram?

Cross posting this here, because I know this section gets a ton of traffic. I put the thread in the RAM section here, where I think it may better belong:

Need a 4GB kit!

My wife won an auction for a retail copy of Vista Ultimate 32/64. I'm just about finished collecting all the downloads and drivers for the 64bit version, and will be installing it soon -- currently playing with the 32bit version.

Once I am on the 64bit version, I'd like o try 4gigs of ram. My current specs are in my sig.

Ideally, I'l like to get another 2GB kit of the Tracers, but current prices are bad, and I'm not sure how much luck I will have finding a used kit. I have a pair of Firestix that are micron D9 like my Tracers (should be), I can probably get by with them until I decide on a new 4GB kit of something. Won't know for sure till I get them all together in memtest and the OS. If I have problems with them as 4x stix, I could get another 2GB kit of Firestix, at $71:

NCIX.com - Buy Buffalo Firestix FSX1066D2C-K2G 2GB 2X1GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL5 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory - FSX1066D2C-K2G In Canada.

But I think that would be foolish, since you can get a 4GB kit for about that much, and pair it up later for a total of 8 yummy gigs.

So I'd like suggestions and advice on what DDR2-8500 4GB kit to get! Any advice on what the best ICs are for 4GB kits these days?
I have one minor requirement, and that is no tall heatsinks -- the first stick won't fit under the CPU fan if it is taller than standard.

See my worklog for pics of the scythe ninja and fan clearance:

I see that a lot of people are using Mushkin Redlines these days, but also recall some new model from them called Ascent. Someone had some Ascent Redlines too, which had the redline heatsink on them I think?

Budget wise, ram prices are crazy these days, but for the most part around $70-100 and I might wait till prices settle down to what they were before.

Looking at NCIX stock, there isn't much to choose from. I'm OK with G.Skill, but have had problems with their ram being picky in some systems. Should be OK in my 680i though. Here's what I'm looking at right now:
Redline 8000's $100 minus $20MIR:
NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - 996593 In Canada.

G.Skill 8000 PQ's $78:
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ In Canada.
Haven't pricematched these, no need to yet!

Thanks in advance!

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Old November 2, 2008, 05:06 PM
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Can't go wrong with the Redline 8000s. Or the Ascents 8500s.
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