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Old March 15, 2009, 10:25 PM
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Hey guys, long time browser, first time poster here

I am just getting into the DIY scene and with my first build I've run into some problems with my OCZ stuff - had to replace psu and now the ram.

Anyway...

Looking into it I narrowed it down to these three choices, if you can name a better choice, by all means help me out :)


Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

Corsair XMS2 Dominator TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB 2X2GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Memory Kit - DirectCanada

G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada


I just would like some opinions on these. I think they're all the top series' of the brands and that's what I want since my ocz gold crapped out on me. (Don't know when or if it was always faulty, I just memtested it today after a system crash and they were both filled with errors. Also tried many different timings and voltages, oc'd and underclocked and just could not get them stable.)

For some reason I am leaning toward the mushkin. Again, I probably can't go wrong with any of these but just want some opinions. Depending, I may or may not OC.

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Old March 15, 2009, 10:32 PM
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Mushkin vote for me. Doesn't make a HUGE difference but they also have 12 instead of 15.

But you really can't go wrong with either of those. My next choice would be G.Skill.
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Old March 15, 2009, 10:56 PM
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Another vote for Mushkin...
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Old March 15, 2009, 11:33 PM
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Mushkin Redlines
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I'll steer clear from Mushkin for me and my vote would go for Corsair, they have rock solid stability and performance - All of my PCs use those and they are used for work extensively on a daily basis, 7 days a week and on 24/7 and never failed me. I heard some people having had problems with mail-in rebates, but can't comment on that as I never had any issues with MIR in general, but never had to apply a MIR with COrsair so I can't tell but these are good performers. I don't know if this is a long shot but my old corsairs DDR-2 667 rated 4-4-4-12 were running 24/7 DDR-2 800 4-4-4-12 no problem for a long time - and still use it in an older PC and kicking, I've had issues with Mushkin and their not so good support, so my vote goes for Corsair all the way :)
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I actually vote whichever is the cheapest you can find between Redlines and Doms

Dominators are good, but they carry too hefty of a pricetag usually. If you can find mushkin redlines on sale, they usually go for 65$ ish.
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Old March 16, 2009, 06:33 AM
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Perfect, thanks for the input so far

Now am I on the right track here, is it better to get these kinds of performance rams over say $50 ram?
I definitely want some quality ram for serious gaming. I play a lot of games, a lot of the time, namely GTA IV and Crysis. Those are the most intensive of the bunch.
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is it better to get these kinds of performance rams over say $50 ram?
Your talking a difference in price of around $25.....with OC'ing in mind its a no brainer!
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+1 for a set of Redlines. My second choice would be the Gskill's .
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Hard to believe I paid about $140 for my Mushkins about 10 months ago and they were not easy to get my mitts on a set!
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