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Old September 27, 2011, 10:44 AM
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I thought if I upgrade, since I'm selling some stuff, I'd buy the RAM and wait for BD and see what the consensus is. I'm leaning towards SB, though, but I can wait a few weeks.

I was looking at starting with RAM since it doesn't matter which side (Intel or AMD) I go with.

If I went with 16GB, I think it would be between these two:

G.Skill - $110:
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7Q-16GBXH

Corsair LP - $120* (*lowest price I could find):
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

I thought maybe the LP RAM. I think it's useful and my case is a mid-tower Antec 300 so I would want some room if I have an aftermarket heatsink. I read someplace that I could re-use my Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120.... does that sound right? It can go in a SB build?!? Or I can by the CM Hyper 212 Plus. I believe it would fit.

Anyway, the CL 7 (and tighter timings) sounds interesting for the G.Skill RAM but I'm not sure how beneficial it'll be. The G.Skill also has the higher heat sink. Both memory types get good reviews, though.

I could also just get 8gb and buy another 8gb later.

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Old September 27, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Low profile ram is a good choice. Not sure why you want 16GB though (virtual machines, crazy photoshop work??) I hate using more ram slots than required in order to keep some stress off the IMC. I have 3x4GB in my x58 build and I barely reach 6GB (even with a VM or two running).

This might be picky, but I try to get a look at the qualified vendors list of ram for a mobo I am looking to buy. Its picky, and most will say unwarranted, but thats just something I like to look at. You typically won't go wrong with Corsair stuff though if you disregard that piece of advice.
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Old September 27, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Go with 8 GB instead of 16, unless you have something that absolutely requires that much memory. My machine runs on 6 GB without a page file, and I've never run out of memory yet.
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Old September 27, 2011, 11:03 AM
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Go with 8 GB instead of 16, unless you have something that absolutely requires that much memory. My machine runs on 6 GB without a page file, and I've never run out of memory yet.
I too realized this when I bought my second 6GB for my X58 system. You will NEVER use more than 8, unless you decide to load up 10 VM's for some reason...
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Low profile ram is a good choice. Not sure why you want 16GB though (virtual machines, crazy photoshop work??) I hate using more ram slots than required in order to keep some stress off the IMC. I have 3x4GB in my x58 build and I barely reach 6GB (even with a VM or two running).

This might be picky, but I try to get a look at the qualified vendors list of ram for a mobo I am looking to buy. Its picky, and most will say unwarranted, but thats just something I like to look at. You typically won't go wrong with Corsair stuff though if you disregard that piece of advice.
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Go with 8 GB instead of 16, unless you have something that absolutely requires that much memory. My machine runs on 6 GB without a page file, and I've never run out of memory yet.
Thanks for the feedback, guys!

Yeah, it would be for virtual machines so I want more than 4gb. Maybe 16 is overkill but the price for 8gb is $60 for the Corsair LP so I might go for that just based on price. I want to pick RAM that I can find later if I wanted more.

The other thing I thought having more RAM might help is when having lots of tabs open in a web browser.
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Old September 27, 2011, 11:07 AM
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I too realized this when I bought my second 6GB for my X58 system. You will NEVER use more than 8, unless you decide to load up 10 VM's for some reason...
IIRC he was talking about running VM's

I like the Corsair myself, more than happy with the performance even if they are 9-9-9-24, timings dont make the performance hits like they used to. And if you are just multi clocking then more than capable.
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Old September 27, 2011, 11:23 AM
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you good with 8gb

these are on sale 50$ after mir NCIX.com - Buy Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB 2X4GB DDR3 1866MHZ PC3-15000 9-11-9-27 1.65V XMP Ready Desktop Memory Kit - Patriot - PXD38G1866ELK - in Canada

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