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Old April 4, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Hey everyone,

In the process of getting all my new parts for my new build. I am waiting on the release of the i5-3570k to get the processor and motherboard. Here are the parts I have so far for my build:

Corsair 600T
Corsair TX850M
Corsair H80
LG SuperMulti Blu Ray burner

Will be buying :

i5-3570k
ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional motherboard
GTX680 SC+

The only thing I am wavering on is the ram. I am thinking I will go with 16 GB, due to the cost being fairly low right now. The main thing I am wondering is the speeds. Should I just go with a 1600 with low timings like the Corsair Vengeance

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit - Corsair - CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

or go for something like the 2133 G.Skill shown below here.

G.SKILL F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL Ripjawsz 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-2133 CL11-11-11-30 Sandy Bridge E Memory Kit - G.Skill - F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL

I am just torn on if the speeds are worth it. I will be probably over-clocking everything eventually. I am willing to spend in the neighbourhood of $100-150 for ram.

Let me know what you think, thanks in advance everyone :D

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Old April 4, 2012, 09:28 PM
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Ram is Ram when it comes to everyday computing and most gaming, get the cheapest ram you want.
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It's somewhat easier to overclock with speed rather then timings, take that into consideration, but usually 1600 is more then enough at the lowest divider to provide headroom for a large overclock.
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Old April 4, 2012, 10:18 PM
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I've been told that get RAM that is rated at 1.5V and below. 1.65V is not good apparently.
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Old April 5, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Just get a standard 4x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5V. That will give you the best balance between performance and cost. It's not worth spending a premium on higher binned ram for a gaming build because it won't translate into any noticeable improvements in game performance. You are better off putting your money into the video card and cpu than the ram.
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Old April 5, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Awesome,

Thanks everyone! Will probably just get a Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 9-9-9-24 kit for $100.

Appreciate the help!
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Old April 5, 2012, 02:21 PM
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Personally I would go with this over what you chose.

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9W Vengeance Lowprofile White 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit - DirectCanada

Same price, low profile, looks better and runs at a lower voltage! Build looks very very solid though. Nice choices!
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Old April 6, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Wait so is it better to use 1.5V RAM? Or is 1.65V fine?
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Old April 14, 2012, 10:30 PM
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A little late,check out this Samsung ram,no heatspreaders read the reviews on newegg and $48.99 Samsung 30nm DDR3 1600 hitting 2133?!? - techPowerUp! Forums .... I personally ordered two kits (auto-notify on newegg). I haven't played with them yet but running fine at 1600 mhz @ 1.35v maximus gene z +2600K.
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