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post #1 of 9
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Like the title says. Putting together a budget gaming system and just curious... I'm nowhere near as knowledgeable with RAM as many.

Looking at all the $40 options on Newegg, there's very little difference in my eyes. Is there really any?

Looking to stay within those $40 options. Would CONSIDER going for the $50 if a strong enough case is there.
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DDR3 1333 is all you need if you don't plan to overclock. Gskill, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ Adata IMO (not in any order) are the one's you should be looking at. I personally never had any problems with Patriot or Gskill. OCZ had some issues but nothing big, my fellow net admin partner uses adata and loves them and kingston is good value ram if you don't oc. Just pick you poison and have fun.
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I assume you mean OCing the RAM? I plan on OCing the cpu and am considering the video card as well.
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Great budget ram found here
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This if rebates are no issue.
In case you are planning to OC and are getting a multiplier-locked processor such as the 1055T, consider 1600Mhz a must over generic 1333Mhz CL9 RAM or your entire OC will be held back by it.
Newegg did have some 2x2GB DDR3-1600 for $40 lately but the deal expired just yesterday I believe they had it for some 2 straight weeks in a row, maybe 3, so watch out... they might do it again
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you can get a 2x1g kit for around $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104222


or 2x2g for around $54/34ar
PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820178265
you can also add Promo code: NEWCUSTOMER10
for another $10 off

2x2g for around $48/38ar
Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203
Edited by ffejrxx - 5/17/11 at 8:27pm
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I'll be using a BE processor... So, since the multiplier is unlocked, I'll be okay with just regular ole' 1333?
post #8 of 9
Most likely, but depending on your processor usage it might not be the best choice (i.e. video editing or basically anything involving large files and complex processes, you'll want to spend more on RAM)
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Go one speed up with budget RAM, and then drop the speed and timings.

You can get budget 1600Mhz sticks to run at higher-end 1333Mhz timings when you underclock them, and the price difference between the 1333 and 1600 isn't that much.

Summary:
-Buy budget 1600Mhz RAM
-Underclock RAM to 1333Mhz
-Tighten timing

My cheapo Patriots are running at 7-7-7-21 @ 1333Mhz at stock voltage. With some voltage changes, I'm sure I could bring them down further too.

I've had very good experiences with Kingston Hyper-X's, and are what I usually recommend as a budget RAM.
Edited by SectorNine50 - 5/20/11 at 3:48pm
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