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It's the amount of RAM vs how the amount is acquired? Hm. I guess Sammy it is when my new mobo comes in. Not complaining, though; if $35 can cover me for the life of the board then it's cheaper for me in the long run.

Overall amount has less of an impact as populating all the DIMM's. However, this shouldn't be a mountains out of mole hills subject. Just because you populate all the DIMM's with a large capacity of RAM dose not mean you are doomed and cannot overclock. Only that it add's one more thing to trip you up.
In most case's adding freq and/or voltage to the CPU-NB can relive the "problem" if one show's up.

It all boils down to your needs. If you actually have a use for 16Gb of RAM it might be worth it to go that far. But if this is just a gaming rig its pointless. You can get more performance out of the machine with heavy overclocking and 8 gig's. Most "common" user's will be hard pressed to use 4Gb. 8Gb is the sweet spot for performance nuts/gamer's. Its more than enough to run tons of web brower's, watch a blu ray and play a heavy duty game(BF3 or similar) and still not come close to eating 8gb. Can I ask what you had planned for so much RAM?
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Dwarf fortress and VMs. biggrin.gif

I'm building up my Phenom rig to be a Crysis 3 Lite machine (mobo first, then GPU, then watercooling stuff), generally speaking, but will also be using it to learn VMs. I don't know how much RAM that will ultimately occupy but my understanding with VMs is that given the choice, more memory is better. If the mem controller of the Phenom isn't so great, I'll simply be happy with 8GB and drive on. Saves me some $70 to put towards the a 670 or 7950.
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Thanks, it lags like hell in BF3, which is why I'm trying to overclock it.
I cleared cmos and set FSB to 260 and booted at 3.5, Gonna stress test for at least 24 hours this time. Is it good for the CPU to run for such a long time at 100% load? Also you're correct in assuming I have slow ram, it's running at ~1000mhz.
This is much harder than I thought tbh. Next time I'm just gonna buy the fastest processor available and be done with it.

You either got a bad chip or you don't have the proper platform to make that OC stable, IMHO. ¿You are remembering to OC the CPU-NB and HT Link aswell, right?
¿And why are you running the RAM so slow?
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Dwarf fortress and VMs. biggrin.gif
I'm building up my Phenom rig to be a Crysis 3 Lite machine (mobo first, then GPU, then watercooling stuff), generally speaking, but will also be using it to learn VMs. I don't know how much RAM that will ultimately occupy but my understanding with VMs is that given the choice, more memory is better. If the mem controller of the Phenom isn't so great, I'll simply be happy with 8GB and drive on. Saves me some $70 to put towards the a 670 or 7950.

Well, besides what has been said, unless you plan to use the AMD Ramdisk, more then 8GB is a waste of money.
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Dwarf fortress and VMs. biggrin.gif
I'm building up my Phenom rig to be a Crysis 3 Lite machine (mobo first, then GPU, then watercooling stuff), generally speaking, but will also be using it to learn VMs. I don't know how much RAM that will ultimately occupy but my understanding with VMs is that given the choice, more memory is better. If the mem controller of the Phenom isn't so great, I'll simply be happy with 8GB and drive on. Saves me some $70 to put towards the a 670 or 7950.

DF cannot use 8gb of ram smile.gif

As for the VM's you might actually have a legitimate claim to using 16Gb's. It all depends on what you want to do with the VM's in the first place. It also depends on how many. On my home server I run VM's with only 8gb of RAM. Its plenty to experiment with and learn about them.

in your case its a matter of what is more important. Goofing around with VM's or goofing around with a potentially higher overclock.
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Right so if I set my FSB to 260 and the RAM multiplier at 5.33 my RAM speed goes upto DDR3 1385. My RAM should be able to handle that, only question is should I used factory timings, auto timings or timings a bit looser than factory? Should I leave it at stock voltage or bump it upto 1.6?
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try to keep it at stock timings and stock voltages according to the specs of your ram. if it is unstable, increase voltage or loosen your timings.

if that doesnt work, then something other than your memory is unstable
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Which disk controller should one use when installing windows 7 on a WD black hard drive ? AMD SATA AHCI Driver or the Microsoft AHCI Driver or just leave it on IDE mode.
Was going to use the AMD SATA AHCI Driver from http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3891#dl

Use the AMD AHCI driver and make sure it's set to AHCI in the BIOS or you might as well use an IDE drive.
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Use the AMD AHCI driver and make sure it's set to AHCI in the BIOS or you might as well use an IDE drive.

The only drivers that you need from the page are the Audio, Lan and USB 3.0. The rest is here: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx#2
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thanks, i was searching for the official AMD drivers a whila ago and couldn't find them.
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