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I'm trying to figure out two things about the build I'm setting up. I hope you guys can give me some advice about this.

1. Is there any difference performance wise between getting 4*2 GB or 2*4 GB paired with a i5-2500k? I was thinking about getting Cosair Vengeance 2*4 GB 1600 MHZ 1.5v. Because then I could upgrade it in a few years with 2 more of the same sticks.

2. I want to use a aftermarket CPU cooler after reading threads on this forum. I'm not sure about the mobo yet. Might be ASrock, MSI or ASUS P67. But I keep hearing about the very high Vengeance sticks. This could cause a problem with the size of an aftermarket cooler. Do you guys know of any combinations where the high should or should not cause problems?

Tnx for the advice in advance.
 
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post #2 of 11
This is the exact same setup I'm looking at. I'm looking at getting Cosair Vengeance 2*4 GB, and would also be interested to know the difference. Not sure when the new 8GB memory comes out to take advantage of the max 32Gb.

Regarding the aftermarket CPU cooler, I'm looking at Corsair H60 or H70 because of the low profile and should be able to effectively cool an overclocked i5-2500k.
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post #3 of 11
If you put only 2 sicks in the IMC has less work to do. I would recomend that.
There should be a list of compatible mobo`s and RAM on the website of the cooler producer.
E.g for noctua:
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=c..._id=34&lng=en#
There is also a link to list of compatible RAM.
Have fun and good luck
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I believe it is easier to OC when you have 4*2GB compared to 2*4GB.
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Well those kinds of answers I need. What would be the best option?
 
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post #6 of 11
2x4Gb sticks would be easier to overclock on the IMC and RAM, also provides better upgrade options later on.
The ASUS P8P67 Pro has no clearance problems even with Noctua D14 because of its RAM positioning is #2 and #4 normally. If size just matters to you look at G.Skill and other brands, other-wise look at some Dominator 1866 CL9's
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I would go with the 4*2GB sticks. Get a better OC and 8GB is plenty really. My 24GB is waaaay overkill and will never really be utilized. Plus in a few years you'll probably have all new stuff anyway
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im pretty sure you OC better with less sticks. on lots of sites that sell bundles and prebuilt pcs they say that adding more sticks of memory with affect the OC. especially if the memory doesnt OC as well as each other. although you will have 2 matched sets those 2 sets may not be equal. i think its better to go with 2 x 4gb sticks. more room for upgrade in future, less pressure on the IMC and rules out having 2 sets that dont OC as well as each other
     
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im pretty sure you OC better with less sticks. on lots of sites that sell bundles and prebuilt pcs they say that adding more sticks of memory with affect the OC. especially if the memory doesnt OC as well as each other. although you will have 2 matched sets those 2 sets may not be equal. i think its better to go with 2 x 4gb sticks. more room for upgrade in future, less pressure on the IMC and rules out having 2 sets that dont OC as well as each other
Because it stresses the IMC more as well as out of 4 sticks you are more likely to have a dud overclocker in it. Lowest overclocking RAM stick = how much you can overclock them all together.

2*4Gb = 8Gb 1600Mhz RAM is the best option here IMO
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I believe it is easier to OC when you have 4*2GB compared to 2*4GB.
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I would go with the 4*2GB sticks. Get a better OC and 8GB is plenty really. My 24GB is waaaay overkill and will never really be utilized. Plus in a few years you'll probably have all new stuff anyway
You've posted this twice now. Care to explain your reasoning? Less DIMMs is less work on the IMC, which generally means lower volts / higher clocks.
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