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I was considering just overclocking my i7 2600K to perhaps 4.5GHz or slightly higher and not overclocking the RAM (or lowering the timings).

Are there any pitfalls or pros/cons to this setup?

The reason not to OC the RAM is that I may want to get low profile RAM and I also read that OC'ing the RAM might not benefit me that greatly as least relative to OC'ing the CPU. Is that true?

I am not gaming. I am doing photoshop,lightroom so tiff (and some video) editing is the name of the game here.

My life would be easy if I can snag low profile RAM (say XMS3 or a Mushkin line) and leave it at default speed and timings.

Thanks,
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Your work will benefit from fast RAM.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by quadx View Post
Your work will benefit from fast RAM.
Yes. The RAM OC won't matter much for gaming.
But for rendering, copying, extracting, editing, RAM OC helps.
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Thanks Eric. What could I reasonably expect to overclock the RAM to? The timings are 9-9-9-24 and the voltage is 1.5.

Thanks!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 896MB Unclocked Mushkin 16GB (4x4GB) 1600 PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Multiple Black Caviars and Intel 510 SSD Windows 7 Pro 64bit Dual Setup: NEC2690 + Viewsonic 2365 AX750 
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HAF X 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 896MB Unclocked Mushkin 16GB (4x4GB) 1600 PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Multiple Black Caviars and Intel 510 SSD Windows 7 Pro 64bit Dual Setup: NEC2690 + Viewsonic 2365 AX750 
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HAF X 
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Unfortunately my Vengeance RAM won't overclock at all. Refuses to POST at anything above 1600MHz...
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