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I just got my ebay sale done and got $195 in my pocket for upgrades.

Im down $160 cuz of the mobo 990FXA-UD3 but I was wondering if my ram needed an upgrade. I have a new CM Hyper 212+ for the new mobo and I wanna OC a little. and I have MC 2x2gb 1333ram THIS will it make a difference if I get 1600 or better since I have 30/40 to spend on ram and whats the difference between CL8,CL9,CL10 ect,ect

sorry for all the questions :x
Edited by Zeek - 8/11/11 at 7:07pm
post #2 of 11
save up abit more and spend $50-$60 on some 8gb 1600mhz cant go wrong with the price
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post #3 of 11
Try to look for CAS 8 @ 1600Mhz, or CAS 6/7 @ 1333Mhz. If you game, It's better to grab yourself some DDR3 1600 @ 1.5V's @ CAS 9, and underclock to 1066 @ 1.7V's and get a CAS 6 Rating. I run my timings @ 6-6-6-15-12-1T @ 1.7V's/1066Mhz. - I see the most performance at those settings.
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Originally Posted by Nvidia-Brownies View Post
Try to look for CAS 8 @ 1600Mhz, or CAS 6/7 @ 1333Mhz. If you game, It's better to grab yourself some DDR3 1600 @ 1.5V's @ CAS 9, and underclock to 1066 @ 1.7V's and get a CAS 6 Rating. I run my timings @ 6-6-6-15-12-1T @ 1.7V's/1066Mhz. - I see the most performance at those settings.
Like I said Im a noob. I cant really OC good all I now it raise multi and set NB/CPU to about 2600 to get good performance but why lower ram from 1600 to 1066?
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Like I said Im a noob. I cant really OC good all I now it raise multi and set NB/CPU to about 2600 to get good performance but why lower ram from 1600 to 1066?
Well, Because CAS Latency Is a main thing about RAM performance. The Tighter the timings, the faster your memory operation is. I have myself a AMD Phenom II Chip and they tend to like Timings the most, but don't go below 1Ghz DDR3. I really recommend you find an AM3 Board w/ DDR2 1066 with some really tight timings. It's worth it really.

And By the way man, take tons of time to read up on overclocking CPU/RAM/GPU.

I'm fourteen and I know just about everything for OC'ing.

Going to DDR3 is just another market Gimmick really for current Generation CPU's.
Edited by Nvidia-Brownies - 8/11/11 at 4:52pm
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I want to get the AM3+ board for bulldozer. Anyone else got any suggestions. I dont need 8gb of ram since I dont do much PS or video editing and when I do its pretty fast on the ram I have now.
post #7 of 11
Oh, it'll make a big difference in some things, most especially overclockability. If you plan to raise the bus clock to a value that doesn't result in exact 1333Mhz operation, the RAM is likely not to budge at all above stock rating. At 1333 CL9-9-9 with a massive 1.65V required, the binning is so low that it's unacceptable.
Until lately DDR3-1600's low prices have matched or beat the price of generic DDR3-1333, but even now remain a great price-performance choice. For $33 shipped you can get a Team 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit that should be able to do CL8-8-8 (apparently some have even tried it at 1.5V as opposed to 1.65V rated). This will unlock some extra bandwidth as well which can be very useful during video editing or other memory-intensive apps. Lower is better (for timings).

If you want absolute cheap and don't mind OCZ memory (they no longer make memory so I don't think they can RMA your memory anymore unless they have stock, but they can give cash refunds), you could try either of these:
2x OCZ Platinum 2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7- $9 + shipping
OCZ Flex 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8 - $20 + shipping
Both will give you improved performance for a great value. Honestly, you could sell your Microcenter memory on Craigslist for more than what these sell for.... when that $20 sale ends of course.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/11/11 at 6:51pm
post #8 of 11
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@xd

Im not interested in buying anything online. Im going to MC when I get my money outta paypal to buy my mobo. Anything you can recommend off their website?
post #9 of 11
You may want to buy online anyway. You will always get a better deal online at Newegg or a similar store, vs. Microcenter. Microcenter overprices most of their 2x2GB DDR3-1600. The lowest cost kit you can get is $40 - while Newegg may have this for closer to $30 shipped. Microcenter is good for CPUs, motherboards and HDDs, but not RAM.
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Problem is I don't have a CC yet and my dad doesn't trust the internet. He likes to buy stuff in person. Even though its my money he won't let me buy stuff over the internet. He rather put the extra money in himself.
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