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I am going to be buyin my parts for my first build on the 15th of this month and i need to know what would be a better set of RAM to get all of the other parts are in my sig thats the rig im going to be building

This one
or
This one
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get the DDR3 1600.
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1600Mhz kit over the generic kit, for the sake of binning and pricing.
You could actually get this DDR3-1600 kit and it would cost less than the second generic kit you posted.

That's right, I said generic. Say what you might, but the fact is the specs are 1333 @ 9-9-9 which I will consider "generic" regardless. Pretty much, it is the bottom end of all memory. This means that pretty much any IC can be used (all DDR3 ICs should be at least capable of running these settings at 1.5V), including low end ICs that may not even overclock a Mhz over stock. This can cause serious complications if you want to OC via bus clock. Not to mention the performance is not exactly as optimal on bandwidth-sensitive AMD platforms.

Choosing the second kit is a ripoff, because it is $9 more expensive than another generic memory kit with exactly the same specs and exactly the same overclockability expectations (none). As I pointed out, you can get a DDR3-1600 kit for less than that. The heatspreaders are not worth it.

The first kit (DDR3-1600 kit) may be very well worth an extra $10-12 over other kits, because of its lower 1.35V rating (which *may* mean more overclocking headroom, but not necessarily always).

It is likely that the FX series processor will be out or a week/a few weeks from being out, on September 15th. Wait for it, the 1100T is not worth it right now.
Edited by xd_1771 - 9/2/11 at 10:07pm
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1600Mhz kit over the generic kit, for the sake of binning and pricing.
You could actually get this DDR3-1600 kit and it would cost less than the second generic kit you posted.

That's right, I said generic. Say what you might, but the fact is the specs are 1333 @ 9-9-9 which I will consider "generic" regardless. Pretty much, it is the bottom end of all memory. This means that pretty much any IC can be used (all DDR3 ICs should be at least capable of running these settings at 1.5V), including low end ICs that may not even overclock a Mhz over stock. This can cause serious complications if you want to OC via bus clock. Not to mention the performance is not exactly as optimal on bandwidth-sensitive AMD platforms.

Choosing the second kit is a ripoff, because it is $9 more expensive than another generic memory kit with exactly the same specs and exactly the same overclockability expectations (none). As I pointed out, you can get a DDR3-1600 kit for less than that. The heatspreaders are not worth it.

The first kit (DDR3-1600 kit) may be very well worth an extra $10-12 over other kits, because of its lower 1.35V rating (which *may* mean more overclocking headroom, but not necessarily always).

It is likely that the FX series processor will be out or a week/a few weeks from being out, on September 15th. Wait for it, the 1100T is not worth it right now.
wow you just helped me so much you very much so know what your talking about thank you very much i am not even buying the parts for my computer till later September now had to do some maintenance on my truck so im a little low on money i gonna save up again and i might go for a bulldozer instead
Edited by Hartk1213 - 9/3/11 at 2:42pm
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