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so i ordered a 960T to replace my 955 and i want to get some new ram.
the thuban has a better imc, so i want to get the best ram for it.
this will be going into my sig rig.
my biggest question is.
should i get 1600 ram with lower timings (cl8) or get faster ram cl9 1866.
i know that AMD runs better with lower timings, but is this just for benchmarking?
i havent really gotten into messing with ram timings, besides just setting them to stock values, but i want to start learning more.

so go with good cl8 1600 or cl9 1866-this will be a 2x4gig set (maybe upgrade to 16gig down the line, yes i know OCing is easier with 2 dimms)
any recomendations would be helpful, tring to keep it under $70.



-dimwit-
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post #2 of 9
Gskill have a cas 8 2 x 4GB for aboput $54 but if you can get a 1866 kit cas 9, go for it. timmings arent that much difference.. thumb.gif
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post #3 of 9
Frequency and latencies on DDR3 RAM make very little difference, usually less than ~1% in system performance so buy whatever makes you happy as you will definitely not be able to see any difference in system performance.
post #4 of 9
Concur, unless you're benchmarking and going for record attempts, just get a decent 2x4gb kit and go. Personally I'd go with something with the rated timings at 1600 and see how you overclock from there, easier than getting something rated for a higher CAS and trying to tighten the timings. Loosening is bound to be easier IMO.
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post #5 of 9
Both of your questions don't really add up to much, system ram is not going to add much performance gain at all.

Particularly in gaming, past 1600 you aren't going to see any change...

If anything I would say latency is a little better. Either way just get a cheap set.
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Dimwit,

I'm just recently getting back into computers from an enthusiast standpoint. I've done quite a bit of research over the past few weeks for my new system build. When you look at the benchmarks, you may be tempted to spend the extra money for higher frequencies and super tight timings, but in the real world they have very little effect on noticeable performance.

I wanted to spend less than $100 and I boiled it down to three choices:
1) 8GB (2x4) 1600MHz w/ moderate timings (9-9-9-24) for about $55
2) 8GB (2x4) 1600MHz w/ tight timings (7/8 latency) for about $75-100
3) 16GB of choice 1 (4x4) for about $85.

I went with choice 3.

I didn't mention brands because I don't think they're all that important as long as you buy from a well known company (i.e. Corsair, Geil, Crucial, Mushkin, etc.)

Good luck.
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Thread Starter 
thanks guys for the input/info.
i keep hearing different things about speed and timings, sometimes it can make your head spin-lol

so i went with G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 1600 16GB.
yes i know 16gigs is overkill, but for $80-why not-lol

again, thanks.

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GSKILL Sniper RAM is the way to go biggrin.gif Sadly, I couldnt afford it redface.gif
     
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