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Okay, I know my stuff about computers, but when it comes to RAM, I'm almost 100% lost. I think I've heard that favorable RAM on AMD is completely different than favorable RAM for Intel, so I know nothing.

My friend asked me to build him a system for gaming, and gave me a price of $2000.
I need to know what RAM will go good with these components

I5-2500K (I think I'll keep it stock for him, Maybe you can convince me to OC it.)
Gigabyte Z68 UD3
SLI GTX 570s or 560TIs
WD Caviar Black 6.0gb/s

ALSO
Im trying to make it a theme of black and red, so, red/black RAM is favorable.


KEEP IN MIND : I consider myself terrible at overclocking. I;m not against the idea, I mean, I did do my processor. BUT, it took me months.
Edited by TehOnlyMITTENS - 5/1/12 at 12:50pm
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Not trying to beat a dead horse with recommending the Samsung 30nm kits (there are lots of posts about them), but you can buy 2x4Gb kits for approx $47 and push them to decent speeds. for about $190, you can buy 32Gb and push them quite far. They are rated for DDR3 1600 Cas11 at 1.30v, but run much higher. I currently run my 32Gb kit at DDR3 1866 Cas9 with 1.45v (the packaging from Samsung states they can be run at 1.5v).
http://www.overclock.net/t/1210482/amazon-samsung-2x4gb-low-voltage-ddr3-1600-kit-for-47-ocing-to-2400



The 2x4Gb kit is OOS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&Tpk=Samsung%20MV-3V4G3D&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=1iueci6ezgndc

But the 4Gb individual sticks are $23:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=1t4ysm9gz9pbk
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First of all, OC the i5. It is far to easy to not do it.

Second, for RAM, You will get very diminished gains from anything over 1600. 1866 is better, and anything higher than that is just not worth it unless you can overclock to it.

for top of the line, find a 1866 kit.
for "normal" which you won't be able to tell the difference vs the 1866 in real world applications, go for a 1600 kit.

I have a corsair 1600 cas 9 low voltage 1.35v kit and it works flawlessly, not a bottleneck at all.

Edit: that SAMSUNG kit I have seen mentioned around and would say that's the way to go. But for an untrained eye you might think otherwise since there is no heat sink. For RAM a heat sink is 95% aesthetic.
The Samsung is a great overclocker, but with not much better real world results than a kit from corsair/g skill.
Edited by The_Hairy_Yak - 5/1/12 at 12:57pm
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