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Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) - Should I jump on this combo?

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So basically I saw this combo for an i5 3570k with the Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) ram cards on newegg. (both were already on my wishlist for my upcoming build) Yes I want 16gb even though its just a gaming pc and everyone says "just get 8gb". Don't care, I want the extra ram.

This is 1600 cl9 1.5v ram, just wanted to check with some people more knowledgeable then myself as to the quality of these cards and if it is worth the purchase. Plan on doing some mild overclocking with the cpu and gpu since they will be underwater, nothing excessive though. 4.2-4.3GHZ would be fine by me. So what are your opinions on this ram? Also I have swindled my way into an $8 off price match on the cpu so that would be an $18 discount on the pair total.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.970020

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Looks good mate, Crucial RAM is pretty reliable. 1600MHz w/ CL9 timings is the sweet spot for RAM, IMHO.
 
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Looks good mate, Crucial RAM is pretty reliable. 1600MHz w/ CL9 timings is the sweet spot for RAM, IMHO.
yeah that is what i've heard as far as timings go. Thought about looking for some 2133 and tightening the timings but I don't know if the extra cash to make 1600 cl7s would be really worth it. anyone else want to chime in before I make the final purchase?

edit - also can anyone tell me if it is better to run 2x8 or 4x4? I assumed 2x8 because less chance for failure, less stress on the system, and just a more controlled environment with less variables. thanks
Edited by xRehab - 6/25/12 at 8:17pm
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Looks good mate, Crucial RAM is pretty reliable. 1600MHz w/ CL9 timings is the sweet spot for RAM, IMHO.
yeah that is what i've heard as far as timings go. Thought about looking for some 2133 and tightening the timings but I don't know if the extra cash to make 1600 cl7s would be really worth it. anyone else want to chime in before I make the final purchase?

edit - also can anyone tell me if it is better to run 2x8 or 4x4? I assumed 2x8 because less chance for failure, less stress on the system, and just a more controlled environment with less variables. thanks
2x8 means more RAM in less space, i.e, on a standard 4-DIMM mobo, you can get 32GB of RAM using 4x8GB, compared to 16GB if you're going 4x4GB. Less dense sticks tend to OC better though. Unless you do a crapload of file copying, rendering or other memory-intensive tasks, 1600MHz RAM with CL9 timings is plenty.
 
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If you go with the 2 x 8 that gives your room for..... Should I say it..... 32 GB biggrin.gif Completely unnecessary, but hey. maybe someday?
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If you go with the 2 x 8 that gives your room for..... Should I say it..... 32 GB biggrin.gif Completely unnecessary, but hey. maybe someday?
Ha that may be my xmas present to myself (why? cuz I can and I deserve it lol) but thanks for the advice, I always like the idea of being able to upgrade in the future without having to trash old parts for a whole new setup. will be ordering shortly biggrin.gif
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Yes I want 16gb even though its just a gaming pc and everyone says "just get 8gb". Don't care, I want the extra ram.

i like the way you think. this website is about the pursuit of performance, after all.

and you should get it UNLESS you have a microcenter within an hour. 3570k for $190 FTW.

also, i have used exclusively crucial for a while now. their stuff just works, and works well.
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i like the way you think. this website is about the pursuit of performance, after all.
and you should get it UNLESS you have a microcenter within an hour. 3570k for $190 FTW.
also, i have used exclusively crucial for a while now. their stuff just works, and works well.
yeah its a motto of mine, if youre going to do something do it right the first time. otherwise you will regret what you could have had instead of appreciating what you do have. and glad to see another positive crucial review, wasn't expecting anything bad but it is always nice to be assured of the quality. And I think I may have a microcenter within an hours drive but I haven't looked into it yet. May have to swing out there for my 670, doubt they have my gigabyte sniper3 board tho...
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