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Hi, i'm fairly new to this so maybe someone can help me smile.gif Im looking to build my first PC and Ive come up with something. However, I was suggested to go with Corsair Vengeance 1866 however my motherboard says it supports 1600? wondering what the go is with this. Also is it better to go with 2 memory sticks or 4? I am wanting to get an i7 4770K and my motherboard is a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H.

Many thanks to anyone who can help
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your mobo supports up to 3000Mhz Ram with overclocking. In practice that means choosing xmp profile in the bios and it will adjust to run memory at the higher settings.

For instance in this review they were running ram at 2133MHz. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2191/6/

I usually get 2 sticks as populating all four slots can put more stress on the memory controller during overclocking making it a litle more difficult to attain max OC. Not an issue if you arent going for big OCs and I think less of an issue with recent generations of CPUs.
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Go for 2 sticks as you might wanna upgrade in the future.

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the higher frequency ram is pretty much going to only help you out on benchmarks. I bought high clocked ram and saw no difference when i brought it up from the default when gaming. I'd just stick with the 1600. I bought dominator platinum at 2400.
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Rumor has it double-sided is better for performance.Even if not clocked higher.
(not really rumor;but I has no hard links atm)
2133-2400 Double-sided is what I'd pick,prolly Samsung.
 
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Isnt all modern RAM double sided?
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Some of the new stuff lately is single sided. Great for high memory frequency validations, although not scoring as high in benchmarks clock for clock.
    
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Didnt know that. How are they described. Are all DIMMs (package/memory format on detailed specs) still double sided right?
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