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Question about RAM compatibility.

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I've been out of the game for a few years, but need to build a new rig for my living room. I'm looking at the ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3. It says it can take the following memory according to Newegg/Asus:

DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz

What exactly does that mean? That I can use 1333/1066 and clock them up to 2000.... Or I can purchase stock 2000mhz memory?

Like I said... out of the game for the last 5 years or so...Help a brother out. .... /edit: hahaha... my system details.. it has been a LONG time since I've been here...
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4000+ A64 Sandy DFI Lanparty-UT NF4 Ultra X800 1.2 TB in 500, 320, 200, 200 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Vista Ultimate x86 42" 1080p LCD M$ Bluetooth KB OCZ GameXtream 700w 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
4000+ A64 Sandy DFI Lanparty-UT NF4 Ultra X800 1.2 TB in 500, 320, 200, 200 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Vista Ultimate x86 42" 1080p LCD M$ Bluetooth KB OCZ GameXtream 700w 
CaseMouse
TT Tsunami Dream M$ Bluetooth Optical 
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Yes, it means you'll have to manually overclock the timings and speed of your memory in the BIOS in order to bring it up to that speed (even if it's rated @ 2000 stock), though it's not practical to use anything faster than DDR3-1600 as the performance boost would be negated by any HDD.
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