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I am looking to upgrade several parts of my computer this year and I figured I would start with the RAM since its relatively inexpensive. I have no experience whatsoever with building or replacing computer parts and I need to know what you all would recommend for a good quality RAM that is compatible with my computer. I am currently using an Asus p8z77-v motherboard running BIOS version 1606, and an i5-3570k at stock voltage and speed. I am looking to get 16GB of 2400 and I would appreciate any suggestions on good brands from newegg or amazon or any other reputable vendor. Also is there going to be anything I need to adjust in my BIOS to run this new ram at it's advertised speed(2400)? Or is it likely to run right out of the box?

Many thanks for your help.
post #2 of 7
you will need to chose the correct xmp setting in the bios or it will run at 1600. the trident x by gskill is great ram.
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Thank you for your suggestion, however after reading some reviews from newegg regarding the g skills trident x it seems some users have issues running it at 2400 with certain processors. I plan to email g skills directly to ask about this but would it be perhaps better to stick with 1866 or 2133 instead? I only use my computer for gaming and surfing and the like so I am not even certain that I would need 2400 anyway I just thought it would be best since as I said ram is relatively cheap and my motherboard supports up to 2400 according to the manual.
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anything 1600 or above would do just fine, and you can usually get 1866 for about the same price as 1600.
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I have yet to receive a single kit from G.Skill that wasn't capable of running advertised speeds, and that ranges from 1600 to 2933 across the Ripjaws Z (some X) and Trident X lines. In fact, every single kit has been able to clock higher than rated, and most will run a fair amount tighter timings.

I cannot say that for a single other brand, and I would stay away from Corsair as even their "all show, no go" Dominator Platinum kits I have seen come with single-sided poorly clocking IC's. Anything less expensive from them is even more of a crapshoot, as they are binning chips as tightly as possible to make even more profit, so it's very likely that a set of $100+ sticks will have junk Nanya or similar IC's.


However, the fact is that the speed of the memory, assuming a quality kit (Trident X 2400 9-11-11 is the absolute best I have ever used at the speed), is going to be limited by your CPU's memory controller much more than anything else. I got very lucky with both my 3930K, whichwwill bench speeds over 2600 on water/air, and 3770K which will run the 2933 w 11-14-12 timings on water/air. I have yet to try even chilled water, much less DICE/LN2.

The best advice I can give is to always buy the kit with the absolute lowest timings for sale at a given speed, such as the aforementioned Trident X 2400 9-11-11 rather than the 2400 10-12-12 version. The reason being that the lower timing kits almost always have the best IC's under the heatspreaders, and in the case of the 2400c9, every set I have will do 2666 10-11-11 or better with no more than 1.655v.
   
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post #6 of 7
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The response from Gskills
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Dear Customer

Based on our testing, only a small percentage of i5-3570K CPUs are capable of DDR3-2400. You will need to test your CPU to know exactly what it is capable of. If it is, as long as you enable XMP Profile in BIOS/EFI, everything will be ready to go at full speed. If the CPU is not capable, the system will not boot up and you will need to downclock to DDR3-2133 with lower timings and it should work just as fast. The CPU is definitely capable of DDR3-2133 and lower. Any of the G.Skill Trident X series will be a great fit. You will be extremely pleased with the performance result.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT
Thank you both for your advice. After looking through many products on newegg it seems this is promising for me at the moment.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231623&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
The Cas latency and timing are the lowest I could find. If anyone can locate a better product or a better price please don't hesitate to post it. I will not be ordering right away I am in the process of deciding which parts I will need and will order several all at once. I need to locate and decide on a suitable new monitor and gpu as well which are the main items. So I am not in any rush I would rather decide on the best products before jumping into anything.
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I have a HP Pavilion e9280f i7quad core with 9GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-10600. I purchased 24GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-12800 (says is compatible). I installed it and it is having trouble recognizing my external drives and after several minutes of using it will freeze. Is there something in the bios that I need to adjust for this to work? I have attached snap shots. ramphoto.jpg 137k .jpg file
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