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So DDR2 prices have dropped a lot from what I remember. Maybe I'm oblivious and they were always this cheap. I don't know.

With some money coming in shortly for an upgrade (yes, I know I've been talking about it for months) and the recent addition of modules that weren't available in Canada before I now have some contenders for my hard earned dollars without breaking the bank ($200 or less).

All are PC2-6400/DDR2-800 and 2x1GB modules with all prices in Canadian dollars.

Buffalo Firestix (FSX800D2C-K2G)
CL5
$179

Crucial Ballistix (BL2KIT12864AA804)
CL4
$126

Corsair XMS2 (TWIN2X2048-6400)
CL5
$135

Corsair XMS2 DHX (TWIN2X2048-6400C5DHX)
CL5
$180

These will slide into an Asus P5N-E.

I've chosen to go with C5 modules if possible since I seem to be reading in a lot of places that Intel rigs benefit more from higher frequencies than from tight timings like AMD rigs would plus there will be overclocking. Oh yes, there will be overclocking.

Also I have purposely left OCZ off since many articles show those modules not overclocking well at all.
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post #2 of 5
It hurts to see those prices...just a month or so ago i bought my Ocz DDR2 800 sticks for 200. Now look what you can have...

I'd take the ballistix, its crazy overclockable and is simply some of the best ram out there.
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As completely stupid and pointless as it is, I think I'm going with the Ballistix Tracer. I'm a sucker for shiny things.
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Not only do they look cool, they're crazy chips!
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Hehehe. Yep. D9's have have been proven to hit 1066mhz on even a crappy mobo. I think the highest I've seen to date was almost 1200mhz but that's with some insane cooling due to high voltage.

If I can hit 1066 with these, I'll be a happy camper.
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