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Just bought 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe, GA-G33M-DS2R Rev. 1.0GIGABYTE S-Series Mobo and some Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 1CC.

I'm looking for some good DDR2 RAM that'll work great with the CPU and Mobo, anyone know what brand (Corsair, Crucial, Etc.) and what speed to achieve the greatest timing, Etc.?

I'm new to OCN and overclocking so any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
    
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i made a mistake and bought ddr2 533. dont buy that buy ddr2 800 or more
    
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post #3 of 18
My personal favorite brand is Crucial, because they're a division of Micron Technology, which makes the best chips for overclocking. I'd say get the Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB kit of DDR2-800 memory. Here's a link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565
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Right here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

Plenty of people get this to DDR2 1000 and higher. They're pretty much accepted as some of the best bang for the buck RAM there is.
    
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post #5 of 18
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Cool thanks guys! I added them to my wish list, plan on getting 2GB's on Friday, also thinking about upgrading from the stock HSF of the 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe, is there a recommended HSF that'll keep it cool enough to OC it to like at least 3.2 or even higher?

BTW I did a CPU-Z on my system as it is currently, just to test it out for when I upgrade, I did the latency thing too, just making sure i did this right.
    
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post #6 of 18
Get the Ballistix over the HZ's

Both are capable of reaching DDR2 1000mhz but the Ballistix are way cheaper

Also for a HSF look into the Tuniq Tower and the Thermalright Ultra 120

Both are awesome coolers however the Ultra 120 takes the lead nowadays.
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post #7 of 18
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Thanks IcedEarth!! I think I'm gonna go with the Ballistics and the Tuniq Tower, the Ultra 120 is Out of Stock I just hope it'll fit in my Dell 8110 Case. Also looking at getting some Case fans, been running PC w/out side cover to keep it cooler, thinking about adding some attachable fans or modding the cover to fit some fans! I also have a Neon i was thinking about adding to the case after I upgraded! LOL I'll have to post some pics of it after I'm done.

Also I was looking at the Screenie I posted, right now my RAM ratio is at a 5/4, with RAM timing set at 3-3-3-8, Chipset timing at 2.5-3-3-7, FSB @ 133MHz and RAM speeds @ 200MHz each. Is that good for a pretty much stock system?
    
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post #8 of 18
Yep, that's just your bog standard settings. I doubt you will be able to run a 1:1 ratio with your RAM at 200MHZ.

Your CPU may not be able to reach a 200FSB on a via chipset.
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post #9 of 18
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Yeah I figured it wouldn't be much, the RAM timings looked pretty low so I didn't know if that was fast for the system I have or not. LOL I'm hoping to build an awesome PC out of this, just gotta make sure I get the right stuff.
    
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post #10 of 18
I think they may be stock. But stock or not, they are tight timings which is never a bad thing

And you will not be disappointed with the Tuniq Tower.

However as far as i am aware Dell cases and mobo trays are custom.

Which means they do not follow standard ATX and you may not be able to insert the motherboard. And make sure that Tuniq Tower fits. I have not personally owned a dell. This is going by research and what i see on the forums, but it is worth looking into just in case.

Also, why not do a build log in the Intel Build Log Section.

That way you can keep us up to date with all your plans and progress
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