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DDR2 800 or 1066 for Phenom?

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Simple question here. I'm putting together the final pieces for my Phenom build (RAM, CPU, GPU) and I need to decide on the RAM. Originally I was going to go with a Corsair 2GB DDR2 800 kit but now I'm noticing that my motherboard (ASUS M3A) supports DDR2 1066 and I'm wondering if theres any added benefit to going with that instead? It does seem a fair bit more costly than 800mhz, but if it's worth it I'd like to get it from the get go. I don't really plan on overclocking the Phenom much (9550 2.2Ghz) but if the RAM is that much better, I'll go for it.

Here's the DDR2 800 set I'm considering:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145175

And the 1066 set I'm considering instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145043


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post #2 of 6
For that price increase, no way, stay with 800. (1066 is just overclocked 800 anyway)

There will be no noticeable performance difference between 800 and 1066, period.
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if you dont plan to oc get the 1066 but not the corsair model, get a cheaper one
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I have tried two different rams both 1066. I also ran them both in 800 and 1066 no difference.
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post #5 of 6
how about these?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145
very popular, gr8 reviews, and almost 1066mhz (1000mhz)

and its 4GB for less $$ than the 2gb you posted.
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I ordered the exact same ram yesterday for my X2 5600+

Its a good quality name. What I plan to do is set them to 800 and 'overclock' them to abourt 900ish and try to keep low timings, maybe something like 5.5.3.12 if possible. I have seen people run these at 1000mhz at 44412 so I dont think it should be too much of a problem.

its great ram, cant wait to have it.
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