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Help me pick 4gb/8gb fast ram or good overclocking ram under $80/$150

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My rig runs one or two virtual machines a lot of times, I also do video rendering, so I actually have a need for 8gb of ram. Could settle with 4 for now.

I have 2x1gb mushkin 996527 800mhz but it overclocks like crap and starts blue screening at any speed above about 830 mhz. So I either need some pc6400 that will overclock well or some 1066 or 1333 mhz ram.

I'm not understanding the price range on ebay. ddr2 800mhz 2x2gb goes from 50$ crucial up to $100+ crucial/corsair/pny. And then 1066 is $120 and 1333 is $180. Then there's 8gb of gskill on newegg, and I'm thinking if I'm going to spend nearly 100$ maybe I should just get that ram, except that I don't know how much I can overclock it.
    
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G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231211
$74.99

Cheapest 8GB kit I could find and couldn't find higher 6400 under $200

G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231151
$134.99
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Yeah, I was looking at that 8gb kit, of all the cheaper ones that has the best overclocking reviews on newegg. Some people were saying 950ish. So 950/2.5 ram multiplier = 380hz * cpu multi of 9 = 3.4ghz. I think I could live with that. I wasn't able to find many 8gb kits higher than 800mhz anyway.

Could I use 2 of those 4gb kits? Or would I be better off buying a set of 8gb?
    
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I would just get 2 4gb kits
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or maybe just 4gb dominators or something? (since I won't be running vm all the time)
    
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post #8 of 8
The Reapers can't go side-by-side, I tried it before on P5B, P5K, Commando and M2R32-MVP it just won't fit so you can only have two sticks of Reapers.

I'd recommend G.Skill Pi or Dominators PC2-8500 kits. If you got a big CPU cooler the Pi's height might have clearance problem.
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VRaptor 150GBx2 + VR300GB LiteOn 16x DVD & 20x DVD+/-RW Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1 Regza 32" 1080p LCD HDTV 1920x1080 
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WD Caviar 320GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache ASUS DVD+/-RW Corsair H100 Water-Cooling Kit Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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