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I see that all of the big players have their value ram and then the good stuff. Is it best to stay away from this kind of ram? I assume that they don't OC as well as the performance ram and the timings are not as tight but aside from that, are they still quality chips? I have the Corsair Valueselect on my system, but I'm OCing with the multi since my fsb won't go and higher than 215 but I'm building up a new system for my brother and would like to get him something nice but not too expensive.

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If you're looking for a high OC without running a divider, then you should probably get the better stuff. pc3500 at least. my Kingston value RAM only goes up to about 224Mhz, and from what I gather that's not too shabby for $50 value RAM.
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I see that all of the big players have their value ram and then the good stuff. Is it best to stay away from this kind of ram? I assume that they don't OC as well as the performance ram and the timings are not as tight but aside from that, are they still quality chips? I have the Corsair Valueselect on my system, but I'm OCing with the multi since my fsb won't go and higher than 215 but I'm building up a new system for my brother and would like to get him something nice but not too expensive.

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post #4 of 10
i would say value ram will work for most people. buying better quality if you can afford it though is a good idea.

unless you really know what your doing you dont need top end ram either. some middle ground like g skill would be nice.

also my geil value ram can do at least 240 fsb, it was $80 for a gig.
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yes if you wanna oc the go for the better stuff and atleast pc-3500, but if you want some value ram i have 1 gig of pc3200 by Ultra and it is pretty good actually i got it to 249mhz with 3-4-4-8 timings and it was only 79 for the 2x512 chips... hope this helps
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I see that all of the big players have their value ram and then the good stuff. Is it best to stay away from this kind of ram? I assume that they don't OC as well as the performance ram and the timings are not as tight but aside from that, are they still quality chips? I have the Corsair Valueselect on my system, but I'm OCing with the multi since my fsb won't go and higher than 215 but I'm building up a new system for my brother and would like to get him something nice but not too expensive.

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I used to run 4 computers for LANing at my house and all 4 used generic brand ram. I used to have lockups often with different games. Since I built my new system and use OCZ, I haven't had a single lockup or crash. I can't say for sure that it wasn't flaws with the old VIA chipsets,etc....but I'll never buy generic ram again. As far as namebrand "value" ram, they should perform just as reliably as their faster sticks, but just not have the OCing headroom and tight timings.
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post #7 of 10
expensive ram is really for the overclocking enthusiasts and those who like getting every little bit of performance out of their system.
There's nothing wrong with value ram, most OC's to 220, so expect to run a divider. If you do not plan on overclocking, i would buy value ram.
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If you plan on overclocking, get better memory, if you dont, value ram is just fine....Most value ram can hit 220mhz, usually more.
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post #9 of 10
yeah, value RAM is pretty good for a rig that won't be oc'd or one that doesn't call for tight timings (ie gaming rig) for the price they're pretty good... but the other thing to look at is while you're spending about 80 or so dollars on a gig of value ram you might as well spend 20 more and get something a little better... that can OC more and has better timings. You're not going to get great overclocking RAM for 100... but you can at least get something with tighter timings.
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also, you have to think of it this way. you can run a divider and shoot your RAM speeds way back down and overclock your processor more.
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