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Recommend RAM for my i7

Poll Results: What RAM would you recommend?

Poll expired: Jun 13, 2010  
  • 18% (3)
    Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 7-8-7-20
  • 18% (3)
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3-1600 7-8-7-20
  • 6% (1)
    G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3-2000 9-9-9-27
  • 56% (9)
    G-Skill Trident DDR3-2000 9-9-9-24
16 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
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There are so many options to chose from when it comes to ram I can't decide what would be better- low timings or high speed. The four kits I have narrowed it down to are below:

CAS 7 1600mHz

1.CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7
2.Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998679

CAS 9 2000mHz

3.G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH
4.G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD

I plan to OC my i7-930 to 4.2 max and 4.0 24/7. All of these kits are within my budget but I want highest performance for the money.
    
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post #2 of 6
Go with the ripjaws, cheap and great.
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just so you know.... 2000mhz ram is a waste of cash. sometimes you will need to run it at lower clock to achive a higher cpu oc because of the way the ram dividers work on the i7.
    
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Originally Posted by manolith View Post
just so you know.... 2000mhz ram is a waste of cash. sometimes you will need to run it at lower clock to achive a higher cpu oc because of the way the ram dividers work on the i7.
Depends on what you do with the PC, if you just want a 4 Ghz overclock for everyday use & won't be OC the mem then 2000Mhz mem is kind of a waste. But for benching having something that won't hold you back (& can give great memory clocks) a good ram kit comes in handy. Those 2000Mhz kits will also run nice timings at 1600Mhz.
    
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post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by FtW 420 View Post
Depends on what you do with the PC, if you just want a 4 Ghz overclock for everyday use & won't be OC the mem then 2000Mhz mem is kind of a waste. But for benching having something that won't hold you back (& can give great memory clocks) a good ram kit comes in handy. Those 2000Mhz kits will also run nice timings at 1600Mhz.
Yeah, see I was reading reviews on the 4th set there and somebody was running them at CAS 6 at 1600mHz so that's looking like a nice option.
    
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post #6 of 6
Any of the Gskills,however my flavour for the I7 would be the PI series
PI series 1600 cas8
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