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OCing 930 to 4ghz(+): 2000mhz or 1600mz?

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Hi thanks for taking the time to click on my thread.

I'm am looking at buying an i7 930 and gigabyte x58-ud7 motherboard and overclocking to 4ghz (maybe more). I will be using air cooling since I have no experience in water cooling, and I've chosen the Noctua NH-D14 cooler. The PC will be used mostly for gaming/downloading/watching movies, not high scoring in benchmark software

Anyway I'm having trouble deciding which RAM to get: G Skill Ripjaws (2000mhz) (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13934) or another type of 1600mhz ram. I heard this isn't much real world difference between 2000 and 1600 but 2000 gives you more leeway when overclocking. I considered the Tridents but they are incompatible with the CPU cooler.

The Corsair Dominators
(http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=11884)
and Dominator GT's 1600mhz
(http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=12773)

are $100 more than the Ripjaws. In fact I cant find any 2000mhz RAM at the same price as the Ripjaws. I will be buying from that site, as most PC stores here are more expensive, and most US stores don't ship here. (even if they do the shipping ends up costing more than the product)


So will the Ripjaws be good for overclocking? Or should I look for ram with lower latency/frequency? Keep in mind the issue with the CPU cooler's compatibility.

thanks
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With 1600 ram you can do 200BCLK x 22 Multi = 4.4GHz with the ram at its stock timings, if you want a higher BCLK you'll need faster ram or run 1600 with looser timings (as long as it gets to the speed you want). Generally the more you pay for ram you'll get lower timings at whatever speed your running at. It may equate to a few Gigs per second more in a memory benchmark but for any normal computer use you'll hardly notice any difference.
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The natural limit (without extreme cooling and or volts beyond the absolute max of 1.35v) of the IMC tops out at around 1700 - 1800Mhz. Your best bet is to get a 2000MHz kit and tighten timings, or get a 1600 kit with no higher than 6-6-6-18 timings. See my sig that shows my point
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