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I chose the faster Memory.

I can overclock to either 2.4GHz CPU and 240MHz RAM or 2.5GHz CPU and 208MHz RAM.

I Chose the ram because it seemed like it would make the most difference, that is running the RAM at 240, and CPU at 2.4 instead of 2.5 /208.

What do you guys and gals think? 100 out of 2400 MHz isnt much but 32 / 240 is. It seems faster anyhow.

Too bad my motherboard has trouble with my memory at DDR500 Speeds.
I dont think it is my memory at least, they are rated to DDR500, so it must be my crappy motherboard holding me back right?

Anyhow.
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What do you guys and gals think?
Just curious, how many "gals" are there on here?
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cpu mhz is really going to be the king imo. I seem to get a better speeds out of a cpuoc than caring whether or not my ram is on a divider. It does seem very odd that your ram wont run at the rated speed. Have you uped the voltage or messed with the timings?
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post #4 of 4
If you have a minute, this article could clear up everything.
http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/03/...k_frequencies/

I think you should go for the 2.5 GHz CPU speed and 208 RAM with tight timings as they say that
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keeping the timings unchanged and at a steady CPU clock of 2.6 GHz (FX60), DDR600 performs 5% better than DDR400 in CPU/memory intensive applications. These are very weak gains given that there is a 50% increase in memory speed
You'll probably more of a peformance gain from having a 2.5 gigs CPU than having almost DDR500 mem.
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