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Should I pickup G.SKILL Extreme for my Asus P4P800E-Deluxe mobo

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Hello guys,
I can use some advices on picking out the "correct" DDR RAM kits for my mobo Asus P4P800E-Deluxe with Prescott 3.2E CPU and NSpire 450 PSU unit. I'm planning to OC this setup to highest as possible. Any suggestion is greatly appreciate. I'm really thinking about this one, G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231021

If this is "overkill", then my next option is this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032

but because I've read somewhere in this forum that any memory with the so called "Value Series" is not recommended to use for OC, is that the fact? Thanks
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Most value RAM will have low overclocking ability, though some rare ones may provide a decent overclock. Since you're running a 2.4A (a 133 MHz CPU), DDR500 (250 MHz) is probably overkill for your current system. You would need nearly a 100% overclock in order to get the RAM beyond it's stock speed, assuming a 1:1 CPU:RAM ratio. If you think you may upgrade to a faster CPU (a 200 MHz one), then DDR500 is probably warranted. However, if your next upgrade will be further down the road when DDR2 (or beyond) dominates the market, it's probably not worth it.

In general when selecting RAM, consider the speed you hope to get out of your system and select some RAM that will match that goal. With the overclock listed in your specs, you're currently running around 160 MHz. Even if you squeeze another 40 MHz out of the CPU, you'll just then be reaching DDR400 speeds. Assuming you won't be upgrading in the near future, some 2x1 GB value RAM would be a good purchase. Yes, that will not likely overclock well, but the stock speed should be enough to handle your system, again, at a 1:1 ratio.

Some systems do benefit from running a divider that favors the RAM. Unfortunately, the only way to know if your system falls into that category is to test it. Since you currently have DDR400 in your specs, try benchmarking your rig both at 1:1 and with a divider that favors the RAM. If a divider is beneficial, follow the procedure listed above and figure out what the highest RAM speed you'll need to maintain that divider. For example, if you run 4:5 and get the CPU to 160 MHz, you'll need RAM that can do 160 x 5 /4 = 200 MHz.
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Hey Taeric - THANKS. I'm in the process of upgrading my CPU to 3.2E GHz, expecting it arriving this weekend. But I still using on the same mobo, P4P800E-Deluxe. Will to other two PC400 will suitable for my new setup?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231047
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Defintly go for the pc 4000, the 3200, ehhh no, and the pc 4000 is amazing from what i heard, and posibley get that cpu to 4.0 like mine
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High end PC3200 will work fine with a 3.2E, but the PC4000 is a much safer bet. You should be able to push that CPU/mobo to 250 MHz and beyond, which is pushing the limits of all but the cream of the crop PC3200. If you really want to crank your system up, invest in some good PC4000. It'll probably run you in the $200 range for 2x1 GB.

Also, your new CPU will be much more power hungry than your old one, so you'll be taxing your PSU a lot harder. You'll probably be fine since you're running an older GPU, but if you upgrade the GPU down the road, you'll almost definitely want to get a new PSU as well.
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post #6 of 9
The G.Skill PC4000 is on the way from Newegg as we speak... It's just a pretty darn good deal right now. Why spend more money for PC3200, except that the timings are tighter
    
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so does this mean i can use that ram on my pc? im later on gnna upgrade to a new mobo, some people say its only aloud pc3200, others say it alows any ddr ram. help...

im also planning to get a asus p4800se mobo
    
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post #8 of 9
Most likely, a mobo spec stating PC3200 means that the BIOS will not recognize a stock speed beyond that. You can almost certainly use PC4000 in it; the system will just see it as PC3200. If you're planning on overclocking and don't want to spend a bundle on high end PC3200, going with mid-range PC4000 is a good option.
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post #9 of 9
Yes, I'm absolutely loving that memory. And what are the chances of it being sold at such a good price?
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