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I'm building my first custom rig (link here: http://www.overclock.net/amd-build-l...iew-plans.html) and was trying to decide on brand reliability over speed. I'm basing most of my decisions on compatibility with the MOBO I listed in my build thread.

I'm a noob at alot of the custom build stuff although I can catch on fast. I'd just like some opinions on what would be worth it. I'll be running them at stock speeds and I don't plan on OC'ing my soon to be proc X2 3800 past 2.4, maybe go to 2.5. I'm not sure how "tight" the timing is on these two are.

They're both the same price so cost isn't an issue.

G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) DDR500 (PC400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231021
VS

Cosair XMS 2GB (2x1GB) DDR400 (PC3200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145486

This statement more than anything makes me lean towards the Cosairs:

"The G.Skill, like a lot of current 2GB sets, uses Samsung UCCC chips. The Asus A8N series do not like the Samsung UCCC chips. Sometimes (rare) they will work ok together, but mostly you will encounter problems like incorrect detection, not being able to run at rated speeds and bad timings."

I've read about one member here who is experimenting with the G.Skill. Thing is I'd hope to not have to do alot of "manual" things. I'd like to keep the setup simple as possible.

Thanks for your time and patience!
post #2 of 25
i would go with the corsair, althought the g skill is better for overclocking you realy want as little as problems as poss, so go with the corsair if you definately know the g skill has compatibilty issues. hope this helps ya n gl
    
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I would definitely go with the corsairs. From what ive herad, no one has ever really had problems with them. I have corsair ram (but value series not XMMS) and they perform great. just my 2 cents.
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yes corsair is very user friendly but people choose other brands becuase corsair is overpriced imo, but i guess if you want rock hard stabilty you get what you pay for
    
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post #5 of 25
Go with G.Skill, the only real problem that any motherboards have w/ memory is Corsair & DFI Mobo's.

I'm just about 100% sure that if you get the G.SKILL memory you will be problem less UNLESS there's somthing w/ the wrong. But the solution for that is to RMA it. No big deal.
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post #6 of 25
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thing is I'd hope to not have to do alot of "manual" things. I'd like to keep the setup simple as possible.
thats whats hes gona get with corsair
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"The G.Skill, like a lot of current 2GB sets, uses Samsung UCCC chips. The Asus A8N series do not like the Samsung UCCC chips. Sometimes (rare) they will work ok together, but mostly you will encounter problems like incorrect detection, not being able to run at rated speeds and bad timings."
and he's even said he doesnt want to mess with the settings

g skill is the better ram no question there but for simplicity reason get the corsair imo
    
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post #7 of 25
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Appreciate the help guys!

Thanks for the suggestions, COSAIR it is! "Rock Hard Stability" sounds great .

Have a good one and please still put in any more advice. I'm not ordering until about a week or so.
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Originally Posted by RRX2
Appreciate the help guys!

Thanks for the suggestions, COSAIR it is! "Rock Hard Stability" sounds great .

Have a good one and please still put in any more advice. I'm not ordering until about a week or so.
Don't do it! Those timings are horrible! You can get the OCZ kit that will run great on that board and it will be less expensive after the rebate. The timings on the OCZ are much better. You do NOT want CAS 3 at 200mhz, especially at that price The only probs you'll ever read about OCZ is the OCZ VX Gold series.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227210
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Get the ocz's he listed, but dont forget about mushkin, they also make spectacular ram!
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I have the G.Skill and I am enjoying it. And that DDR500 really takes away some guess work when you try to OC. and im running them @ 245Mhz with a cas of 2.5 not 3 as advertised ^_^
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