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I will be building a new PC with the Sandy Bridge 2500K/2600K beginning this next month and seeing how it will be my first PC with DDR3 memory I was wondering what speed of RAM I should shoot for?

I am looking for good price/performance ratio and wanting to make sure that I don't aim for too high a speed if it will not give me noticeable performance gains. Before someone asks I use multiple apps, game, use photoshop, etc. if any of that matters.

Thanks in advance.
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4GB of 1600 should be good. Considering its the highest speed until you start paying a ton of money for 2000. And 1600 isn't more than $10-$20 compared to 1333. Should do you just fine.
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4GB of 1600 should be good. Considering its the highest speed until you start paying a ton of money for 2000. And 1600 isn't more than $10-$20 compared to 1333. Should do you just fine.
That is what I was thinking after looking on the Egg. Probably 2 sticks of 4GB is what I will do. More specifically looking at RipJaws and Dominators.

Any model recommendations? Was looking at this model of RipJaws.

How big a difference is the Cas Latency timings between 7 and 9 going to be? How much do I take that into consideration?
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 12/30/10 at 1:38pm
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These should do great, Corsair has a great reputation. If money isn't really tight I would suggest these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-297-_-Product
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I have the Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600 9-9-9-24. Yes its "Value"-ish RAM but it does have nice heat spreaders and you can get it CHEAP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...corsair%20xms3

I did my research when I bought it and yes, there are some shaky reviews...BUT-It's worked nothing but wonders for me! I paid $62, I only wish I could pay $40!
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These should do great, Corsair has a great reputation. If money isn't really tight I would suggest these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-297-_-Product
I have looked at Corsair which I have good experience with as well, but having 8 GB (Many sales go on with this) vs 4 GB for not such a huge price difference seems a little significant. Although the 6GB Dominators are a similar price as well.

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I have the Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600 9-9-9-24. Yes its "Value"-ish RAM but it does have nice heat spreaders and you can get it CHEAP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...corsair%20xms3

I did my research when I bought it and yes, there are some shaky reviews...BUT-It's worked nothing but wonders for me! I paid $62, I only wish I could pay $40!
Currently this page is down, but I do tend to stick away from value ram unless it is a special build. Call me an enthusiast if you will (a practical one).
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I have looked at Corsair which I have good experience with as well, but having 8 GB (Many sales go on with this) vs 4 GB for not such a huge price difference seems a little significant. Although the 6GB Dominators are a similar price as well.



Currently this page is down, but I do tend to stick away from value ram unless it is a special build. Call me an enthusiast if you will (a practical one).
What's your price range? Also, you want 8GB for sure? That would help the answer
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What's your price range? Also, you want 8GB for sure? That would help the answer
Well let me put it this way. When the RipJaws were below $100 and I think they still are with the 15% it is really tempting. And if I ever bother to go for more RAM in the future I have the open slots. And if not I don't have to worry about upgrading from 4 to 8GB in the future.
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Well, the dominators are $89 for 4GB which would leave you two open slots later if you decide to upgrade. If you think you may want 8GB and have the money I would buy them all at once to ensure that you have matching modules. I would go with 4x2GB Dominators and all it a day. If you think that will be too expensive, go with something like Viper Sector 5 2x4GB. I would stick with something in the 1333/1600 area.

Edit: Although I don't have experience with them, the Ripjaws that you linked to look like a good deal. The reviews on Newegg are usually a good barometer. The particular setup seemed to get great reviews. Maybe it would be better to go that direction. I mistakenly thought you were keeping your existing motherboard, that's why I suggested 4x2.
Edited by Stupidhatmatt - 12/30/10 at 2:24pm
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