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So I'm thinking about upgrading to Sandy Bridge. This is what I'm looking at.


Processor
Intel i5 2500K

Motherboard
Asus P8P67 Pro

Ram
????????????

I don't know what Ram to get, I don't have experience with DDR3 memory. But here is what I looked at and like:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=12231074

Any suggestion? I know Bit-Tech got the 2500K to 4.9Ghz on air using 1600Mhz Ram. So I'm kind of leaning towards the Patriot Ram. I'm on socket 775 still, I just hope I will see an improvement. I know P67 will support overclocking and H67 will not and only support onboard GPU and Z68 will support both. I don't care for the onboard GPU support because I don't need it.
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I'm getting same exact item as you. I will be getting this ram with cas 7 latency
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

everything looks good.
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Yeah, a lot of choices for Ram but I don't want to spend more than $110 for Ram. OCZ has good support with OCZRyder but in the past I had too much problem with OCZ Ram so I don't want to go OCZ. I want to try a different brand.

Does the timing even matter much anymore? I thought that the high clock speeds of DDR3 kind of got rid of opting for low CAS latency timings.

But my goal budget is $200 for CPU, $200 for Motherboard, and $100 for Ram. So about $500 roughly. I was going to go i7 2600K but it is kind of useless since I won't utilize the 8 threads for encoding. I don't do too much movie stuff but I do audio and programming. But I skip Bloomfield because I don't think I will get much performance switching from Conroe/Wolfdale, plus it was kinda too expensive at the time with the weird triple Ram setup, motherboard, and processor.

The Ram you post have good timings though. I like this one too:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427

A lot cheaper only $50 and maybe push my cost to maybe $450-$500 instead of $500-$550.
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Does the timing even matter much anymore? I thought that the high clock speeds of DDR3 kind of got rid of opting for low CAS latency timings.
You thought wrong. The timings absolutely do matter. In most cases above 1333 frequencies, the timings are what make the big difference. Really, higher frequencies these days just help give you some headroom when you overclock.

If you want high performance RAM, you need modules with low CL timings. That is why they are more expensive, simple as that.

The RAM you posted does not have tight timings. That's why it's only $50.

Here you go:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303 $65

(and even better...)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226120 $85
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Thanks. If you look at my list I have Redline Ram listed as possible memory I might want. I guess timings still kind of matter. But I think this is my final upgrade of how it looks like.

Processor
Intel i5 2500K

Motherboard
Asus P8P67 Pro

Ram
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996805

I am in luck today, they have Asus P8P67 Pro board available already. Formerly eWiz, now SuperBiiz have the Asus Pro board. So I will order motherboard for $176.99 and then grab Mushkin Redline for $84.99. and now I wait for Sandy Bridge to release 3 more days. I have order from them many times before so if someone is having second thoughts from this retailer. Used to live in the Bay Area, I would get my items from them the same day or next day. Way faster than NewEgg .

This is very good, P8P67 Pro board for $187.00 for me. So under $200 for the motherboard. Kind of suck though, all the technology company is in CA so I have to pay tax. But I use Promo Code HELLO2011 at SuperBiiz give me $15 discount that should handle the tax.

Sub Total$176.99
Coupon Savings -$15.00
Tax $14.55
Shipping & Handling $10.46
Total $187.00


Subtotal:$84.99
Tax: $7.01
Shipping & Handling $0.00 [Free Shipping]
Grand Total:$92.00

Total Cost so far for Sandy Bridge Upgrade is $279.00. I like the even numbers . Now I have to find a good CPU price, too bad I live too far from Microcenter. $179.99 i5 2500K I would buy it. This would make my upgrade under $500. I will be happy to make it under the $500 mark though.
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