Originally Posted by Redwoodz
6 cores, 8GB RAM-
Generic 8GB RAM paired with a not-so-good power supply... those Mushkins are actually usually okay for the price they sell at (generic memory that is not overpriced) but I would not recommend that power supply at all. Case is a bit on the high end in price, you could use that money for something else that's better.
Originally Posted by durch
G.Skill is generic and poor?? And OCZ is good? I've had some decent OCZ sets don't get me wrong, but OCZ memory has had terrible reliability lately. I mean just look at their sub $60 offerings: almost all are plagued by reviews complaining of failure
. For a budget build for a friend, reliability is going to be preferred over tightening a couple timings or offering an extra 200MHz. The average user cannot tell the difference between DDR3 1333 CL 9 and DDR3 1600 CL 7, but they will recognize a blue screen. My experience with G.Skill is they are reliable. I've never had a set die on me, and the mass of positive reviews for all the Ripjaw sets backs that up.
I'm not being brand specific. I'm aware that OCZ has some quality issues though this does not put me against their memory in all cases (except on those with mediocre ratings i.e. 1333 9-9-9 1.65V); to make up they have a fairly excellent warranty service.
I have nothing against G.Skill themselves either, in fact I own G.Skill memory, they're a great brand. However, there's a reason I do not recommend generic 1333 CL9 memory with custom builds: well... it's a custom build. Generic memory usually doesn't feature the best quality or is good for overclocking everything else. There is usually always a mainstream performance kit (i.e. 1600 CL9, equals 1333 CL7/performance) for the same price as 1333 CL9 memory additionally. 1333 CL9 > 1600 CL7 can be fairly noticeable, the lower latencies will help with application & boot times.
Also, if you are going for generic 1333 CL9 memory, just go with the absolute cheapest kit available (as long as it doesn't require more than 1.5V); forget the heatspreaders, forget the brand quality and preference. If you take off the heatspreaders on any decent memory out there, they can run 1333 CL9 1.5V without those heatspreaders no problem with no higher voltage or otherwise are completely unacceptable. In addition, no one should ever pay more than $30-35 for 4GB of 1333 CL9 memory; otherwise it's overpriced.Edited by xd_1771 - 1/7/11 at 9:16pm