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I'm in a pretty odd spot. I want to buy another 2x2GB kit since it's much more cost effective than ditching this set and buying a new 2x4GB kit. There are two potential issues barring my purchase:

1. The ram needs to be low enough to fit under my Cogage Arrow, as the Flares are currently occupying slots 3/4.

2. The ram has to play nice with the Flares, and I know that mixing ram kits in general isn't such a good idea. Below is a screenie with the SPD:



I've looked around a bit and in theory I think that the blue Ripjaws/X and Mushkin Blackline 1600 kits @ CL8 1.5v should work fine with my flares as well as fit under the Cogage Arrow. Am I missing anything?

Thanks for the input!
Edited by Velathawen - 1/13/11 at 9:12am
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I'm in a pretty odd spot. I want to buy another 2x2GB kit since it's much more cost effective than ditching this set and buying a new 2x4GB kit. There are two potential issues barring my purchase:

1. The ram needs to be low enough to fit under my Cogage Arrow, as the Flares are currently occupying slots 3/4.

2. The ram has to play nice with the Flares, and I know that mixing ram kits in general isn't such a good idea. Below is a screenie with the SPD:



I've looked around a bit and in theory I think that the blue Ripjaws/X and Mushkin Blackline 1600 kits @ CL8 1.5v should work fine with my flares as well as fit under the Cogage Arrow.

Thanks for the input!
What do you use the computer for? Realistically the only difference adding RAM to your system would be if you are doing heavy video encoding.

Other than that there is no real need to add more RAM. 4GB is plenty enough.
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I'm actually looking at running some VMs and some software like Bloomberg eat up 4GB on its own
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I'm actually looking at running some VMs and some software like Bloomberg eat up 4GB on its own
Do you have a fan on the outside of your Cogage Arrow (over the RAM slots)?

If so, you need to get low profile memory, if not the sticks you mentioned would work.

As for working well with your current RAM, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you find sticks with the same timings, voltage, and speed then it should work alright.
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Fans are on the other side and the middle, so there's no issue in that regard.

If I were to pick up a 2x4GB kit, which would you recommend? The current kits on newegg seem to have a pretty high premium for slightly lower timings.
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You can pick up 2 set of G.Skill ECO 2X2 GB 1600 7-8-7-24, which they can do 6-8-6-20-24-1T. Running 4 sticks on a Phenom II X6 will not hurt ocing the cpu unless you run 1800+.
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You can pick up 2 set of G.Skill ECO 2X2 GB 1600 7-8-7-24, which they can do 6-8-6-20-24-1T. Running 4 sticks on a Phenom II X6 will not hurt ocing the cpu unless you run 1800+.
It's cheaper to just grab this set of Corsair:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-324-_-Product

Decent timings, and they overclock really well.

As for recommending a kit, I'd say get the cheapest 1600Mhz RAM you can, as most RAM now-a-days is able to run CAS7 or lower, even if the RAM is rated at CAS9 (just requires a little tweaking )

And honestly the difference between 1600Mhz CAS9 and 1600MHz CAS7 is not noticeable in anyway. The only difference will be in synthetic benchmarks.
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Realistically I don't think any other RAM kits will play well with those flares... rarely have I seen 1800 8-8-8 rated kits. The ECOs or Ripjaws (1600 7-8-7/6-8-6) may be a good choice if your kit can run those settings, but there may be a difference in the ICs. AFAIK most Flares use Elpida BBSE or PSC... it's pretty much the same deal with the ECOs/Ripjaws though the binning may be different and the majority are PSC.
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I've actually been running them at 1467 CL8 1.5v at the moment, was hoping that I could find a 1600 kit with similar timings and voltages. Definitely huge buyer's remorse for picking these up atm >_>!

Seems like the best course of action is to just ditch this kit and go for two sets of eco//blacklines, Sigh! >_>
Edited by Velathawen - 1/13/11 at 8:21pm
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