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you could keep the RAM you have, just make sure you have the triple channel grouping correct when you put the system together. the problem with lower clocked RAM is that it can hold you back when you want to go for a high clock speed. with the amount of money you are spending on your system, i would sell the 24gb 1333mhz stuff, and get 6 or 12 GB of 1600mhz. that will be more than enough RAM and it will be faster so you wont have to mess with RAM dividers when OCing, or atleast it wont be as big of a pain as it is with lower clocked RAM.

really 6gb is more than enough for 99% of people. only GIANT photoshop projects or really really intense video editing will get close to 6gb.

6gb will be enough, if you want more, 12gb is overkill, but more sensible than 24gb.
    
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I think I'll settle for less ram at better CAS timings. Hopefully I can get at least around 12GB's in 3 4GB modules of DDR3-1600. Thanks for the help guys! Now to get an opinion for my motherboard in the motherboard section!
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thank god someone building a monster rig finally listens to common sense. as long as you have atleat 4-6gb of RAM, you dont need much more. 12gb is overkill, but its future proof, even for large photoshop projects. i hate when people say they NEED some rediculous amount of RAM and ignore our suggestions and go on with what they think is best because they are ignorant. i usually tell these people not to ask us for advice and then waste our time by ignoring it! lol

the fewer sticks of RAM you have the better. more sticks of ram can put more load on the memory controller and now since CPUs have integrated the memory controller into the CPU, this can effect the overclock. if you have fewer sticks of ram, its less stress on the IMC and thus easier to OC.

for motherboard, definitely get something high end for this build. dont cheap out and watch it blow up when you want to push it on an OC or if you are doing intensive tasks or games. stable power delivery over multiple power phases, lots of features and never say never! get what you want the first time cause i said i would never need [insert feature] and i end up needing/wanting that feature at some point.

you can read this thread about power phases on motherboards. this applies to intel or AMD. quality boards are the beginning of a stable overclock!
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I was thinking of either the Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbite Memory Kit since it's a Cas-7 (7-9-8-24) and 2x4GB but it's only sold in Dual Channel Kits at NCIX and it's about $150.00 (more or less) a pop. On the other hand, they have the Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbite Memory kit in tripple channel 3x4GB at Cas-9 (9-9-9-24) for $164.00 (more or less) a pop. Both modules are DDR3-1600. As I said, I'm not much for over clocking at the moment but I want to be able to do it when it suits me. I'm more of a gamer. With that in mind, which of these would be better to get? I'm leaning toward the Mushkin Blackline kit because it's already 12GB in on triple channel kit and I'll be spending a lot less since I won't have to buy 2 other sets just to make up for the Redline set being dual channel.

However, I am curious about the performance boost with the Redline being Cas-7. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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I was thinking of either the Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbite Memory Kit since it's a Cas-7 (7-9-8-24) and 2x4GB but it's only sold in Dual Channel Kits at NCIX and it's about $150.00 (more or less) a pop. On the other hand, they have the Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbite Memory kit in tripple channel 3x4GB at Cas-9 (9-9-9-24) for $164.00 (more or less) a pop. Both modules are DDR3-1600. As I said, I'm not much for over clocking at the moment but I want to be able to do it when it suits me. I'm more of a gamer. With that in mind, which of these would be better to get? I'm leaning toward the Mushkin Blackline kit because it's already 12GB in on triple channel kit and I'll be spending a lot less since I won't have to buy 2 other sets just to make up for the Redline set being dual channel.

However, I am curious about the performance boost with the Redline being Cas-7. Any suggestions? Thanks!

get triple channel kit since thats what gives those chips the best performance. Its been said for a while now 3 sticks of triple channel is what those things need. Also you could save some money with gskill as stated before and they are as good and sometimes better than the corsair and mushkin competition.
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Alright, I've decided. I'm going to bring back all those unopened DDR1333 dual channel packs and get this:http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=52...acture=G.Skill . To tell you the truth, I don't know why I even want 12GB's. I'm pretty much just a gamer with a lot of interest in hardware.

The RAM I linked is Cas-6 and it's in 3 modules of 2GB DDR-1600. Seems more reasonable with my build than 12GB-24GB of higher latency ram. One more question to ease my paranoia... Will it be enough ram to Run Crysis 2 on max?
post #17 of 19
6gb will run ANY GAME. windows wont take up more than maybe 1gb or so. no way will any single game be using over 4gb of RAM.


1600mhz with tighter timings will be better than having a rediculous amount of slower RAM.

its a good choice going with the 6gb kit.
    
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6gb will run ANY GAME. windows wont take up more than maybe 1gb or so. no way will any single game be using over 4gb of RAM.


1600mhz with tighter timings will be better than having a rediculous amount of slower RAM.

its a good choice going with the 6gb kit.
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