Originally Posted by blucube
What's the take on RAM these days? Reading suggests RAM can affect Ryzen performance to some extent?
First off, hello to person who lives right down the road from me.
AMD has for a long time been intertwined heavily with memory performance. I to am about to build a new system and have been ordering my water cooling parts, the new processors are quiet impressive. You have a few months before the next Ryzen releases, however as was previously mentioned there are many cheap options out there to fill the socket in the mean time.
The battle you will face with memory is speed to latency, do your research on peoples results not only overclocking the frequency, but the latency as well. Back in the DD3 days Mushkin Blackline was my go to for overclocking builds, they could perform amazingly on AMD, but times have changed. I will be interested to see your part list, and will try to remember to report back if I find good options for you as well.
I also wanted to jump in here and mention something about buying a board today versus then however. While this particular item is somewhat minimal in actual performance. The Ryzen 3 will support PCI-E 4.0 which as you likely know is not an open ticket item on todays motherboards. This being said however, its recently come to light that the motherboard manufacturers have been planning for this and many boards out there in the x470 family are in fact built to support this, but not all. If a board is to be selected, and to use the future standard, make sure you snag one of top tier quality to help the odds of being able to get that CMOS update to unlock PCI-E 4.0 as the processors are released.
I look forward to seeing your build and am retiring both of my Intel and AMD systems for a new AMD system as well. The new x470 EK monoblocks look pretty sexy!