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I'm going to replace my current 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance RAM with a 2x8gb set to have a small ram disk and can't decide on which RAM to get, so I am looking for suggestions.

I would like to order through Amazon and would like the RAM to be compatible with a CM Hyper 212 EVO aircooler.

These are the 16gb sets I was looking at and was wondering which of these is the best choice, or if there are any better sets in this price range:

Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3-1866

16GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-14900 1866MHz Sniper Series

16GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17000 2133MHz RipjawsX Series

Patriot Memory Viper 3 Series DDR3 16GB 2133MHz
(I like the Patriot RAM but haven't had any experience with them is Patriot a good/reliable brand for RAM?)

Thank you for your time.
 

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I would get these instead if your board can take 2400 Speed ram

G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) PC319200

It's only $3 more than the RipjawsX and is definitely faster than the 3 sets you're looking at.

The only question is, can the extreme 4 handle 2400 speed like the extreme 6?
 
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problem with 2400 RAM on sandy bridge is the IMC wouldnt handle it and down clock it. still worth a look at tho for anly $3 more.
if i had to choose out of the kits listed, i would go with the ripjawsx. they are great ram and one of g.skills best series from my experience. tridentX are g.skil top dog IMO
 

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problem with 2400 RAM on sandy bridge is the IMC wouldnt handle it and down clock it. still worth a look at tho for anly $3 more.
if i had to choose out of the kits listed, i would go with the ripjawsx. they are great ram and one of g.skills best series from my experience. tridentX are g.skil top dog IMO
Not necessarily, if you check out this thread it gives you good points on how to do it properly.

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The 2133C9 version of RipjawsX and 2400C10 version of TridentX should both be based on Samsung 4Gbit revision B memory chips and hence will statistically overclock the same. However, I don't see much point in spending an extra $30 to get either of these since you will not notice any performance gain in day to day use. So I would recommend going for any ~$100 1866C9 or 1866C10 rated kit (there are many of those) looks or manufacturer of which you particularly like.
 

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I would recommend looking at the Ripjaws Z kits, as I have had excellent luck with overclocking them. The 2133 9-11-10-28 seems to be the best for the money. Unfortunately I have only used one kit with 8GB DIMMs, a 4x8GB 2133 kit, but it seemed like it was as good an overclocker as any other 8GB-DIMM kit.

With a Sandy Bridge CPU, you will be limited to 2133 speeds due to the IMC, so I would go with whatever kit has the best timings at that speed. 8GB DIMMs are harder to overclock in my experience, but something like 2133 10-11-10 should be quite doable. If you can, try to get the CAS down to 9, but if youccan't it's not a big deal.
 

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Thank you for the replies, there are quite a few RAM choices, so I didn't know where to start. I will probably go with a set of Ripjaws (X or Z), since I don't think my board or CPU supports 2400MHz.

One last question if I get 2x8gb now can I just add another, identical set, later for 32gb? Or will I have to replace them with a 4x8gb kit to avoid stability issues?

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Thank you for the replies, there are quite a few RAM choices, so I didn't know where to start. I will probably go with a set of Ripjaws (X or Z), since I don't think my board or CPU supports 2400MHz.

One last question if I get 2x8gb now can I just add another, identical set, later for 32gb? Or will I have to replace them with a 4x8gb kit to avoid stability issues?

Thanks again
yes you can do this, for stability the most important factor is voltage.
 

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yes you can do this, for stability the most important factor is voltage.
Ok thank you, what voltage do you recommend for Sandy Bridge?
 

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yes you can do this, for stability the most important factor is voltage.
Ok thank you, what voltage do you recommend for Sandy Bridge?
sandy bridge will be fine from 1.35 - 1.65V with 1.5V being the standard.
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