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Old 05-20-2009, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all, i am going to build my first rig soon, and using newegg's wishlist feature i have thoroughly revised my list multiple times to make sure everything is compatible and im 98.43 and a half % sure everything will work the first time.

but one thing that i am still unsure of is what ram to get as far as voltages and cas latency goes. i've checked the manufacturers site of the mobo im planning to buy but nowhere does it mention anything about recommended voltages for the ram modules. will incorrect voltages cause a malfunction? and also, idk wether to choose ram with higher or lower latency. i know what cas latency is, but i am considering two sets of ram.

this set has a latency of 7

Newegg.com - OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

this set has a latency of 5

Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

their prices are basicly the same (2$ diff) i just dont know which to choose or if it even matters. i dont plan to oc either.

also. is g skill any good?

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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This is about the best kit of DDR2 1066 RAM.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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i did actually take a look at that set, but i turned it down because im on a tight budget. tight as in the baby gap shirts that simon cowell wears tight. 50$ for ram is my max, but if it is the best then i suppose i could try to sqeeze 15$ more for it.
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Well, the second OCZ or G.Skill is alright, the pi blacks are better for overclocking, and have better timings.

If you want, you don't need to get a 1066 kit, you can get the 800 PI Black kit, it's 55 bucks with free shipping. I own them, they rock.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 &#40;PC2 6400&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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thank you, that helped me alot. one last thing. should i worry much about voltages?
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Not really. Most motherboards support almost all the RAM out right now, depending on speeds of course.
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Those PI Blacks are some nice RAM. If I were to upgrade my crappy desktop I'd pick those up in a heartbeat.
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