Best RAM for <$180?

fershizzle

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My PC will consist of...

Antec NSK4400 or 900 Case (Haven't decided yet)
Thermaltake 500W PSU
Gigabyte S3 Mobo
Core 2 Duo 4300
Sapphire X1950XT
Seagate 160GB

So I need some suggestions on RAM, I do plan on overclocking my CPU a bit, I don't know about the RAM tho. If i would be able to get cheaper RAM, like $130 or something, and not see a big difference in performance or become a bottleneck, I'm up for it, but if their will be a performance increase, I can spend up to $180. Thanks.
 

Wonderwill

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Do you have any brand preferences? Here is a list of perfectly good 2 X 1GB memory sticks that will all suit your purpose (excluding the 533s on the list).

Newegg

I would reccommend OCZ or Wintec, but that's just me. Take your pick or narrow it down a little more! :)
 

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181<180 180>181 the alligator eats the smaller number.

edit: too many uppercase letters :? :evil:
agree with the xms good stuff, was >200 when i built my system.
 

Wonderwill

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181<180 180>181 the alligator eats the smaller number.

edit: too many uppercase letters :? :evil:
agree with the xms good stuff, was >200 when i built my system.

Sorry but both of those are wrong... 181 is not smaller than 180...? Anyway, just go with the XMS it is high quality and rocks.
 

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If you want to get the best priced (at the moment) D9's for ~180 it would be these:

OCZ / 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 / 1066MHz / NVIDIA® SLI™-Ready Edition / Dual Channel OCZ2N1066SR2GK

190.00 Free Shipping
170.00 after rebate

FYI: I haven't heard the best things about FRYS rebates so YMMV

OCZ:
FRYS.com #: 5162136


http://shop4.outpost.com/%7BOVF4PSKmqCKkixu4Tp6HCw**.node2%7D/product/5162136;jsessionid=OVF4PSKmqCKkixu4Tp6HCw**.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG



Once you go down in price a certain point you are not going to be gaurenteed D9's which basically means less overclocking potential.

Some other choices for almost guarenteed D9's (they are sold out at the moment though).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820150054
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231065



Here is a pretty updated list of what IC's each memory uses; Anything with "Micron D9GMH" or "Micron D9GKX" is what you want.

Ram List

If it has anything else listed or a red entry then its not guarenteed to be D9's. For your price range, DDR2-800 / PC6400 is right around what you would be looking for.
 

fershizzle

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Well these are the 3 I've narrowed it down to then.

1. Patriot
2. G.Skill
3. Corsair

It looks like it's just coming down to the Brand now, and I'm with Wonderwill in leaning towards Corsair, but anyone else have any opinons? The Patriot got a really good review on this site...
 

traemyn

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go the the G.Skill even though its out of stock. You are gambling on the other two choices, in regards to overclocking potential.

Newegg does not list the Revision # on that Corsair and you could be getting a lower quality one (note the Ram List site on that model).

IMO, go one of the two I linked above (G.SKILL HZ or Firestix). Or do some of your own research and find a similarily priced D9 module using that RAM List. But again, the two I linked are probalby your best bet for good D9's, at the moment, for your price range. There were some Crucial Ballistix PC8000 for $185 last week but I believe the price went back up.
 

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Best...a trick question.

Best to me is the highest Mhz vs times in a ratio of 1:1 and T-1/CR-1 settings...vs price.

My systems are still using DDR1 ram becuse I can still get higher Read/Write/Copy scores with Everest benchmarks over DDR2 ram.

G.Skill for me is the all around best buy given price vs OC settings...and they do so at stock volts.

I use Optron systems with as much as 50% OC with no voltage/heat boost on RAM/CPU/CHIPSET but the same idea should hold for Intel CPU's/CHIPSETS given a real PSU.

A real PSU to me would be a Silverstone if I could not get a PC Power & Cooling unit in time for a build.
All PSU's adverted @ a given wattage are NOT the same (most are crap in my mind).
 

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OK we all have our opinions but I can't see a real difference between fast RAM that works fine. Isn't that the reason for choosing a certain brand over another? Speed and operation. If both are on track, there really isn't a difference.
 

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I don't like OCZ just because its much more common to get faulty ram, so i choose "better" brands such as G.Skill, doesn't hurt that their cheaper to :wink:
 

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OK we all have our opinions but I can't see a real difference between fast RAM that works fine. Isn't that the reason for choosing a certain brand over another? Speed and operation. If both are on track, there really isn't a difference.

Very true. "Sort by Price" tends to be the most helpful feature when searching for RAM.

Which is why, all brand and chip manufacturers aside, the G.Skill 2x1Gb 4-4-3-5 DDR2-800 is the best buy for 150 bucks, and remains so up into the $200 range. Nothing at that price has those timings and it overclocks just aswell if not better than D9s, even running 1T. People on Newegg report DDR2-1000 speeds at 2.4v with the stock 4-4-3-5 timings. There is nothing like it.