DDR2 800 vs. DDR2 1066

FPS_Sage

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Should I get 4GB of DDR2 800 RAM (OCZ brand) or 2GB of DDR2 1066 RAM (Crucial brand)? Both would end up being (roughly) the same price. I will be getting a Q6600 and GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P mobo. Also, is OCZ brand RAM any good? I've not really heard too much about them before...

OCZ RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227124

Crucial RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148069

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128047&Tpk=ga-p35-ds3p


A somewhat similar question is asked here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/243728-30-q6600-advice
 

jevon

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I'm definately not an expert on the subject, but i'm pretty sure the 1066 pretty much just gives you more overclocking headroom; allows you to bring the motherboard up to 1066/2 = 533fsb, which I doubt the Q6600 will be reaching even with the G-0 stepping... So to answer your question, I would go with the 4GB of DDR2-800 (assuming you're using Vista 64bit to actually make use of all the memory). If you were to just OC to 3.0GHz on the Q6600, I think all you would REALLY need is DDR2-667: 667/2 = 333fsb * 9 (Q6600 multiplier) = 3GHz. And of course with the P35 motherboard you have chosen you can do this by simply changing the bus speed in BIOS w/o having to mess around with voltages ;)

Also, I really like OCZ. It's good stuff, oh yes. Everyone will swear by the brand that has worked best for them (and the unlucky ones who received a borked stick will burn them), just look for the tightest timings/price, can't really go wrong either way.