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The memory timings are slow. You want 14 cas latency. Everything else seems fine.
Which one should I go for ? How is this G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200). Cas latency 15.

OR CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) : Cas latency 14 but sped is 2400.
 
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Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $145.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Paying $146 for slightly better CAS latency doesn't seem worth the cost compared to the 16GB DDR4-3000/3200 kits that you can get for under $100, especially in a build where one is looking at more mid-range graphics cards. In a gaming system, you are likely better off putting that extra $50 toward graphics hardware, unless the graphics card is already rather high-end. Moving from a 1660 Ti to a 2060 is likely to get you around 15-20% higher frame rates, whereas the faster RAM won't increase frame rates by anywhere near that much, and only in CPU-limited scenarios. With mid-range cards, performance is likely to be graphics limited most of the time, so more money should arguably be put toward the graphics card, and perhaps less toward the CPU, motherboard and RAM.
 
Paying $146 for slightly better CAS latency doesn't seem worth the cost compared to the 16GB DDR4-3000/3200 kits that you can get for under $100, especially in a build where one is looking at more mid-range graphics cards. In a gaming system, you are likely better off putting that extra $50 toward graphics hardware, unless the graphics card is already rather high-end. Moving from a 1660 Ti to a 2060 is likely to get you around 15-20% higher frame rates, whereas the faster RAM won't increase frame rates by anywhere near that much, and only in CPU-limited scenarios. With mid-range cards, performance is likely to be graphics limited most of the time, so more money should arguably be put toward the graphics card, and perhaps less toward the CPU, motherboard and RAM.
I understand where you're coming from to a certain extent. Building my own Ryzen system was a big deal to me because I don't build computers for myself often. At the time I researched how much Ryzen benefited from fast memory so I purchased one of the best 3200mhz samsung b-die memory kits at 14 cas latency I could find. I didn't want to purchase slower memory and have that sitting in the back of my head, but to each his own. If I didn't do the research and purchased cheap CAS 16 latency memory, I wouldn't have realized there were faster timings until after purchasing. I personally would have had buyers remorse so I like to let people know so they can make an informed decision.
 
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