Help me ram! I know nothing about specs.

Bigfishy

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So I'm nearly clueless. I am gathering parts for a new computer. All that's left is ram and a cpu cooler (I know what I'm getting there).

However, even after perusing the ram faq sticky which is 5 years old *ahem*, with links that don't work, I still have no idea what to get other than triple channel ddr3.

I dont understand any of the common numbers given in ram specs:
Like these two I dont understand the differences
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
My setup

i7-930 (we'll oc this to about 3.5ghz)
2x WD Black Caviar 640gb HDD in Raid 0 (I think that's the right term)
Asus P6T SE Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386
OCZ 500w PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016 (I was told 500w would be fine for my use, I have a 550w in my system I use now I can pull out or if really needed I can go buy more PSU)
Windows 7 64 bit oem.
Nvidia 8800gt Video card

My use:

WoW as for gaming. 25 man raids cause me insane amounts of lag in my old system with 1-2 fps on generally lower settings.

My other uses are basically meaningless as far as what we're talking about.

My Desire: 6gb-8gb ram

My Budget: $150-$250, POSSIBLY more if I were to go with something like the Corsair stuff with dual fans.

Most important is being reliable out of the box and not having to RMA!

Thanks for your guidance in helping me understand/choose.
 

saint19

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1- The difference is that the 1st RAM support XMP that is for OC the RAM in a easy way.
2- Since u have an i7-930, go with 6GB in tri-channel, the 8GB will not the best configuration.
3- IMO the PSU isn't good. For ur rig u should go with a better PSU like this Antec 550W
 

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saint19

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Ur RAM says F3-12800, that is 1600 speed, the 10700 that u can see is because ur RAM is running at 1333MHz.

If u want the 1600 default of ur RAM, go to the BIOS and configure all the specifications of ur RAM manually in the BIOS.
 

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Hey i use Patriot and they got some good ram also. Corsair isn't the only good name out there. there are about 5 or 6 decent brand names out there that all do the same job.
 

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