Memory for this build

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gigarob

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Hello everyone. I hope I am posting this in the right area of tom's.

I am building a gaming PC and have bought most of the components. I have yet to get a CPU cooler or RAM but this is what I have so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.37 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Momentu 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $796.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I plan on doing some overclocking and am wondering what my best options might be for memory modules. Any help or advice is appreciated. And thanks in advance!

 

gigarob

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hey, thanks! that RAM looks great.

looking on pcpartpicker.com there are "ripjaw" and "sniper" series.. is there any difference other than the heatsinks?

I am not sure if I will want or need it but I assume that if I eventually want 16 GB of RAM I can get two more sticks in the fall?

Should I worry about them going out of stock? Should I buy all 4 at once for any particular reason?

It looks like now my only worry is a CPU cooler
 
I'd recommend DDR3-1600. 1.5v.

The video card you chose is pretty weak for that computer. You'll need something more powerful if you plan to play newer games at 1080p.

The psu is major overkill. A 400w psu would be sufficient for that setup. If you go with a HD7850/70 or better I would recommend a 500w psu.

However at that price I'd probably stick with the 650w. Tigerdirect has a slightly better deal with rebate and free flash drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2768070&CatId=1483
 
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