What DDR3 brand and model for 2500K /Asus Z68 and OCing ?

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Hey guys

I have decided on the Asus Z68 LGA1155 and the 2500K Sandy. My mobo with be either the MAXIMUS or the DELUXE both Gen3.

What DDR3 should I get? I want to OC the hell of of this little chip. I will upgrade the cooler, and the case is going to be a COSMO II. Right now I have a Thermaltake Armor 10 bay full tower till the COSMOS II is released.

What speed DDR3 should I get? WHat brand? What model?

I want 16GB I think. 4x4GB probably.

My budget is $200 or less.

I saw some RIPJAWZ and G.SKILL models for about $129 that seemed to fit the bill. Worth it over CORSAIR or MUSHKIN ?
 

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I was looking at the faster speeds than 1600mhz (DDR12800)

More like DDR17000 and 2133mhz...

Any reason I should bother getting DDR3 faster than 1600mhz?

What OC speed does going from the stock 1333 to 1600 give? 1600 just seems very moderate. Perhaps I am wrong.

I am coming from a LGA775 so I have a small learning curve with the new LGA1155. My CPU and Board come in a couple days from NewEgg so I need to order some ram fast.


Thanks for the help
 

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Depends on what cpu cooler your using, imo I would get the corsair dominator or vengeance (vengeance for larger cpu coolers such as the phantek).
both 1600mhz, though most dominator ram is CL8 with the vengeance being CL9.
 

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I would say go for the G.Skill Ripjaws X series. It's Intel XMP certified. I have 8gb of Ripjaws X in my media PC - Asus Maximus Gene-Z board and an i3 - and it runs beautifully.

As for the speed, they make 1866 and 1600, but I haven't seen many benchmarks where the 1866 makes noticeable gains (i.e., it may get you 1-2 FPS). Here's the kit I would get - and it's <$50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
 

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if I got a faster ram - and did not need it- does that mean the faster spec ram is better and I could go harder or tighten the timing easier than if I got the ordinary stuff ?
 

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Judging it's Z68 and 2500k you are going to use your PC for games. I would go for Kingston Grey series. Paid €40 for 2x4GB. Performance that of kits for €100. Save your money or invest into something that will pay off, such as better case for decent cooling. Just an opinion.
 

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who makes G.SKILL?

Who makes corsair ?
 



+1 This is the best answer since really doesn't make much of a difference with memory over 1600 for the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and as long as you keep the voltage at 1.5v ±5% you are good to go.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
 

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