What Ram do you recommend for the Striker Extreme?

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I will be running it with E6850+8800GTX... I've been thinking of the CORSAIR TwinX 2048Mb DDR2 800Mhz DHX CL4 KIT or the KINGSTON HyperX 2048Mb DDR2 800MHz CL4 KIT ... Also does the Strike Extreme Support 1066Mhz (default) RAMs?
 

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CORSAIR - IMHO, Kingston is over priced. If you want to save a little, try G. Skill.
No - 1066MHz is not supported by default, but it'll easily run RAM at this speed.
 

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It is also said that Kingston doesn't like overclocking much... and the Corsair had some freezing during overclocking... Is that right?
 

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Kingston has never been the OCers choice, but CORSAIR has. All RAM will cause system errors/lockups/freezes/whatever when OCed, the question is - how high an OC causes this instability? If you run your RAM 1:1, and OC your FSB to 400MHz (easy and safe), you'll get your CPU up to 3.6GHz and your RAM will still be running at 800MHz DDR. So you wouldn't have to worry about the OCing ability of your RAM.

How far do you plan to push it? What are your goals?
 

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Well, I'd like to push the 800Mhz Ram to at least 1066 Mhz, maybe to 1200Mhz *if* that is possible... Also I'd like to get out at least 1000Mhz + from the E6850 (3000Mhz)... I just dont know wheather does it worth to buy the CL4 KIT than the CL5.
My last dilemma is that how strong PSU shall i get for this rig? I plan to use 1 GTX in it and later add another 2gigs and another GTX (SLI). So is 550W PSU enough?
 

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Corsair doesn't use very high quality chips(ProMOS and Elpida instead of Micron D9GMH/D9GKX like some manufacturers use) in standard XMS2 or lower rated Dominators. Go with something like Crucial Ballistix or G-Skill PC2-6400 HZ. Mushkin DDR2-800 other then the EM2 will also be Micron D9G** chips which are regarded as the prime choice for overclocking. My personal experience with some D9GMH chips has been very good, they managed to reach DDR2-960 @ 4-4-4-12 timings with 2.25v(only .05 over stock for Ballistix) they probably could have gone higher if I had taken more time to test them.
 

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hey, im a rather recent consumer of the Striker Extreme, having bought 4x1gb g.skill ddr2 800mhz ram, but using vista, i ofcoz only see 3326mb, which is just not enough for my needs! so im wondering if the striker extreme motherboard can handle 4x2gb of the same ram, having a true total of 8gb (showing slightly less on vista)

and is there any new high end motherboards for high end enthusiest & gamers that also supports ddr3 ram?? (to upgrade at a later date)
 

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I have the P5N32-E SLI which is virtually the same as the Striker and I'm using Mushkin XP2-6400 which has Micron D9 chips and is $120 on Mushkin's site. I know the price is high for DDR2 800 but it is great RAM, it is sold as DDR2 800 4-4-3-10 but I've had it to 950 5-5-5-15 2.2v and I could have tightened the timings a little with a little more voltage.