Originally Posted by BottleRocket
Ive been trying to find some good RAM for my new comp.
Searching on NewEgg, Ive seen alot of different stuff. 1gig Geil PC4000 for $177 and 1gig Geil PC3200 for $180. What makes the RAM better? I plan on getting an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ and OC it, so what do I need to look for in the RAM? I'd like to get 4 sticks of 512MB in PC3200-PC4000, but I dont know what is good and what isnt. I know brands like OCZ, Geil, Corsair, etc are good, but which one is better within each brand?
With PC4000, you need to look at timings and voltage, you want to keep it low 2.7v-2.8v because that's the max most motherboards allow on memory (except for DFI, those can go up to 3.3v) And since your gonna overclock, the PC4000(DDR500) will give you more headroom, and hopefully your chip(processor) will run at 250x10 which will give you 2500mhz.
Chances are with 4dimms installed you'll have to run them at 2T command rate, and that hits performance a little bit. Not much, but it should be noted.
Since you want 4x512, your looking at spending nearly $400 going by the prices you gave above. Also, depending on what core you get, your ram might be downclocked to 333mhz when using 4dimms. Take note of that also.
If I were to spend that much money on some ram, I'd get some PC4000 or PC3700 2x1GB kits. By going 2x1GB instead of 4x512 you wont have to run your ram at 2T and your ram won't be downclocked.
Honestly I think you shouldn't go with 4x512 for 2gigs, but instead get one of these kits of 2x1GB, it's cheaper then buying 4x512 and it's just the smarter thing to do.
So look over these, and tell me if you have any more questions.
The timings on this are okay, might be able to tighten them just a little, and price is pretty good. Being PC3700(DDR466) it's only 17mhz away from PC4000(DDR500), you might be able to get the extra 17mhz, with relaxed timings and you might not. Price isn't bad either.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000
A little expensive, timings aren't that great, but it's great ram. People have been able to get this ram up to DDR600, with way relaxed timings.
You could save a couple of bucks getting refurb.
Same ram as above, but here's the 2GB kit
from crucial themselves. Bad Ass ram imo, just to rich for my blood.
I'm looking for more right now, but this should help you get started.
EDIT: This ram is doing great in the overclockers community right now. Known to hit PC4000.
Crucial 1GB PC3200
It's pretty cheap @ $105 for one, but it's been known to overclock like crazy.
Here's just one persons experience with this ram
If you still want to go with 4x512, let me know and i'll look for some that would be a good choice to get.