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Hi,

Planning to build a new PC based on :
ASUS M5A97 PRO 970
AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition 4 Core 3.6Ghz
650 Watt PSU
Saphire or XFX radeon 6870

Now the question is .. What RAM should I go for?
Initially I have picked the Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3.

However while reading through this forum I have noticed quite a few builds based on faster memory modules.

The board will support DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 MHz according to ASUS.

Now is there something I need to know before going for the faster 1800 / 1866 / 1600 modules? Does this include additional tuning / BIOS changes. Would these faster options be stable with my build?

And most of all: will there be a signifact difference in performance?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Re: Correct RAM

Any RAM listed in the Memory Standard should work with the Mobo.
I would suggest 2x2GB or 2x4GB of the 1600.
 

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Re: Correct RAM

yes, i have seen the 1600 in quite a few mentioned builds. So, it's not worth going into the top notch ones? (1866?)
 

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Re: Correct RAM

That's your choice. I doubt you would see any noticeable difference.
 

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Re: Correct RAM

also had a read about the "correct ram" for certain motherboards - things have sure changed a bit since 2006 :p
 

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i looked into the benchmarks for gaming recently, and i found repeatedly that 1600 and >1600 are nearly always virtually identical. what's more, 1600 is cheaper and more stable.

2x4gb ddr3 1600 only costs $40 on newegg atm. can't go wrong with that.
 
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