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J.M.LLOYD
10-18-2007, 12:28 AM
Hi all. I need to complement the following componants with a good choice of memory

Asus Blitz Extreme mobo
Asus GF8800 GTX Ultra graphic card
Intel Core 2 Quad Q600 2.4Ghz/4MB CPU chip

I have been looking at the Corsair range, but there is so many to choose from,I'm not sure which would be the best configuration.[single/quad 1x4,2x2.Confused]

The price range would be $350-$450 Australian,sorry for posting here,but the response time is far better...Cheers

VMF-214_HaVoK
10-18-2007, 09:31 AM
You running 64bit or 32bit OS?

SlickStick
10-18-2007, 03:34 PM
For that Quad Q6600, it uses a 1066MHz FSB. To start, I would go for 2GB (2 x 1GB for Dual-channel) of some quality DDR3-1333 RAM like OCZ or Corsair XMS. I'd also recommend Crucial Ballistix, but I did not see any DDR3-1333 at Newegg.

A good set runs about $300.00 to $400.00 USD.

See this Newegg page for reference (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+1052429248&name=DDR3+1333+(PC3+10600))

Good RAM, especially RAM that is a clock step higher than your CPU requires, will allow you CPU overclocking headroom. If you're not planning to overclock, then you can still get the same name brand quality in a DD3-1066MHz, which will still allow a littel overclocking and should be more than adequate for gaming and all other apps.

Here's a link to a review of that motherboard:

ASUS Blitz Extreme (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=864&num=1)

Airmail109
10-18-2007, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by SlickStick:
For that Quad Q6600, it uses a 1066MHz FSB. To start, I would go for 2GB (2 x 1GB for Dual-channel) of some quality DDR3-1333 RAM like Crucial Ballistix, OCZ, Mushkin, or Corsair XMS.

A good set runs about $300.00 to $400.00 USD.

See this Newegg page for reference (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+1052429248&name=DDR3+1333+(PC3+10600))

Good RAM, especially RAM that is a clock step higher than your CPU requires will allow you a little overclocking headroom. If you're not planning to overclock, then you can still get the same name brand quality in a DD3-1066MHz which should be more than adequate for gaming and all other apps.

Here's a link to a review of that motherboard:

ASUS Blitz Extreme (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=864&num=1)

LOL WTH, DDR3 runs slower than the best DDR2 at the moment.

Go for some DDR2-1066mhz, far better timings more stable and is far cheaper.

DDR2 clocks just fine, Ive got a mate with a q6600 running at 3.8ghz on DDR2-1066mhz.

SlickStick
10-18-2007, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SlickStick:
For that Quad Q6600, it uses a 1066MHz FSB. To start, I would go for 2GB (2 x 1GB for Dual-channel) of some quality DDR3-1333 RAM like Crucial Ballistix, OCZ, Mushkin, or Corsair XMS.

A good set runs about $300.00 to $400.00 USD.

See this Newegg page for reference (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+1052429248&name=DDR3+1333+(PC3+10600))

Good RAM, especially RAM that is a clock step higher than your CPU requires will allow you a little overclocking headroom. If you're not planning to overclock, then you can still get the same name brand quality in a DD3-1066MHz which should be more than adequate for gaming and all other apps.

Here's a link to a review of that motherboard:

ASUS Blitz Extreme (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=864&num=1)

LOL WTH, DDR3 runs slower than the best DDR2 at the moment.

Go for some DDR2-1066mhz, better timings more stable and is far cheaper.

DDR2 clocks just fine, Ive got a mate with a q6600 running hat 3.8ghz on DDR2-1066mhz. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

As the board uses it, I understand that CAS latency is higher in DDR3, but the difference is not monstrous in performance under the P35 chipset. See DDR3 vs DDR2 (http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2989&p=1)

I hadn't compared DDR3 prices to DDR2 in a bit and thought they had come down a little. To save money in the beginning, and get a little more performance in the short term, sure he could go with DDR2, if the mobo is reverse compatible. (I am still a bit light in this motherboard and doing a little reading at the moment, but I do not think it is). There are other things to consider like the lower voltage of the DDR3 and therefore less heat.

J.M.LLOYD
10-18-2007, 07:14 PM
Thanks for your help Boys

SlickStick
10-18-2007, 08:15 PM
This Review (http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM3MCwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==) shows that the board is backwards compatible and supports up to DDR2-1066 as well. So, you can go faster right now with the DDR2, and have a little overclocking headroom with good RAM.

In the future, when DDR3 gets faster/cheaper you can migrate to it as an upgrade. 2GB (1GB x 2) in Dual Channel mode still stands as a good initial buy, but considering it's half the price for 2GB, maybe you'll start with more. Just remember, you can't run DDR2 and DDR3 at the same time, so when you transition to DDR3, you'll have to find a use for the DDR2 or sell it on EBay. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DDR2-1066 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+1052420643+1052308477&name=2GB+(2+x+1GB))