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#1 Jul 17 2010 at 7:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok so I just got a and 2 gtx 480's with a i7-930 and some other goodies, but my question is what memory should I get? CAS, timings, 1600 vs 2000 vs 2133. Really that means nothing to me. I was looking at funny enough the main reason I was looking at it is only because it comes with a fan and with my 2 480 gtx's I could always use another fan lol
#2 Jul 17 2010 at 7:38 PM Rating: Good
The DDR3 1600 will be fine really, it's still considered high-end memory. If you plan to do some serious overclocking though, you'll want to look into faster RAM. But even with overclocking, the 1600 would work well.
#3 Jul 17 2010 at 7:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Hmmm with my limited knowledge of ram from searching forums, this is what I came up with or or

The first 2 are (mushkin 3x2gb at 6 cas) the third one is g.skill 3x4gb at 9 cas. The extra money for 3x4gb is a option for me, thus why I put it in as a choice, it moves the cas to 9 but the 3x4gb is also only 1.5v where the mushkin's are 1.65v and heat will be a issue with my 2 480 gtx's especially if I wanna do any OC'ing, not to mention i've read that 1.5v is way better because you can then overclock the cpu more thanks to the average of 4 degrees celsius drop when using 1.5v instead of 1.65 (Just stuff I read I have no clue personally)

Edited: to fix links

Edited, Jul 17th 2010 9:47pm by Diggtown
#4 Jul 17 2010 at 7:52 PM Rating: Good
I've heard mixed reports about the 480 heat issue. A lot of people are saying that if you have a full ATX tower, it's much less of a problem. Which makes sense...

12GB of RAM is just overkill. 6GB is really all you're going to need for a very long time. Maybe even 4GB. I noticed the 1st RAM you linked to came with a handy little fan to go over them. That'll help with things. But if you're concerned about cooling, you're also going to want to look into more powerful case fans. More powerful, with variable speed settings, and as many as your tower can hold. It'll be noisier, but noise > melted PC.

Edited, Jul 17th 2010 6:52pm by Osarion
#5 Jul 17 2010 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Ya I have a 120mm 6000 rpm fam for the rear, a 250mm 2000rpm fan on the side, and a 2000rpm 120mm fan in the front
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