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Quick question regarding memory and FSB


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kidnova

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I'm about to purchase the following MB and CPU for my new build:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115017

The CPU has a 1066 FSB. My question is regarding RAM. The mobo will support 667/800/1066 RAM and the price difference between the 3 RAM speeds is significant. I might do some small overclocking, but I'm definitely not planning on pushing the system to its limits or anything. Currently I'm planning on buying 2 sets of this RAM, for a total of 4GB:

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2K2/2GR - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820134384

My question is whether or not I would be better off purchasing a faster RAM or if this will be sufficient. Thanks.
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Why not go with something like this? It is cheaper and faster. :)
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Well, Patriot is not listed among the officially supported brands on Gigabytes website. I'm assuming it has something to do with the higher stock voltage (2.2 vs 1.8 for the Kingston)? Has anyone had any experience with this board and different types of RAM?

It does list this as supported though, and I switched it on my list. Thanks.

A-DATA Extreme Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVD1A16K - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211174

Edited by kidnova, 28 November 2007 - 04:18 PM.

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Try looking at this list and see if you can't find some that are "officially supported". Of course, plenty of RAM that isn't "officially supported" would probably work perfectly fine in your motherboard, but if you want to be on the safe side...
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Yup, thanks for the reply. I made the change to the A-data as you were posting.

A-DATA Extreme Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVD1A16K - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211174
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Sounds good. I've never used A-DATA, but I've heard they are a pretty decent brand. Good luck with your build! :)
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M8 i had a problem with my Gigabyte motherboard and my kingston rams like you. My motherboard (GA-M57SLI-S4) supports up to 16GB or ram at 800Mhz speed but the voltage in the DDR slots is only 1.8v. My ram needs 2v to work properly so before you choose what you want to buy be sure you checked everything.
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Correct, but this can easily be adjusted in the BIOS.
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