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Light Knight

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Edit: I noticed someone else had a similar question recently in the forum, sorry. My question is somewhat specific though.


So I'm just about ready to buy hardware for my first computer build! But I have some questions about the RAM.

My Mobo is: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16813157262 which is recommended for: DDR3 2100(OC) / 1866(OC) / 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066 / 800

Now if I buy 1600 RAM will it automatically simply run at 1333 without a problem? Or will I have to change some timing settings? I would like to have the 1600 in case I want to overclock in the near future, but I would like it to run smoothly either way. Simply put, will running a 1600 RAM with my mobo as is cause any problems?

By the way,

Here's my full build so far, let me know if you see any other issues.

Case http://www.tigerdire...0030&CatId=1510
Ram http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16820220597
CPU http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16819103913
Power Supply http://www.newegg.ca...048&Tpk=HCG-620
HDD http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16822145520
DVD http://www.tigerdire...8414&CatId=1625
Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16813157262
Graphics Card http://www.newegg.ca... 01G-P3-1452-TR
Fan http://www.tigerdire...92458&CatId=803
Monitor http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16824236112
Windows 7 http://www.tigerdire...3932&CatId=4622

Edited by Light Knight, 04 August 2011 - 04:31 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Memory speeds throttle themselves back to match the rest of the system automatically so far as the CPU is concerned.

The six core Phenoms will run memory at 1333Mhz so if you want anything faster you can, though it's a waste of money going any faster unless you intend to overclock, and not all boards will like the faster memory anyway, and overclocking ability is never guaranteed.
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Light Knight

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Great, thanks for answering Neil. I'll stick with 1333Mhz.

How's my build?

I'll be using it for entertainment mostly. I like my computer to run with little hesitation. I will be gaming a bit on it as well; not hardcore, but I'd like to play Elder Scrolls Skyrim when it comes out with decent graphic settings. Do you think I could get a better Video Card in that price range?

As for the rest of it, I'm fairly confident it will work. My PSU is a little pricey, but I know I shouldn't cheap out on it.
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