Hi I am in the market for new ram. My quetsion is does brand really matter?
I am not a tech and not into over clocking etc, I game a little Age of mythology age of empires that sort of thing.
Kingston, Buffalo, Samsung, Crucial, Ocz, Ultra etc, are all brands I see a lot. Samsung and Buffalo are the best prices I can find. I am buying pc3200 ddr400.
If you buy generic memory, you run the slight risk of your board not liking it and you in a pickle because if you send it back, they'll probably find nothing wrong with it and therefore no refund or exchange.
If you buy cheap memory, then you again run the risk of it going faulty quicker or other symptoms.
If you buy Kingston memory, it usually only fails if you mistreat it quite badly, otherwise it'll outlast the system. But again because its classed as generic memory, see above. But you do get lifetime warranty on it.
Crucial can go one of two ways; if you buy a generic stick, they won't refund if your board doesn't like it. But if you use their wizard and the memory they send you doesn't work in your board despite them saying that it does (because you used the wizard), then you get an exchange or your money back. But the memory is on a par with Kingston stuff because again it'll last out the rest of the system and beyond.
Memory is one of the most critical parts of your computer; if that doesn't work properly because you skimped on it for cost reasons, then you're only making a rod for your own back.