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Better to buy the fastest ram?


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#1 RB_Kandy

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:12 PM

If a motherboard can only run DDR3 @1600, though can over clock to something much higher, is it better to buy faster memory, even if you don't plan on over clocking?

I ask because a friend is building a comp for the first time, and she's already said that she doesn't "plan" on overclocking her computer, but admits it is something she might do one day. So should she buy faster than native speed ram? Like, is there a disadvantage to buying faster than necessary ram? Will it create problems for someone inexperienced?

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:21 AM

Overclocking ram is quite tricky and a lot more difficult then a CPU or GPU overclock. Your best bet is to buy the fastest ram that the motherboard can support.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:50 AM

I wouldnt mess with it, if you dont plan on overclocking then theres no real point, its wasted money, and unless your a real power user, chances are you wont even see a difference between 1600 mhz and 2000 mhz ram. Just order the 1600, you will be fine.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 03:46 PM

OK thanks for the advice :)
Oh wait, one more question, the RAM she was looking at getting was 1633, will that work just as good as 1600, or could this cause problems?

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:12 PM

Which motherboard is this and which ram kit?

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:15 PM

Shouldnt in theory, but for garenteed results shes best off going to the motherboard manufacturers page, and picking memory thats on the manufacturers memory support section. Just look up the motherboard online, and go to the product page-the memory support list should be on it.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:15 PM

Shouldnt in theory, but for garenteed results shes best off going to the motherboard manufacturers page, and picking memory thats on the manufacturers memory support section. Just look up the motherboard online, and go to the product page-the memory support list should be on it.


Ah, perfect idea. Thanks every one :)




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