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Windows 7: Choosing RAM

13 May 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Choosing RAM

I'm trying to decide which RAM or order, to go with a motherboard that I just ordered:

Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Socket AM3/ AMD 890GX New Board - eBay (item 190510537291 end time Jun-07-11 12:46:06 PDT)

I came across some Patriot RAM that is attractively priced:

Patriot Viper II PGV34G1600ELK 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Upgrade - 4GB (2 x 2048MB), 1600MHz at TigerDirect.com

But it looks a bit strange with it's notched top edge. I don't want to make the decision based only on looks, so I'm posting in order to get some insight into whether this is my best choice?

This will also be used with an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor, if that makes any difference in choosing...also the function where I expect that these decisions may matter most, is for video encoding.

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13 May 2011   #2

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

i like the look
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13 May 2011   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

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13 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What is the main use this computer will be doing? I use DDR2-1066 in my desktop, and it does fine for most of what I do (some gaming, surfing, DVD ripping, virtualization/testing, software coding, etc).

In most cases, the stock coolers work pretty well, but airflow inside of your case is very important also.
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13 May 2011   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dogbert2 View Post
What is the main use this computer will be doing? I use DDR2-1066 in my desktop, and it does fine for most of what I do (some gaming, surfing, DVD ripping, virtualization/testing, software coding, etc).
As I said in my OP, video encoding is where I believe that performance will play the most important part.
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In most cases, the stock coolers work pretty well, but airflow inside of your case is very important also.
Understood, but even with a case with good cooling (HAF 922), I found that the CPU was running somewhat hotter than I cared for, until I added a CM HS/Fan to it, and that is only on an old S939 X2 processor. I will probably wait until I have this rig running to make a decision, but I still wanted to gain any advance insight possible now.
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13 May 2011   #6

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Is this kit on your board's Qualified Vendor List?

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http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...89GTD_PRO/#MSL
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13 May 2011   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No, there are RAMs that are similar, but vary by a letter in the prefix of the number. However, in the past, I have found that the QVLs are not comprehensive, and do not include all RAMs that will work okay. Plus, there is a Mem OK button on this board, which if I understand correctly, adjusts the MB to the RAM. However, I could be wrong.
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13 May 2011   #8

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi seekermeister,

Is there a reason why you're opting for this kit over one that is on the list? Sure, it may work out just fine, and it probably will, but it could also just as easily not... or be temperamental.

Asus memok leds lets you know if there's a problem during the post. It'll blink once at post if all is OK, but if it stays lit, you're not booting up and the board is telling you you're booting because of a RAM issue.
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13 May 2011   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It is not exactly that I'm opting for this RAM, it is just priced in a fashion that I like. There are many, many possible choices, but the only one that I have found so far, that is on the QVL, and I have found available, is ~$100, instead of ~$40.00. That is not a price difference that I want to pay, simply because it is on a QVL short list. At the same time, I do not want to buy something that is not going to work, therefore I was hoping that someone might have some kind of personal experience with this hardware, that would simplify my decision.

I went to the Corsair site, and failed to find a wizard or other method of matching their RAM with this motherboard, but I did find such on the Kingston site, and the RAM that they have that caught my eye, is not on the QVL either. The possible choices are endless.
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13 May 2011   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I found another RAM in which the RAM configurator on the Patriot site, agreed with the QVL, but it is still somewhat more that I wanted to pay:

Patriot Memory Extreme Performance Pgs34g1600llka Ram | eBay

I was surprised to find it at that price on eBay, since TD wanted $121.99 for it.
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