Memory recommendation

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Looking to build a Core2 system soon, e.g. 650 or 680 based board, 6600/6700, 8800GTX, tuniq tower.

Was looking at perhaps getting 4GB now (for future Vista use even though I know the recommendation at the moment is that you don't really need any more than 2GB)

But, with the current good prices on RAM, what would be recommended for such a system. Hoping to overclock and with the 650/680 boards able to unlink the memory speed, what should I look at in terms of good reliability, quality etc.?

I.e. would I see any benefit of 8500 over 6400 etc.

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But if the board allows the memory speed to be unlinked then is there any reason to get faster memory than 6400 since you're not relying on memory overclock potential to get a CPU overclock.

Or would setting a memory overclock even if the CPU is at default give any noticeable performance increase?
 

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I wouldn't advise running your RAM any slower than your FSB with the Intels.

For the e6600, and even more so for the e6700, you don't really need good clocking RAM to get a good overclock. With the e6600 on its x9 multiplier, you only need pc6400 to be running at its stock speed to get to 3.6ghz (9x400).

Anything over 3.6Ghz with both the e6600 and e6700 is good going. And even then, something like the £115 OCZ pc6400 Platinum stuff would probably get you to 4ghz if your CPU was very very very very good.

With the e6600 and above, the CPU is far more likely to hit a wall first than cheapish pc6400.
 
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In my experience with the E6400 at 3.6GHz the cpu needs big volts 1.5v+ and I'm not alone there with the volts I am getting 60°C+ temps at load and thats with Tuiniq Tower, 2 x 120mm fans at 1400+rpm and the shark is vented at the side which manages to keep the temps down compared to covering up the vents.

With that said I think the conroe being put under water would be a better investment with pc6400 memory over the pc8500 and a Tuniq Tower.

My 2 bobs worth :)
 
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