Okay, taking a look at mem for Celtic Spirit and was wondering what you all thought about these choices. Will more than likely only do “upper middle” OC’ing since it seems I’ll be forever stuck in noobie mode there. The PC3200 currently has a 40.00 rebate that ends the 31st, so have to make a decision “yesterday”.
Guess basically I’m asking if paying the extra for the PC4000 will be more “future proof” or should I be okay with the PC3200 to help the budget? Proposed system specs are:
Motherboard: ECS KN1 SLI Extreme
CPU: AMD 3700+ San Diego
GPU: 2 x evga 7800 GT CO
HDD: 1 x WD Raptor 74Gb (Primary) + 2 x Maxtor 160gb SATA D’Max 9* (RAID1)
Motherboard: MSI K8N Diamond Plus
CPU: AMD X2 4400+ Toledo
GPU: 2 x evga 7800 GTX KO
HDD: 1 x WD Raptor 74Gb (Primary) + 2 x HITACHI T7K250 250Gb SATA II (RAID1)
I was looking at the very same set of sticks. The other one I had on my list was the slighly more expensive:
Corsair Memory XMS3500 ProSeries 2 x 1 GB PC3500 DDR RAM (DDR443) (TWINX20483500LLPRO) - 2-3-2-6-1T for about $290-$310.....but I think it is just too pricey.
On the 2 you selected, it is my impression that the 4000PT does really well if you are needing or planning to do a high OC. In reviews I read it does decent at lower settings as well, but it seems to shine on the higher OC's. The one I mentioned above does great on lower-moderate OC's, but not so good on the higher stuff. Also both seem to run at exactly the same, or near same if running in 1T or 2T, which I found very odd. In head to head tests, the 3500 outperformed the 4000PT on most tests. I would have liked for them to toss in the 3200C2 to compare it with, but they didn't. [edit clarifier - the 3200 1t versus the 3200 2t were the same as each other.....then the 4000 1t and the 4000 2t were the same as each other - obviously the 4000 was running a heck of a lot faster...I didn't want the impression that the 1T/2t was head to head.)
I know the 3200C2 seems to be a favorite at this forum, and I think it is the one that is in the HW Leaderboard's Dream system....I took that to mean it was "THE" best for the money you could get for normal use, slight and high overclocks.....but I don't know the exact assumptions of the leaderboard. I think if I were pulling the trigger on my new rig before the end of the month, I'd go ahead and buy the 3200C2 and save the bucks. If I were (and will be ) getting it after the 1st, I'd go with the 4000PT. Obviously the 4000pt is running at a bit looser timings and a CL3, but it is rated for higher speeds, which I assume offsets the tighter timings of the 3200..
Heck, get a 2GB kit of each and see which you like better, lol.
[edit. (in my best captain kirk voice regarding the rig i'm about to build).....Must.......come......up.......with.......a.......name