WARNING: HUGE POST, BUT PLEASE HELP ME!!
I just put this system together:
Cooler Master ATC-201B-BXT Aluminum Case
MB ASUS P4C800-E DELUXE CANTERWOOD
POWER SUPPLY ANTEC TRUE430 ATX RETAIL
CPU P4/2.6CGHz,800M 478P/512K HT RETAIL
DDRAM 1GB TWINX1024-3200LLPT CORSAIR RETAIL
FD 1.44MB|SAMSUNG SFD321B/LBL1 OEM
HD 120GB|WD 72R WD1200JB 8MB-CACHE%
CDRW 52x24x52|SMSUNG SW-252BENB% BK
DVD|SAMSUNG 16X SD-816BEPB BLK%
SOUND BLASTER|AUDIGY 2 PLATINUM RETAIL
SND ACCES|FACEKIT->AUDIGY2 PLATINUM
(still using my old Geforce3 for now, plan on upgrade next month)
The system looks great, runs fine, and I have detected no problems yet. (CPUZ shows I'm running at FSB 200.5 2.5-3-2-6)
HOWEVER, I bought TWINX 3200LL CORSAIR RAM thinking it was the best I could get for my ASUS P4C800-E MB.
Then, over the past few days I read that the best RAM for a P4C800-E is 3500C2 CORSAIR, regardless if it was not TWINX. ARGH!!
Then, I read other opinons on different RAM types as well. ARGH!! X 2
Then, I found out I had missed the Asus site MB specs where they recommended using 3500C2!! ARGH!! X 3
SO... I gave up on the research and decided to ask you well informed individuals:
Is the TWINX 3200LL RAM the best Corsair RAM for my P4C800-E?
If not, which other Corsair RAM should I buy?
I don't know if this matters, but I may or may not overclock my machine. I bought all this stuff with the intention to overclock, but I might wimp out.
I highly value stability, quality, and performance, and will pay more to get it.
To narrow things down for myself and everyone else, I will only buy Corsair RAM.
I need to make a decision soon, so I can RMA the RAM if necessary... not that I'm trying to rush you.
I bought TWINX PC-3200LL 2-3-2-6 at $312.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the following alternatives are available...
1GB of (NON-TWINX, two separate sticks) PC-3500C2 2-3-3-7 is doable at $352.
1GB of TWINX PC-3700 3-4-4-8 is definitely doable at $320.
1GB of TWINX PC-4000 3-4-4-8 is almost too expensive at $380.
I'm pretty much a noob at the whole system building and overclocking thing.
I would greatly appreciate any and all the help I can get, as things like RAM timings are still a bit confusing to me.
Also, forgive me if I am stating anything overly obvious.
Let me know if you need more info.