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    RAM buying advice: Is this memory the best value?

    Just wanted to see if anyone knows of a better deal than this ram: http://www.ebuyer.com/342352-crucial...d1609ds1s00ceu

    Including delivery it's £31.89

    The mobo I'm buying it for is a old MSI GF615M-P33 (max ram 8gb) - The max speed it supports is 1333, but faster ram will still work at 1333 won't it?

    - It seems silly to buy 1333mhz ram when this is about the same price?

    Is there anything cheaper and/or better I could buy?
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    Re: RAM buying advice: Is this memory the best value?

    Hmmm, having checked the crucial site, it says this ram isn't compatible with my mobo? - is that likely to be true or is it more likely they just haven't added it to my mobo support list?

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    Re: RAM buying advice: Is this memory the best value?

    Personally I'd always check on Crucial's site and order directly from there. "Value" isn't how much you pay but how much the memory will cost you in failures, returns and arguments.
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    Re: RAM buying advice: Is this memory the best value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    Personally I'd always check on Crucial's site and order directly from there. "Value" isn't how much you pay but how much the memory will cost you in failures, returns and arguments.
    Thanks, I will go for the crucial ballistix kit that is in the crucial compatibility list... it's slower at 1333mhz (but that's the max my board supports anyway), but has better latency at 7,7,7,24.

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    Re: RAM buying advice: Is this memory the best value?

    That's pretty much how RAM works. You can have higher frequencies, with higher latencies, or lower frequencies, with lower latencies.

    The lower the latency, the better it is, the higher the frequency it is, the better it is. So to a point, it will just cancel out. When you're overclocking, you might buy 1333MHz RAM, raise all the latencies really high, and then run it at 2000MHz or whatever its limit is. Then you can try to lower the latencies. Or you can buy 2166MHz RAM, stick it in your machine, and it runs at 1333MHz (a lot of people probably do this without knowing it).

    These 2 might well be exactly the same sticks, technically, just with different suggested usages.

    Either way, you won't notice the difference, so go with the one that they recommend. At least it'll make it easier to return if it doesn't work.

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