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3 years ago#1
So had this picked out initially:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy16gx3m2a1866c9

and just saw at work we got in PNY 16GB DDR3-12800 1600mhz RAM. With my discount I may be able to get that PNY RAM for almost $30 cheaper than the corsair, but would I be taking a huge hit in performance?
3 years ago#2
not a noticeable difference unless you use IGP
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3 years ago#3
1600MHz RAM is the sweet spot in price/performance and is what you want. No point going higher unless you're getting it for the same price somehow.
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3 years ago#4
fuzzyman posted...
not a noticeable difference unless you use IGP
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3 years ago#5
Don't pay more than $60 for a basic 2x 4GB kit unless you're getting something fast with good sinks

I spent... $100 >.> last year though and low latency ****
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3 years ago#6
these are pretty fugly but CL9 1600 for $54

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313343

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3 years ago#7
For the overwhelming majority of applications, differences in RAM speed will be completely negligible. Unless you work in a field where you know RAM speed will affect processes you're running, don't even worry about it.
3 years ago#8
The 2x4 1866 vengeance LP kit is $54 after a MIR on newegg. If you do MIRs that's a great deal as long as you don't mind your sticks being blue. If not, 1600 is usually around $60 with no rebate.

As for how much of a difference it will make (assuming 1600 vs 1866+), outside of very specific applications, on an intel system none, and on an AMD system next to none, unless, as was mentioned above, you're running on igp.
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3 years ago#9
I'll just be running an i7 haswell, and doing some gaming along the lines of command and conquer, total annihilation, homeworld, some indie games like endless space, amnesia, and sir you are being hunted
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