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AMD Phenom II X4 810 match with OCZ or Corsair DDR3 in a M4A78T-E help?

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by echidna_n, May 7, 2009.

  1. echidna_n

    echidna_n Member

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    Hi,

    I’m doing a upgrade (Motherboard, CPU, Memory) as my old Asus A8N-SLI has died.
    I’ve decided to go with onboard graphics as I’m not a big gamer looking for SLI anymore and I want to have a much quieter machine. I’ve chosen the Asus M4A78T-E and the AMD Phenom II X4 810 purely on personal preferences and budget. I do a lot of video encoding and playback of 1080p with Media Center therefore I’ll be using my old components:
    Windows XP Media Center Edition (32bit)
    WinTV-HVR-2200 PCI-E Dual TV Tuner
    PCI 56k Modem
    Creative Aduigy 2 ZS 24bit Sound ? or Onboard I don’t know what’s best but that’s another topic.

    Since I don’t know much about computer overclocking and CPU bus/memory matching my question is about DDR3 1333 memory. After searching plenty of review websites and forums I think I’ll go with OCZ or Corsair and not G.Skill, what do you think? Also I can’t get Mushkin or some of the others in DDR3 here in New Zealand.

    So here’s what I’ve been looking at:
    Corsair TW3X4G1333C9DHX 4GB XMP XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24 $210
    Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHX 4GB XMP XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24 $235
    OCZ OCZ3P13334GK XTC 7-7-7-20 $250 ?
    OCZ OCZ3P16004GK XTC 7-7-7-24 $273 ?
    HyperX KHX11000D3LLK2-4G 4GB 1375MHz DDR3 7-7-7-20 $290

    I’ve read about Corsair voltage going above 2.0v is this why it’s only a 5yr warranty?
    Quote from OCZ “OCZ's hand-tested DDR3 solutions enable ardent enthusiasts to take advantage of the highly-anticipated Intel P35 platform” so is this no good for AMD Phenom then?

    I have seen the OCZ OCZ3P1600LVAM4GK DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum AMD Edition mentioned in another topic here so is this the memory I should chasing? If so why because I can’t get it here yet in N.Z anyway and I don’t suppose Newegg.com would ship to me either?

    Any help and suggestions welcome please.
    Regards,
    Simon.
     
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  3. KillerBug

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    Saying "For Intel I7" or "tested with AMD" is just a marketing strategy. It does not make any difference. All that matters are the capacity, the timing (7-7-7-20, etc) and the MHZ.

    A 5-year warrantee is a lot; the memory will be sitting unused in your closet by then.

    Corsair still has a better reputation, but lately OCZ has stepped up their game, and I think when I goto DDR3 it will be OCZ.

    Don't cry about Muskin not being available; it has been low quality trash for a while.

    If you plan to overclock, you are probably going to want a better mainboard; ASUS has terrible quality these days (your old asus burned out on you after all). Gigabyte and DFI are both great options.
     

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