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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by dark2099, May 31, 2008.

  1. dark2099

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    So I plan on getting some new ram next week, and possibly a new motherboard too. I am looking at 2 different sets of ram and 2 different motherboard and would like some help.

    Option 1
    2x2GB DDR2 800 Crucial Ballistix Tracers Reds - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148180
    and a DFI LP DK X38-T2R - $185
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136045

    Option 2
    2x2GB G.Skil DDR2 1000 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145
    and a DFI LP DK X48-T2RS - $225
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136047

    Both come out to about the same price ($1 dollar difference) after shipping.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't see option #2, but #1 looks like a winner to me.:toast:
     
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    Updated it so now there is an option 2, my lappy is acting up, I may restart it in a minute.
     
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    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, I believe some TPU members have had trouble with the DK x38. Those Reds are nice, but I still think my Firestix are better, and $20 cheaper. Too bad they are currently sold out where I purchase them.

    http://www.directron.com/fsx800d2ck2g.html
     
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    I'd go with option 2 personally. I love Ballistix Ram, but the Red Tracers seem like an overpriced gimmick to me.
     
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    Well, if anyone can suggest a good X38 board that is in the same price range as the DFI, I am open to suggestions too.
     
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    To me option 1 is the winner in my eyes. I don't know whats the problems that have been happening with the x38 so I can't say if thats the better board to go with. I guess its just the matter of fact that I'm a Tracer whor3 and don't know where else to go! lol
     
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    I loved my Tracers too. But the Red heat spreaders don't make them worth more, really. I'm looking for a link for a Giga x38 board that I just sold. Nice board, actually wish I still had it. Oh, and the DFI thing. I love DFI, and currently own 2 DFI p35 boards. I just THOUGHT I heard other members having some memory issues with that particular DFI board.
     
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    Paulieg there wouldn't be a person here that I wouldn't believe as much as you, TRT, and Nflesher with the amount of hardware they push threw the [FS] Section. I remember you going with the Buffalo's over the reds. I just wanted to see what you ment because of the fact I haven't been around for about a month and don't know if anyone has or not..
     
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    That X38 and the G.Skill do make a convincing argument at $280 w/ shipping.
     
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    Then Freak you made a wise choice in looking into option 3! I think it would make a fine home in your case!
     
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    Basically, the Firestix have confirmed D9's, and have very helpful tech support staff (one of whom is a tpu member now). My Firestix 4GB 800's are currently running at 1012 5-4-4-9 on 2.15v. Basically same or better performance than the Reds for less cash.
     
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    I like that! if my Tracers didn't work in my Max board I was thinking of those! You sold me a long time ago on them! :rockout:
     
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    Hmmm... Plus there are 1200mhz sets of firestix out there as well. About 65 bucks for the 1066 sort at directron.
     
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    You do make a good argument for the Firestix since they are confirmed D9's, but I would like 2x2GB. Me and my "requirements."
     
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    If you have a good board, you won't find any difference b/t 2x2 or 4x1. Actually, I've found in some cases 4x1 is more stable. Anyway, if I wasn't running Firestix I would be running Tracers or AxeRam. Three best series of DDR2 ever, in my mind.
     
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    I missed those 1066's. I may need to sell my 800's and give the 1066's a try. :)
     
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    So the comments I've seen here and there about 4x1 not being as good for OCing as 2x1 or 2x2 are false?
     
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    4x1 is not as good as 2x1 for OC'ing, but I've had conflicting experience b/t 2x2 and 4x1. Many times it has more to do with the board itself. In case you're interested, here's a link to the Firestix 1066's.
    Same price as the Ballistix 800's.

    http://www.directron.com/fsx1066d2ck2g.html
     
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    I noticed those while checking to see if they had 2x2GB, and I currently am playing around with 2x1gb DDR2 800 Corsair XMS2's, have another 2 sticks I am tempted to throw in fiddle with. I want 4GB at least since I am running Vista x64 and 2GB just doesn't quite cut it.
     
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    Option 2

    2x2GB G.Skill DDR2 1000 have been sweet i run mine at 1066 with 2gig of Transram without problems.
     

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