Best Memory for the Price

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  1. BeakerMan

    BeakerMan Member Guru

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    I am about to order most of the parts for my computer. Im buying the following:

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939 64-bit Processor
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
    BenQ 16x, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive

    I am also buying memory but im not sure what to buy. I am tight on money so I dont want to spend more than $100 for a 512 stick. Im only getting 512 for now but ill add more later. Here are the ones I was thinking about.

    pqi TURBO Series 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - $72.50

    Crucial Ballistix 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - $99

    OCZ Enhanced Latency Series 184 Pin 512MB PC-3200 Platinum Edition - $99

    Which one do you guys think is the best. If its not in the list tell me whats better. Remember though if I can spend $70 on good memory ill be happy.
     
  2. Chibby

    Chibby Maha Guru

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    i'd go either for the crucial or the ocz ...
    i think they both use TCCD chips, which will help you o/c-ing (if you want) ...

    if you push em to 2.8 vdimm you should also be able to reach 2-2-2-5 1T timings @ stock mhz ..
     
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    Are there any sticks with the TCCD chip that are around $70.
     
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    sry ... i don't know about the $ prices ..

    search newegg.com for "tccd"
     

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    None of those listed use TCCD.

    The Ballistix uses Micron 5B-G ICs, which can, and do perform well. So that is an option.

    Most of your options will be in the form of 2x256 or 2x512 rather than 1x512 but here is one (everything else (though I only had a quick check) is even more over your limit):

    Patriot
     
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    I could spend some more money on memory so list some good ones with the tccd chip. I only plan on getting a gig of ram so would 4 sticks of 256 or 2 of 512 be better?
     
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    2x512.

    To save me doing the leg work, look around Newegg for RAM rated 2-2-2-5 @ PC3200 for whichever module size you're looking at purchasing and that is within tolerance of the amount you wish to spend.

    Then I shall comment. :p
     
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    Ha.

    Where have I seen that link before? :p

    But yeah, the Patriot is generally cheap stuff. More because of the brand than anything, though that does not matter, the important sum here is: TCCD + BrainPower PCB = :)
     
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    I can afford the PQI Turbo TCCD would that be any better than the patriot?
     
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    Not sure if I'd go that far.

    1) Reference JEDEC PCB. BrainPower PCB = at least +15-20MHz over reference/modified reference.

    2) Pointless LEDs which extend the size of the module.

    3) Manufactured by Corsair. A company more interested in marketing gimmicks such as LEDs and digital read-outs such as those seen on their new XPERT series, rather than what should be the primary concern - quality RAM. The extras are unnecessary.
    Corsair are not top of their field like a lot of people think.

    Other than the points listed above, they're marvellous. ;)
     
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    It's pretty much a tie. Both use the same design, and as such good results have been experienced with both.
    Go with whichever's cheaper.
     
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    LoL! I have to admit I dislike the flashy leds, and the other silly crap that you don't need. My preferences for RAM tend to lean more toward OCZ and Crucial.

    From what I hear on the XPERT series, they've been having major problems with the display not working, and parts of the stick coming off. Plus.. it's just plain ugly in my opinion.

    [​IMG]

    I really wouldn't want that in my case. :p

    I would however... kill for the OCZ VX line. DDR500 2-2-2. It does run at a pretty high voltage though.

    See the article here: http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2369
     
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    Alright ill go for the patriot. The only reason I thought of the PQI is because of the review on anandtech.
     

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    Ok, this is annoying. I was just about to order all my parts and the Patriot memory is mysteriously out of stock. I just looked at in like 20 minutes ago. Is there any TCCD chip memory thats around the same price.
     
  17. wizwizwa

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    512MB DDR PC3200 DDR400 Major ECC, Shikatronics $109.00 USD
    LIFETIME warranty
    http://www.memorydepot.biz/details.asp?id=WEB-DIM512M/400E
     
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    As a single 512mb DIMM? The aforementioned PQI
     

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