PC Setup Questions and More... Any opinions welcome - plz.

By Rod_Massoudi
Dec 19, 2005
  1. Hello ladies and gentleman. This is a link to my otherthread which elaborates on the rest of my pieces but for the time being I'm having issues with my processor and RAM team.

    I'm thinking about purchasing an AMD Opteron 148 for its price and OCability. However I'm also thinking about purchasing Corsair XMS 1GB Sticks (2 of them) DDR 400... By doing this, I'll be sacrificing a lot of mhz in relation to my RAM if I OC my CPU... I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations because the difference in price between a DDR 400 and 500 is $50, and I'm willing to pay the difference if DDR 500 is the only solution for optimability... otherwise I'd like to stick with DDR 400.

    Also I'm wondering if there's a huge difference in the speed of the RAM in terms of mhz...

    Also, my second concern is, I'm planning on buying a PSU without SLI support... Should I care about SLI support for the next 3-4 years?

  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I guess it all depends on how extreme you want to go with your overclock. A good pair of 400Mhz if it has nice low latency will OC just fine. But if you really want to take things to the limits, you can dish out the cash and get some DDR500.

    But if you are an exteme overclocker (to the extent of getting high end ram) I am surprised at your choice of boards. The A8N-SLI deluxe/premium are good solid boards (I have the deluxe), but not the best for overclocking. For the money there are far better choices.

    And as for SLI, IMO, it is only worth it if you are getting 2 high end video cards right from the beginning. It doesn't really make sense to me to get an SLI board with only one card with the plan of upgrading to two in the future. By the time you get around to the upgrade, it'll be cheaper to buy a higher end card that would outperform two of your current cards.

    So as for your PSU question... unless you are going the SLI route right away, I don't see the need for the PSU to be SLI ready. Either way there are always adapters for things like this.
  3. truflip

    truflip TS Rookie Posts: 390

    hi rod.. this is the memory u wanted rihgt?
    its $235..

    the ddr500 one is 200$ (G. Skill)
    save u 35$ and u get a more capable ram (atleast for OC).. stock though, i think they'd be the same performance.. the lower Cas on the XMS helps but not by that much.
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