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    Default Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    my friend has a system with this board and cpu, and there is 2GB of valueram at DDR2-800 6-6-6-18 (thats what the system buildr he bought from put in)

    He wants to go to 4GB of fast ram.

    I read the reviews of this board on Newegg and have seen some troubles here and there.
    I see that the Corsair configurator does show that Dominator 1066 will run- but will it without problems?

    but anyway, he is a gamer- so what can you reccommend?

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    Default Re: Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    Check out this Newegg filtered search for 1066 2x2GB DDR2 memory.

    I'm partial to Mushkin memory, my 996599 memory kit is excellent.
    Many on the forum have had excellent results with Gskill memory.

    Newegg customers reviews are helpful, but only after you've determined which posters don't really know what they're talking about.

    The best high performance 1066 memory will have 5-5-5-15 memory timings.
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    Default Re: Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    If he does not overclock he will see very little benefit going from standard DDR2 800 5-5-5-15 to DDR2 1066 - check the link in my sig

    I have the P45 DS3L, which is identical in layout to your friends P43; the only difference is the northbridge, and afaik the P43 is a P45 with Crossifre functionality disabled anyway. I have been using both OCZ Platinum XTC 2x2GB and Corsair Dominator 1066 without problems on it for months, I'll recommend the OCZ though because its considerably cheaper usually.


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    Default Re: Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    Thanks :)

    What kind of overclock have people been getting with this CPU? what kind of voltages/bios settings?

    Ive been overclocking myself for years (i run memtest 86+ for testing, cpu-z, etc)

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    Default Re: Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    P43 is limited to about 420 FSB, so he may have picked the wrong board for overclocking/gaming

    That CPU though will do 450-500+ FSB

    I suggest Crucial (2.0V rated kits) or Mushkin, they are both very good and will work just fine in that board

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    Default Re: Ram reccommendations GA-EP43-DS3L & Q9550

    If he does not overclock he will see very little benefit going from standard DDR2 800 5-5-5-15 to DDR2 1066 - check the link in my sig
    I agree, but the price difference between quality 800 vs 1066 memory kits is less than $5, and the 1066 memory should be better if he upgrades his mobo in the future.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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