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supergt99

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i just orderd up an asus p4p800e-deluxe mainboard. im going to order the pentium4 3.2 northwood and i want to overclock it. what the best ram to get?
 

disk11

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First off, welcome to the forums!

FYI the more details you provide about your system setup the better someone will be able to help you out. It also helps to post your system specs in your signature.

So answer me this:

1. What is your budget?
2. What is your cooling setup?
3. What is your goal to overclock to?
 
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supergt99

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well the system is not built yet. all i have so far is the mainboard and CPU. im also looking into a cooling setup. id like to be able to hit 3.8ghz if thats possible.
 

disk11

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I agree with flapperhead, the EB series would be nice, but it is quite expensive.

How much capacity (ie 512MB, 1 GB, etc.) do you want and what is your budget?
 

disk11

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Any memory with a rating higher than pc3200 will work, it will just default to pc3200 settings on the initial boot.

With your goal for 3.8 ghz, you will need memory that can hit around 250 fsb or ddr500/pc4000 speeds. Now the choice is you can buy some pc4000 and deal with looser timings, or you can buy some OCZ EB or Corsiar XL and with some work hit ddr500 and maybe have some fairly tight timings. All of this assuming your CPU can reach 3.8 ghz.
 

Reefa_Madness

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Feb 26, 2004
As for where to buy ram, the larger online retailers will have the best selection and prices, however, popular items may not be in stock and you will sometimes have to resort to the next tier. Places like newegg, zipzoomfly, excaliber (sp?), Komusa (A-Data), TBL, among many, are sources used by some of the guys that post here.

The point being made above with respect to your ram choice is that you should set a reasonable expectation for your cpu, then based on your 3.2 multiplier of 16, determine what kind of fsb you will need to achieve to reach that goal, plus a little bit of headroom so that ram does not limit your overclock. Select ram alternatives that will meet your speed needs and within the confines of your budget and ram availability, find the stuff that will run at the fastest timings. There are many makers of quality ram that will work with your setup, so before concerning yourself with a specific brand, concern yourself with what you want your ram to do. Only after you've determined your needs can you really make an informed purchase decision.