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  1. SteveKaboom

    Lets talk about RAM

    So I probably should get the "AMD" RAM. What do you recommend for good speed and latency. Im looking at 3000+ MHz and CL14-16, but maybe that's too high end, a lot of it is pretty expensive.
  2. Hello all, In my journey to build my first PC, I've found the subject or RAM to be trickier than I had anticipated. Initially I thought RAM was a simpler, less expensive component of building a PC...oh how wrong I was. So now I'm forced to yet again ask the good people of this forum for a bit of guidance so that I can hopefully get my questions answered. I plan to use a Ryzen 2700X CPU, ASUS ROG X470 motherboard, and G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM (because, you know, pretty lights and all that). So here are my questions. What is more important, speed or CAS latency? i.e. Which would be better, 3200MHz CL16, or 2800MHz CL14? There seem to be some memory cards pre-configured or optimized for AMD CPU's, is this some specialized intrinsic feature within the memory, or merely just preset optimized timings that I could set within my BIOS once I set up my PC? Is there anything else I should keep in mind while RAM shopping? Thanks in advance.
  3. How would I know if its working or not?
  4. I'll take the RAM suggestions into consideration. Just out of curiosity though, when would I really benefit from 32GB of RAM? Does multitasking use considerably more RAM? Or 3D rendering in programs like Solidworks or AutoCAD? I'd really like to get the NZXT H510 Elite, but I'm torn between two Asus boards right now and one of them doesn't have an add_rgb header, so if I don't have the means to use addressable RGB LEDs, I'll probably just get the H500. And I was actually thinking about getting either an 850W or 1000W PSU because I want to run some extra LED strips inside and under my case, and maybe even around my desk for some rainbowy awesomeness.
  5. Awesome! Thanks so much for the help.
  6. So I really wouldn't even be overclocking anything, rather just setting my bios to properly utilize a higher factory memory clock speed than what it was preset for.
  7. I still have a budget. Brand new tech like that is crazy expensive. I don't do enough gaming to justify spending $700-900 on just a CPU and motherboard. That's absurd and frankly unnecessary. Not to mention the only real upgrade to the x570 chipset is PCIe 4.0, which isn't even fully utilized right now. Unless there is some major design flaw in the components I've picked out, I'm content with it. I don't need the newest tech. But I did get a good deal on the CPU which is why I already bough it.
  8. When you get a minute I'd like to hear your response to this. AMD specifically states on their website that the Ryzen 7 2700X is a 2nd gen processor. What is Gen+? What isn't optimal? I picked these components specifically because they are compatible.
  9. That makes sense, Thank you. I'll remember to set that up when I configure my bios. To follow up though, is that really even overclocking? My bios will be set to"overclock" but my memory will be running at factory tested speeds. Also, am I correct in assuming that factory tested speeds are safe for long term use and wont damage the memory?
  10. Am I turning on both XMP and DOCP? What do you mean by "hope it works"?
  11. So by turning on the XMP profile, I am essentially turning on a factory overclocking preset that has already been deemed stable by the manufacturer or some industry standard. Did I get that correct? But if the RAM is already rated for 3600MHz normally, is this really even overclocking? Regarding the amount of RAM, I may use this PC for anything from basic web browsing and video streaming, to some light gaming and potentially CAD software and 3D rendering. If I turn that setting on, will my PC always O.C. it's memory, or will it only do so when needed? Same question applies to the CPU, though I think 3.7GHz will be sufficient and I wont need to O.C. the CPU.
  12. Hello all, I am working on planning my first PC build and I'm trying to understand some specs that I'm seeing. Also, any general advice or suggestions on my build design would be appreciated. Right now, I'm planning on using the following components: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU ASUS Prime X470 Pro motherboard (currently looking into a few other X470's though) G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM, DDR4, 4 x 8GB, 3600 MHz Samsung 970 Evo NVMe SSD Either an RX 590 or a Vega 56 GPU, undecided which yet. Case, cooling system, and PSU are currently undecided, considering an NZXT H500 chasis (would love the H510 Elite, but right now I'm not currently planing on getting a motherboard with ADD_RGB headers, so I cant justify the price tag) Here are my questions: Per the motherboard specs, it can handle memory speeds of up to 2666MHz non-O.C., and 3600 O.C. If I want 3600MHz clock speeds on my RAM, will I need to overclock it to 3600MHz? Since factory tested speed on my RAM is 3600MHz, what am I really overclocking, my RAM or my motherboard? I've seen people talking about raising the voltage on RAM and CPU's to overclock. If I decide to over clock, how much should I raise my voltage for each? If I overclock, will my memory and CPU ALWAYS run at those speeds, or only when its required? For example, will they overclock during simple web browsing, or only while under extreme use? Thanks in advance.