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Question about compatability between ram and motherboard

by tday1969 / December 4, 2008 8:57 AM PST

Hi, I am wanting to order a couple of ram sticks from TigerDirect:

Corsair Value Select Dual Channel 2048MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB) for $29.99 after rebate

My computer has:

Athlon 64 Asus K8V SE Deluxe Via K8t800 chipset, 3x DDR 266/333/400

I know this is the correct ram, but my question is, are there any other issues I should look at? I read that different rams have different voltage and it can screw up the bios. TigerDirect doesn't show voltage for this item, and I'm having trouble finding this information on the Asus web site.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated(even if it's just to tell me I'm a cheapskate:)

Thanks Terry

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by Jimmy Greystone / December 4, 2008 9:57 AM PST

Personally I've never had a problem just buying any kind of RAM. I tend to think the whole voltage thing really only comes into play if you're an obsessive overclocker. It COULD be a problem on some boards even if you're someone who doesn't spend every free moment trying to squeeze an extra 0.0001% performance out of things by upping the voltage a little more, but I would expect that to be exceedingly rare.

And since you opened the door to other commentary... I'd suggest reconsidering buying from TigerDirect. No personal experience with them, but I have heard some horror stories. Though looking at their 6-month rating, it's over a 9/10, so maybe there's new management. Their lifetime rating is somewhat less impressive. Might also be a good idea to look into the company handling the rebates, since a LOT of those companies end up going under, or are on the shady side. So only buy if you're able to pay the full retail price, and understand you may never see that rebate money.

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by tday1969 / December 6, 2008 1:14 AM PST
In reply to: Personally

thanks for the advise, I did check out the rebate company, it's Worldwide Rebates, and they don't have a great reputaion, so if I buy online I'll shop for a something without the rebate.

I wonder if I'm better off spending the same money for faster smaller ram, like two sticks of better quality 512 instead of the less expensive 1 gig sticks?

thanks again

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