Originally Posted by kentullis
Please excuse my ignorance as I haven't built a PC for many years.
I like the ASRock MB you used but the ASRock web site says this MB supports 1333 RAM yet I see you ordered 1600 RAM????
Could someone please clarify this?
1600mhz DDR will run at slower speeds.
The motherboard just downclocks it to 1066 or 1333 or whatever the CPU and chipset require.
It's pretty much automatic. Just push the ram into the motherboard and turn it on. There is nothing special to do.
I personally won't buy 1066 or 1333 DDR3 since 1600mhz is basically the exact same price.
The difference is any is a dollar or two. For that price- I would rather have the better DDR3 ram since you can run tighter timings- it's often better quality- and I can re-use it with a Z68 board or better CPU in future.
I choose and H61 board because it's a good board. It's cheap. It works great- it has fast restarts and a good feature set for that price. But H61 is not a 1600mhz board and chipset like Z68 or Z77 is.
I figured that for $48 it was solid deal. But at some point I might find a nice Z68 or Z77 board for $50 and upgrade it- and if so the memory is still good and I don't need better to overclock or get max performance.
I know I am a bit different than most- I change my stuff over more often. This stuff matters to me, where many might set it and forget it. If your going to build a HTPC and never touch it for years to come... none of my methods would make much sense.
I often find I can buy a CPU or board for a good deal - play and enjoy it- then use if for something else and upgrade- or sell it on ebay. Effectively it might only cost me 10 or 20 bucks to use that piece of hardware for 6 months or a year.
I mean a $48 Asrock 1155 socket motherboard with USB3.0 and SATAIII ports is always going to be worth north of $40 in next couple years. I Paid $48
A $38 Sandybridge G530 is always going to be worth north of $30. We are talking about $8 difference between purchase price and open market used resale value.
When I find a great deal on a higher end board I will jump on it.