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Is there any other place I could get this RAM?

  1. Feb 8, 2013 #1
    Newegg is currently out of stock and they don't have it anywhere on tigerdirect. It could be months before they have them back in stock.

    I'm building a new PC and I have the MSI big bang mpower Z77 motherboard. I read that this memory kit was designed specifically for my mobo.

    Is there any other place where I can order this particular memory kit online?

    It must be from a trusted and reputable website.

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  3. Feb 8, 2013 #2


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    It that is actually true (which doesn't seem very likely IMO), buying that mobo was a dumb decision - but some things you have to learn by expierence!

    You can probably find out what you need here. I don't know how big the company is in the USA, but they have a very good reputation in the UK.
    http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx [Broken]

    Either click "scan my system" (and give it permission for messages about downliading software), or select from the lst if you know EXACTLY what make of mobo you have - when you get to the bottom of several layers of submenus, there is a long list of "MSI Z77" boards.
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  4. Feb 8, 2013 #3
    I did a couple google searches and didn't really come up with anything. I realize you probably had your heart set on getting matching stuff but it really doesn't make any difference if you don't have the same branded RAM. As long as the specs match and you buy your ram from a quality manufacturer, everything will be just fine.

    If you don't want to wait for the RAM to be back in stock again, here's what I would do.
    Get different branded RAM.

    Here's the specs on your preferred ram
    Size: 4x4GB
    Speed: DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
    Timings: 9-11-10-27
    Voltage: 1.65

    Here's the ram I would get if i was in your shoes.
    Size: 4x4GB
    Speed: DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
    Timings: 9-11-10-28
    Voltage: 1.65

    They are essentially identical, the only difference is 1 clock cycle in tRAS and a bit of difference in packaging. Performance wise, if you're modeling a complex system that will take weeks or months to run, yeah, you might notice some time saving but if you're building a gaming system, you won't be able to tell a difference.

    And this is all only relevant if you're overclocking your system and running at those specified speeds and timing. Your memory won't run at 2133MHz by default. If you don't overclock your system, it will run at the standard DDR3 speed (1333MHz) in which case you're really just wasting money buying expensive ram and not using it for what its meant.

    So if you're not overclocking:
    for 16GB of ram

    I have 8GB which is plenty for what i do (gaming mostly)

    Hope you find this helpful
  5. Feb 8, 2013 #4
    This looks like a pretty good deal.

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  6. Feb 9, 2013 #5
    This ram looks better than the one you were originally looking for from AVEXIR.
    It has the same timings but is rated for 1.5v so it should run cooler.

    Just keep in mind that if you are not overclocking, then your $130 ram will have the same performance as $50 ram.

    but yeah, corsair makes great ram and this should work just fine on your mobo
  7. Feb 10, 2013 #6
    This 8GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz dual-channel 1.5V is probably better than the AVEXIR memory, although it doesn't have any LED lights or matching color schemes.

    16GB is overkill for gaming, am I correct?

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  8. Feb 10, 2013 #7
    For the vast majority of games yeah, 16GB is overkill but there are a couple that would benefit from having that much ram. overall, more ram is better but the gains become smaller and smaller.

    I would get 8GB now and see how the system performs and then if needed get another 8GB down the line.

    The larger the RAM, greater the amount of data windows will load into its prefetch making the system run faster. But if you already have a solid state drive in your build, then you will have a hard time seeing the difference between 8GB and 16GB of ram because the drive will load stuff so much faster anyway.
  9. Feb 10, 2013 #8
    I read that games like Metro 2033 can use more than 8GB of memory.
  10. Feb 10, 2013 #9


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    Ebay is always an option, they usually have a wide selection of ram. But take care to ensure the specs are compatible with your MB
  11. Feb 11, 2013 #10
    This is my motherboard, and this is the memory I want.

    From your professional perspective, are they fully compatible?


  12. Feb 11, 2013 #11
    yes they are compatable
    msi website says
    DDR3 Memory 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*(OC), 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC, 22nm CPU required)

    Newegg for the ram says
    240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
    DDR3 2133

    they will work just fine

    Yes, that's why I said for the vast majority and not all games. There are a handful that can potentially use up that much RAM. You have to look at the game you want to play and then decide but for the vast majority, you don't need 16GB
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  13. Feb 13, 2013 #12


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    Yes, that ram will work, but, why not 2400 instead of 2133?
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