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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:38 am 
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Yes, you can really get it cheaper than $210:

Corsair ValueSelect PC3200 CAS3 $80/stick
http://tinyurl.com/2vugu

Corsair ValueSelect PC3200 CAS2.5 $85/stick
http://tinyurl.com/2r88k

Mushkin PC3200 CAS2.5 $79/stick
http://tinyurl.com/28nko

Crucial PC3200 CAS3 $78/stick
http://tinyurl.com/5sbxk

Out of that bunch, I would go with the Mushkin (if you return your Fry's sticks).

And in reference to what you were told, yes, the RAM will clock itself down to PC2100 speeds to match the fsb of your current proc. PC3200 gives you headroom for future upgradeability.


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Lower CAS numbers are better, right?

Also, is anyone sure that Fry's will let me return the opened RAM?


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Im not sure on Frys return policy, they might only do an exchange. You would have to wait for someone who knows the answer to that to reply, otherwise call them.

Your idea is good though, ordering from newegg and then returning. Here is a link to neweggs site for the ram, $156 total

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... 541&DEPA=0


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TsunamiZ wrote:
Lower CAS numbers are better, right?

Also, is anyone sure that Fry's will let me return the opened RAM?


Yes, lower is better. It's not going to make a huge difference on your setup, but that Mushkin at 2.5 is the best value of the bunch that I posted.


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One4yu2c wrote:
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Lower CAS numbers are better, right?

Also, is anyone sure that Fry's will let me return the opened RAM?


Yes, lower is better. It's not going to make a huge difference on your setup, but that Mushkin at 2.5 is the best value of the bunch that I posted.


Isn't Corsair more of a trustworthy and reliable brand though? I never heard of Mushkin.


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TsunamiZ wrote:
Isn't Corsair more of a trustworthy and reliable brand though? I never heard of Mushkin.


In a word, 'no.' Brands to trust (in alphabetical order):

Corsair
Crucial
Kingston
Mushkin
OCZ (in regards to the higher quality sticks)


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That Mushkin RAM has "Cas Latency: 2.5-4-4." What does the extra "-4-4" mean?


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That Mushkin RAM has "Cas Latency: 2.5-4-4." What does the extra "-4-4" mean?


http://www.cybertechhelp.com/html/tutor ... .php/id/61

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=873

http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=102


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TsunamiZ wrote:
Lower CAS numbers are better, right?

Also, is anyone sure that Fry's will let me return the opened RAM?


Look on the back of your reciept, or call them up (their number is on the receipt) and say you opened it and it turned out to be the wrong kind. Ask if you can get a refund.


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They do take ram back but only within a few days after purchase, The one thing you must do before you leave the store is check that the ram you buy is what it is since fry's sometimes gives customers wrong products in the right package..


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