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Buying Guide: RAM and Power Supplies

Buying Guide: RAM and Power Supplies

January 15, 2015 1:30 pm0 comments

With this fourth guide to shopping we close our series on PC components, as with the other three you have the necessary guidelines to buy the basic components that best suit your needs, according to your budget.


Par 1: Buying guide: motherboard and processor
Part 2: Buying guide: Hard Drives and SSDs
Part 3: AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards

We have put as last the final two components whose importance is beyond doubt, RAM memory and power supplies, but the fact is that they are also the ones that get the least attention from most users, something that can have very negative consequences.

We will continue the expository structure that we have adopted in the previous guidelines, grouping each component in three different ranges; basic, medium and high, indicating also further alternatives to the main recommendation that we consider interesting.

Without no more to say, let’s get down to work and as always we encourage you to leave your opinions and questions in the comments section.

RAM Memory.

Basic range: in the basic range we grouped RAM memory according to standard base frequencies on times and latencies, with 8 GB the amount chosen, as it’s actually the minimum currently recommended.

Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2x 4GB)

A very appetizing module kit that comes with a 1,600 MHz frequency and it CL8 latencies enough to ensure a high performance level.

Medium range: we grouped those RAM memory kits that work on a higher working frequency, maintaining good latencies and 8 GB of capacity. With them we will enjoy an excellent performance level.

Corsair Vengeance Pro Series Red 8GB (2 x 4GB)

A kit which includes two modules of 4GB each at 2133 MHz, accompanied by high performance heat sinks and CL9 latencies. A great choice for its excellent value.

High Range: we can consider as high range the use of 16GB memory kits, but the fact is that they are totally unnecessary for most users today, so I don’t recommend installing this amount of RAM memory, except in very specific cases.

However, if you want to assemble a PC that does not need to be upgraded in a while, or that can run any game or program, it can be a good choice.

Avexir Core Series Blue LED DDR3 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)

A high quality memory package kit, with a frequency of 2,000 MHz and CL9 latencies. It offers an excellent balance and come with integrated high quality heat sinks, and also blue LEDs.

Power supplies

Basic range: power supplies that can meet the needs of most ordinary users, making sure that despite its low price it has also a stable operation.

Aerocool StrikeX 500W 80Plus Bronze

A good, nice and cheap power supply that has 80+ Bronze certification and can feed energy smoothly to any medium range graphics card, including the Radeon R9 270X.

Medium range: it is addressed to advanced users that may want to use smoothly the most advanced graphics cards of the moment, or even access certain dual-GPU settings.

Corsair CSM 650W Modular 80+ Gold

You get here an excellent quality/price value, as it offers high power and also has the guarantee offered by the 80+ Gold certification. It is ideal for powering any high-end GPU and certain dual GPU settings.

High Range: these are recommended for those who want to have enough power to use double and triple GPU settings, but the fact is that they are only really recommended in very specific cases.

Antec High Current Pro HCP 850W 80+Platinum

Antec’s reputation in the field of power supplies speaks for itself, but the fact is that this model not only highlights their good work, but also the price, which is pretty tight.

This is a gem of a power supply capable of working with almost anything, and it also guarantees total stability, thanks to its 80+ Platinum certificate.

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