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DDR3 1600 (OC) vs DDR3 1600 - Same Thing?

I am about ready to buy my Motherboard - an ASUS P8Z68-V for about $164.99 @ Newegg.comI have two 4GB memory module that are 1600 MHz, so that is a concern.The Mobo that I go with must have a USB 3.0 header as the front of my computer case uses USB 3.0.I do plan on getting a video card [atleast 1 GB] some tim...

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The highest speed without the "OC" (ie, 1600) means the mobo is designed for and will default to 1600 when it detects a 1600 stick, usually automatically during boot.  1600(OC) means it should support 1600 but will default to a lower speed and you will have to manually overclock to get the 1600 and you're pretty much on your own.

IMO, CPU power requirements are a non-issue with any good quality mobo (>$75 or so);  just marketing chatter.

Depending on what kind of front panel USB connectors your case has, there are adapters available for some types of header connections, but not all.

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