Originally Posted by m00nshine
OK, I'll take your advice and leave the RAM as it is.
I haven't experienced any blue screening and my system seems to be pretty stable right now.
Do you think I will experience blue screening down the line?
I have one last question- besides asking for advice here, how can I determine what would be the ideal RAM for a particular board?
Would I visit the manufacturer's site and take a look at the supported ram?
If it is stable and passes memtest86+ with a minimum of 2 passes (roughly an hour) you can feel relatively confident but 5 passes (overnight) would answer your question. I do not foresee an issue but I have had a few systems with that memory and if not set correctly, can cause stability issues. The recommended memory is perfectly stable at stock (1333) and in the XMP profile (1600). Additionally, there is not even a noticeable performance gain with every day computing. It can be slightly noticeable with gaming and rendering in my experience.
All motherboard manufactures have recommended or tested ram for their boards, ASUS calls theirs QVL (Qualified Vendor List). If you want to play around with the settings, google your board and ram to see if you can uncover some of the secrets. Just be cautious when adjusting voltages as you can fry the board.