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 Post subject: which RAM direction?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:34 pm 
Klamath
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I'm working on building new computer. I do play some online games, WOW, Steam games, and Facebook games mostly. While shopping for RAM, i have couple of directions I was thinking. Was thinking of going with 12gb DDR3 1600 or do i go with 8gb DDR3 1866? There is like $30 difference, which doesn't seem bad. Is there an actual advantage to one or the other? Here is a link to the 2 I was considering. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231460 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820226218?

Thanks for any input guys.
James


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 Post subject: Re: which RAM direction?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:19 pm 
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Location: Sittin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line.
Without knowing anything else about your build I'm going to start with a few assumptions, if any of those are wrong it may impact the given advice:

#1 You use discreet graphics (separate GPU)
#2 You currently use 4 or 8 gig of RAM
#3 Your mobo uses dual or quad channel RAM

Get the cheaper 2x4GB.
Faster RAM benefits integrated graphics, 1600-1866 seems to be the sweet spot for RAM right now (price/performance). More RAM is only useful if it gets used, if you don't find yourself running out of RAM currently you'll be fine. Games don't use all that much, 2GB at the outside, and that rarely. (Is that right LatiosXT? I'm basically just telling him what I've learned from your posts).

So there's my expert opinion and recommendation, unless LatiosXT or FascistNation tell you something different, then do what they say.


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 Post subject: Re: which RAM direction?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:03 pm 
Klamath
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These are some other parts I'm purchasing. May help with input, sorry for leaving them out. Buidling from case up, all new parts. Trying to get as close to current as possible without spending fortune.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128592 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116899 cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814202087 gpu

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: which RAM direction?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:27 am 
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For the things you do, I think you only need the 8gb ram. More ram won't really help.

Post your whole build list if you want more advice.


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 Post subject: Re: which RAM direction?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:50 am 
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Increasing your RAM capacity to improve performance solely depends on how much you're using it now. If you're not even tapping 75% of it at your worst, you don't need more. If you get more RAM then, it's just going to sit there and do nothing.


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