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I got 4GB of DDR3 now. I bought something from MC worth 80 bucks and I want to return it and I am considering getting 8GB of RAM.

I plan on rebuilding my current rig. Currently my CPU is an Athlon x4, I hate it. I am getting a 25/2600k. I am also running cfire 5770 and going to replace it with a 570/580.

I multitask with a lot of FF tabs and I usually also have a lot of other apps in the background. I do video transcode like when I turn a video into something else for my portable media player and stuff like that. What I really want it just...to be faster some games I play still are slow like Oblivion and DA2. Also When I install games and other apps from my HDD my computer slows down dramatically.

Would 8GB make a noticeable difference?
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doubt it would help you out. a ssd sounds like it would make the biggest diff for you
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I think an SSD would certainly make more of a substantial difference, but more RAM with lower timings may also help.
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Going from 4GB-8GB not likely. Overclocking that Athlon x4 would help though until you decide to upgrade.
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You guys are right, SSD is something that I was looking at. But for the 80 bucks the most I could get right now is a 64GB if spend ten bucks more. I made a thread about SSD's in the proper section, and I was hoping that some of the people here could continue helping me in the new thread.

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1023637...l#post13608591

Also for those wondering the thing I bought was a Razer Lycosa keyboard. I upgraded from a G11 that I have had for a while. I love the way the keyboard feels when I type but at the same time, it is not a huge upgrade at all, so I feel like I could get something more important now.
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Yeah, the SSD was the best purchase I made a while back. I don't know how to live without lightning fast Windows...lol. It really gets your O/S out of the way. Application window's also have a tendancy to "Pop" open instead of multisecond "Loading".
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My 64GB SSD was one of the largest wastes I've done. Faster boot time, but after Windows is installed I can have possibly two or three games installed. With one game (Mass Effect 2 at the moment) plus Windows I have about 15GB left (that is with leaving 25% un-allocated).

A faster boot time is rather useless. maybe not if you log on and off alot, but most of us turn on the rig when we sit down and turn it off when/if we go to bed. I don't see any improvement to any software that isn't installed on the SSD

8GB of ram though works pretty well...more than 8GB doesn't seem to get used, but I've seen my usage in the 6GB range a lot
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Originally Posted by Doogiehouser View Post
Going from 4GB-8GB not likely. Overclocking that Athlon x4 would help though until you decide to upgrade.
I am not sure if this is the case. My situation is a little different but not much. I had 12GB of memory. I built my wife a system recently, ran short of money and took 6GBs of my memory and put it in her system. I keep hearing you only need 4GBs of memory but my system with 6GBs is noticeably less responsive than when it had 12GBs. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. I told her she had to get her own memory because I needed mine back. Also, with 12GBs of memory I was able to turn off virtual memory. After I took out the 6GBs (forgetting I had turned off the VM) I was informed by windows I needed more virtual memory.

That aside, I love the SSD I have. It is WAY TOO SMALL. I only have my OS and Photoshop on it. It is so nice when I open PS and it is there, no long wait times. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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post #9 of 10
I like the smoothness I get from having 8GB of ram, but nothing actually runs faster. Like others have said, save up for a decent size SSD if you purely want a speed increase.
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SSD will give you the greatest performance boost. The bottleneck in all systems is the Mechanical Drives. When I went to SSD the performance boost was majorly noticeable and immediate and with TRIM I had nothing to worry about. I have gone from 4GB to 8GB in the past. You do not notice a performance increase but your system tends to have more freedom to use RAM rather than your pagefile which will always increase performance as pagefiles on HDD's and even SSD's are not as fast as RAM.
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