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When I built my rig I didn't really look into ram too much and just bought something with good ratings that was cheap, kinda hit my budget wall. I bought the 1333 CL9 G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb (4x2). I have some spare cash and was thinking of either upgrading my ram or buying a closed loop water cool system (h60, h70).
I was thinking of getting a faster 4gb kit, would there be any noticeable performance increase in this? Gaming or in PPD. I saw a thread that recommended this kit. I have my page file disabled at the moment and I tend to use more than 4gb of ram...Could I just turn that back on on my HDD or SSD and not have much performance hit or would it slow something down after you run out of ram? Or is there an 8gb kit that is just as fast?
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In my own opinion, I would suggest in a good DDR3 G.Skill, Corsair, or Mushkin 1600 or 1866 8gb kit, since you go over the 4gb often.

If your overclocking, then a closed loop would be nice for you. But then again, you can get the hyper 212 and still over clock decently.

That is just my opinion.
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Would there be a big difference between 1600 and 1866 in realworld performance? or 2133 for that matter...

My friend has a 212+ P/P, and hits about the same numbers on his 2500k that I hit with my n520. That's why I was skeptical about getting the closed loop because it doesn't seem like it will even make that big of a difference.
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Anyone have any more info? Still trying to decide if buying ram is worth the money.
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post #5 of 11
Why don't you trying clocking your current ram to at least 1600? My 2600k paired with an H70 hits 4.7/4.8 pretty easy, an i5 should do be even cooler and hit 5ghz.
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Quantity over speed and timings in my opinion. I'm not sure why you're thinking of going to 4GB when everything's going the other way. I wouldn't trade my RAM straight up for the fastest 4GB of DDR3 even if my board could take it, but that's just me.
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It'll be a waste of money if you upgrade your RAM. you're not going to notice much of a difference in real world apps. Get the H70/80 if you want, could be a good investment, but with that overclock of yours I'd invest in something else.
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I saw a thread that recommended this kit.
At those prices, here's what I say. This as well.

I know it doesn't have the exact timings, but it's double the amount of RAM, so for the same cost, you trade half the density for like, what, just 2-1-2 timing improvements!? The 8GB kit with the same timings goes for ~$120 so apparently they're charging a 100% markup for 1-0-1 timing improvements. Shaving off of the timings or whatever are not worth more than a 100% markup per GB cost. To say it's a huge rip off is an understatement.

If you are a RAM buff or like tinkering with timings to shave .005 seconds off of Super Pi though, then yes, those kits might be for you, but for most people in the real world... you won't really feel it, especially since you already have 8GB and will be trading down. If your current RAM is really that terrible, just get one of the 8GB kits I linked to. Same cost, twice the amount.
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At those prices, here's what I say. This as well.

I know it doesn't have the exact timings, but it's double the amount of RAM, so for the same cost, you trade half the density for like, what, just 2-1-2 timing improvements!? The 8GB kit with the same timings goes for ~$120 so apparently they're charging a 100% markup for 1-0-1 timing improvements. Shaving off of the timings or whatever are not worth more than a 100% markup per GB cost. To say it's a huge rip off is an understatement.

If you are a RAM buff or like tinkering with timings to shave .005 seconds off of Super Pi though, then yes, those kits might be for you, but for most people in the real world... you won't really feel it, especially since you already have 8GB and will be trading down. If your current RAM is really that terrible, just get one of the 8GB kits I linked to. Same cost, twice the amount.
Yeah I'm not by any means a ram buff lol, I just realized after purchasing that my ram was bottom of the barrel, just wanted to make sure it wasn't holding back anything else. I was just trying to figure out if I would see any real world difference and I'm gathering not really from what everyone says. This ram is already 1333@1.5v so shouldn't I not overclock it? Would the faster ram make any difference in PPD?
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I also purchased the same ram but I got 12gb kit and asked the same question when I see falling prices. It isn't worth it to get new ram regardless of the increase you thinnk you may get it.

I always look to put something new into my computer.. after much debate. I realize if you just save you monney on none essential upgrades.. 2 or 3 years from now on the next rig you will feel better about spending alil more if you didn't spend it on the last rig when you didn't need it.

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