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Hello

I'm bulding a new rig for BF3 and new upcoming games.
I will use MSI 990FX GD80 board and Phenom II X4 980 CPU.

I'm not sure if I need more than 4 GB of RAM.

I'me between Gkill 1600 Mhz 2 x 2GB 6-8-6-24 1.5V Ripjaws X (love the timings) and CORSAIR 1600MHz 8GB 2x240 Dimm, Unbuffered, 9-9-9-24, Vengeance Blue (lol timings).

Now the question is:

Is there any reason to get more than 4 GB of ram for new Games like BF3 (requires an open browser + EA origin spyware and lots of ALT TABing, Teamspeak 3)? I'm sure 8 GB will be nice but 1600Mhz CL9 is not what I'm looking for.

Peace!
Edited by a11an - 10/27/11 at 1:54am
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post #2 of 15
might as well go 8gb, ram is soo cheap these days.

You won't regret it at all.
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4gb is fine for gaming, but as what the guy above said, my aswell get 8gb because of the price.
    
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post #4 of 15
8gb is cheap in price right now, and for whatever future proofing you can give, I say do it.
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post #5 of 15
For BF3 definitely get 8GB. Some people are having problems with only 4GB.
 
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post #6 of 15
Go 8GB. There's already games that eat up my 4GB, especially when running browsers and other crap in the background *cough bf3*. DDR3 is hella cheap, there's really no reason not to buy a 2x4GB kit..just do it.
    
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post #7 of 15
8Gb, if you plan to be using 20 tabs on a Firefox window (I use 30 plus and about 10 on Google Chrome at the same time) and plan to BF3, get 8 Gb, if you are really at the end of your budget, go with 4Gb
    
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post #8 of 15
No reason not to get 8GB with the prices, but CAS 6 4GB is nice as well, but mainly just for benching. Just get 8GB and be happy with it for a while.
post #9 of 15
Get 8GB, everything will run and feel much smoother, 8GB is the new 4GB. Running waterfox and mass effect 2 right now and at 3GB ram usage, I suspect with BF3 I would be at 5-6GB ram usage.
post #10 of 15
I can tell you from personal experience get 8GB, I currently have 4GB, last night I was playing BF3 and the game began to lock up, looked at task manager 98% memory usage, and no I don't have a bunch of programs in the background. As soon as the match ended, I ordered two 4GB sticks from newegg
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