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Want Input on RAM upgrade

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I am currently running 4x2GB
I am looking to upgrade for faster performance, that being said my system does support up to 16GB ram.

Size aside, what would be more beneficial
DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666), CAS 7, Timing 7-7-7-21
DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) , CAS 9, Timing 9-10-9-28
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) , CAS 6, Timing 6-8-6-24

I know lower latency is better but how does it compare between speed? My motherboard information says "Support for DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066 MHz memory modules ", is 1666 is the limit of speed my system can recognize? Also, is there a performance benefit from 8GB to 16GB besides extreme multitasking? I've read articles and researched but most of it is just benchmarking. Let's say I run Skyrim, itunes, 4 google chrome pages, an active antivirus, 2 download programs, various background applications like skype, vent, etc. and an HD movie (somewhat of a typical use, programs vary).

I have an AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE and Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P.
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You won't notice a difference between 1333 cas7 and 1866 cas9. Most gaming rarely uses more than 3 gig of ram. 8gig is sufficient for the apps you listed.

with that said, not knowing your full system spec, I would recommend an SSD or something else.

Typical apps that require as much ram as possible: Virtualization, CAD, Photoshop, 3D animation programs, video rendering. Pretty much anything beyond 8gig is near the level of a workstation and that would put you in a professional type of computing need, not a typical computer usage.
Edited by flyin15sec - 12/8/11 at 10:57pm
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Yea a SSD is definite upgrade for me. I use CAD occasionally but nothing that would require over 8GB. Thanks for the input, it will definitely help me on purchasing my next upgrade.
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