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Upgrade to 16GB (@1600Mhz) or to Faster RAM

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Since memory is so dirty cheap right now, 8GB cost me $110 when I first built my Sandy Bridge rig, now it's only $29.99 on Newegg. Was thinking about buying another 8GB just to have it. I know realistically it might not change much, but I'd like to have it just for the epeen factor.

Anyway, anyone have any opinions on whether upgrading to 16GB is worth it or should I just replace my 1600 Ripjaws with something faster and/or tighter timings?
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More ram might hurt your performance if your gaming that is.
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More ram might hurt your performance if your gaming that is.

Yes, I've heard that. I've heard that more RAM could hurt overclocking. More sticks, more power consumption, more heat. Is there other factors to consider when you're upgrading to more RAM if you are gaming?
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No need to upgrade for more RAM. If you wanted to get faster RAM, thats a different story, but still probably not worth while.
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It depends on what you use your comp for.
If you do video/photo stuff, you will probably notice an improvement in going for faster/more RAM.

Quite frankly though, I do not think it is worth the extra cash (albeit cheap) for just gaming and regular use.
If you are going 16GB, i'd rather you went for a 4x4GB kit vs 2 different 2x8GB kits just for consistency.
For real work performance, you really don't notice much improvement beyond 1600Mz-1866Mhz++ so idk if it is worth it.

Just in case you are scared of a zombie apocalypse where the only means of survival is eating the bytes from your RAM, then I suppose you could get an extra 8GB as backup or sell your current and get a 16GB kit.

As mentioned, More RAM might have an effect on your OC-ing so you'd have to watch that as well. More IMC stress, etc.

Also, i'm pretty confident you don't even hit 35%-40% when idling so hush and keep the $30! (or give it to me so i get an xbox360 controller and stop taking my friend's ... )
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