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with 8g of standard kingston ram
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looking to upgrade ram to 4 sticks of GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3
+
Also looking to crossfire HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB

I posted a similar question but now I'm also upgrading the ram and buying 2 better video cards just wondering if the ram will work with my motherboard to its full potential or will it get bottle necked or something like that, also if I will run into a potential wattage shortage.

Thanks
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I think all you really need is 8GB of ram, but i guess with memory prices so low, its not that big of a price increase
With 2 6950 in crossfire, you better have your cpu overclocked, thats a lot of graphics horsepower paired with that processor.
Depending on what you play, you probably could really just get 1 6950 and still get good gameplay with nice FPS
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I think all you really need is 8GB of ram, but i guess with memory prices so low, its not that big of a price increase
With 2 6950 in crossfire, you better have your cpu overclocked, thats a lot of graphics horsepower paired with that processor.
Depending on what you play, you probably could really just get 1 6950 and still get good gameplay with nice FPS

^^This. 2x6950's aren't really needed with the current line-up of games. Save the cash for a future CPU/mobo upgrade thumb.gif
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go for the two HD6950s.

So what if it bottlenecks, you will still get over 100 fps on games as opposed to 60 fps with only one HD6950.

Just because an i7 2600 gets 120 fps and a phenom gets 100 fps doesnt make the bottleneck bad.
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go for the two HD6950s.
So what if it bottlenecks, you will still get over 100 fps on games as opposed to 60 fps with only one HD6950.
Just because an i7 2600 gets 120 fps and a phenom gets 100 fps doesnt make the bottleneck bad.

True, but then again who would notice the difference between 60 and 100Fps tongue.gif
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Wattage wise you'll be fine, but you really do need to OC your CPU to 4GHz, bottlenecking could cause instability. RAM is fine, but I'd suggest Corsair Vengeance RAM, as I've always used Corsair RAM and never had performance issues. Good choice on cards, if you fully overvolt them you MAY have issues, so I'd not advise it.
 
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