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This thread (and this argument) is annoying. Say you're going to go to the gas station before you go to work.. do you put in 2$ cause that's all it takes to get to work? Or do you put as much in as you can just in case? Same concept.

Maybe they stream while they game? There's a lot more to gaming than just playing the game.
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I would rather spend more to have 8GB of RAM with tighter timing and higher frequency rather than a generic 1600MHZ/9-9-9-24 16gb kit.
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Thing is, Ripjaws X is hardly generic.
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Originally Posted by csm725 View Post

Thing is, Ripjaws X is hardly generic.

Not talking about make at all.

I am talking about freq mainly, most cheep ram kits are 1600Mhz. (You could also argue 1333Mhz is the most generic as most pre builts use it, but you mostly see people using 1600mhz kits that built there own computer).
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i have 4GB, system uses around 1.5GB with Origin and just the Battlelog tab in chrome open. I run it at 1080p with everything high but textures on Ultra. Runs fine but occasional stuttering due to ram being maxed out. When I close the game the ram in Task Manager is at the top maxed out in a straight line
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobicon View Post

Not talking about make at all.
I am talking about freq mainly, most cheep ram kits are 1600Mhz. (You could also argue 1333Mhz is the most generic as most pre builts use it, but you mostly see people using 1600mhz kits that built there own computer).

And you can tell the difference in performance between those timings can you?
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Well, I have 12 gigs in mine (2x2 and 4x2).
Why, well, I had the 2x2, then I got some 4x2 (identical to the 2x2) for the same price as the 2x2. Planned on using the 2x2 in another build, but it ended up not happening (yet) so I figured I would use it in my sig rig for a while.
Once I do the build I plan on, I will go back to 4x2.
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I find this thread *somewhat* funny. I remember going with a 4GB DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12 RAM kit in 2007, and everyone thought it was overkill. My rig, upgraded from a dual to a quad was still running fine on 4GB in 2010, and I only got another 2GB stick because the one was acting funny (it wasn't all the way in the slot when I switched motherboards, go figure). Now 4GB seems slightly too low, and 6GB was a good upgrade. Going with 8GB (already purchased) on my IB rig in April, and I'm hoping this will be enough until DDR4 comes out and it's time to do a new rig. But anyways 16GB is probably barely enough for some, and IMO it's better than wasting money for some RAM timings or slightly more memory bandwidth. That extra ~$50-100 for a high-end RAM kit would be much better going towards a graphics card, some nice case fans, a better heatsink, and/or more often upgrades for me. If it's some sort of bleeding-edge HWBot rig, fast RAM is worth it.
 
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They way I see it the only reason a "Gaming" rig would need to have 16 gigs of RAM. At this time 8-12 is total overkill. If your doing streaming, or your PC acts as a server or something like that more ram would make sense. But for gaming its there is nothing to gain past 8-12. 6 should even be more than enough. However RAM is stupid cheap...And if you go with a company like G.skill your going to have that kit for a very very long time(life time warranty). and for gaming timings and freq don't matter for squat. 2-5 FPS MAX between the lowest of low kits and the highest of high kits. So a set of g.Skill 16 gig 1600 CAS 9 would be a decent investment. You could keep it around for a while, and use it to built home servers from used parts and stuff.

The only reason I can think of to NOT go with that much RAM is for a Denab based Phenom build. Weak internal memory controller, so much RAM will limit the OC of the chip.
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The point is RAM is all about how much you have and how distributed it is between slots. Example: you have 8 gigs of 1600mhz ram over 4 slots. This works out to be 2gb per 1 slot (duh). The thing is, as long as the ram stays 1600mhz, it becomes more efficient to have 1gb of ram per 1 slot times 8 to give higher read write speeds depending on your motherboard.
In conclusion, if you have double that size for the same 1600mhz rw speed, the space becomes 4gb per 1 slot. That is why 16gb of ram could be considered useless.
    
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