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So after looking around I am very confident this is the right place to ask questions about upgrading my RAM. First off I have obviously screwed up from the start because I bought a HP and didn't build it from the ground up. I have since that time been working on upgrading all I can, and now I am onto the RAM.

The PC I have is a HP ELITE HPE 400-y

It currently has 8 gigs and the speed says ( Speed: PC3-10600 MB/sec ) Thats pretty much all the info I have on the current RAM.

The new ram i bought was 16 gigs Corsair Dominator DDR3 1333MHZ.


Is this worth the money and upgrade or is it pretty much a waste of money?


What I do: I am photographer and use photoshop and lightroom.

Any information you guys can give me would be sincerely appreciated and please refrain from stoning me if at all possible. :-)
post #2 of 5
Alright, well, for photography, 8 GB is generally plenty of ram, however, if you do feel it necessary to upgrade, I would definitely suggest these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231442

I would never buy anything from best buy, they are completely ridiculous in their pricing for the majority of their products
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Well, according to this chart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM, 10600 MB/sec is 1333 mhz ram, so your 16GB dominator DDR3 1333 Mhz should be fine speedwise as long as you go into your bios and make sure that it is running at it's rated speed (1333 Mhz). In terms of performance I'm not sure how much of an increase you'll see. 8GB is almost overkill already, 16 is definitely overkill. If you wanted a faster PC honestly the CPU has a lot more to do with it if you are doing cpu intensive tasks such as compressing photos or whatnot, and using photoshop and lightroom. It will stress your ram as well, but usually not enough to warrant buying 16gb of it.

I will second what general blanks said, buy your RAM from newegg or tigerdirect or something, best buy usually overcharges you for it. Ripjaws is a good series of ram, I just bought 8gb myself.
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Awesome guys, thanks for the replies. I will package this up and take it back into best buy today.
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In terms of performance I'm not sure how much of an increase you'll see.g.gif
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