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I have 8GB of Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 1600mhz CAS-9 right now and am thinking of either adding another 8GB or getting a 16GB kit. I really couldn't find much info on the RAM before I bought it and just went ahead and bought it anyways. Is the ram I have now decent? should I think about going with the same brand but CAS-7? with 2 8GB kits? . Just looking for whatever info yall can share. really the upgrade is for increased performance(gaming) and to help with video encoding.
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have you tried tighter timings on the ram you have?
or overclocking it?
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I have 8GB of Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 1600mhz CAS-9 right now and am thinking of either adding another 8GB or getting a 16GB kit. I really couldn't find much info on the RAM before I bought it and just went ahead and bought it anyways. Is the ram I have now decent? should I think about going with the same brand but CAS-7? with 2 8GB kits? . Just looking for whatever info yall can share. really the upgrade is for increased performance(gaming) and to help with video encoding.

You wouldn't benefit from getting more RAM. You probably don't use that much at the moment anyway, and adding more wouldn't help or getting faster ram either. Your system really isn't high end enough to worry about getting expensive ram.

Just save your money and use it on your next upgrade. Or you could buy a pimp mouse.
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sadly I have no clue as to how to do this. have any tips or a link to a RAM overclock guide?
Edited by Selquist979 - 2/19/12 at 6:09pm
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You wouldn't benefit from getting more RAM. You probably don't use that much at the moment anyway, and adding more wouldn't help or getting faster ram either. Your system really isn't high end enough to worry about getting expensive ram.
Just save your money and use it on your next upgrade. Or you could buy a pimp mouse.

Yeah I kinda thought about that after I posted. already have about 800 put away for an Ivy Bridge machine.
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Not worth it on Sandy Bridge.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/5
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/6

As for capacity, unless you have a lot of applications open at the same time, 16GB or more is not worth it either.
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Not worth it on Sandy Bridge.

Not worth it on any platform. The only reason you would want lower timings and faster speed is because it gives you more options when overclocking your CPU. It's never yielded any real performance boosts (aside from lower Super PI times)
    
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Question. More RAM would not help his video encoding? Check with these folks over here about RAM and video encoding.

POTN

Fred Miranda

From my readings, you need a god amount of RAM for video editing. It seems that 8 is good, but I guess it depends on the type of video editing you will do.

Why lots of RAM is important

Here's and excerpt from an article on choosing the right system for video editing.

General system recommendations (Jan 2012):
If you are starting from scratch, follow our DIY8 budget or Sandy-Bridge system shopping list: Intel Core i7 processor, 8+ GBs of RAM, a 500+GB SATA drive and a 1GB nVidia based graphics card with at least 196 CUDA cores. Add in a 1TB SATA drive for your storage - even better, set up a 4TB RAID 0 striped set (2x2000GB).

Memory Recommendations
You need Minimum 2GB of RAM just to run Windows XP efficiently, 4GB for Win 7 or Vista 64. For today's video editing software you want to be running Win7 or Vista 64-bit with at least 6GB of RAM, 8GB is better and for best results we recommend 12GB! Memory is still very cheap, and this is a great performance booster.

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