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Came back from Microcenter, after pulling the trigger on a P9X79 Pro. The board will be holding together my home workstation for 3D Modeling / ArchViz / CAD etc, and (ofc) the occasional game.

Even when working with complicated models, 16GB of Ram is rarely an issue, unless you have hospital size projects with full detail open in Revit while working on the same kind of complicated stuff @ 3DS simultaneously. Trying to say that 32GB are very rarely required, but would be a nice to have as I do multitask with multiple RAM shavy apps.

I was planning on a Z77 system originally, so to have some expandability + compatibility with the Thermalright SA that will be cooling down my CPU, I would be using G.Skill Ares 8GB 1866 sticks to keep my 32GB options open.

Now that board I went with has 8 dimm slots, would it make sense to go for Samsung 30nm sticks? I am less concerned about ever needing more than 32GB, but I have read quite a few complains about 8 dimm stability / compatibility etc, so I feel like the 4x 8GB sticks will be still a “safer bet”, despite the probably much worse overclocability of the G.Skill Ares 1866 kits. Going 2133 with the latter would be great.

I know the Samsung 30nm 4GB can do more - probably with less Volts than the GSkill too - but is the P9X79 Pro up to the task to do it stable pushing 8x of those?

If not, ,then would the Ares still be a cool (and relatively budget) way to pursue 8GB stick configs?

Thanks for your time
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Crucial M550 256GB Dell Windows 7 Professional Dell U2412M 
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Dell U2412M Dell KB-212-B Dell 850W 80+ Gold T5810 
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