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See my current spec details belows. If I were to go from 4GB to 8GB would I really notice the diff ? Would my pc get to the desktop faster when I turn it on or would it give me more fps in gaming or maybe it would rar/zip up files faster ? I know 8GB is like the standard now. In windows experience index my memory score is 7.7 OCd'ed my 1333 to 1600 by the way. All my scores are in the mid 7 range except my for my HDD which is 5.9 which is fine. I rarely ever have more than two programs open at the same time. I don't use photoshop either or anything like that. I'm not not a huge gamer either. If I were building a new rig now yes I would get 8GB of ram but as I already have the 4GB now do you really think it's worth the expense I mean really ?

Heres a side question I was thinking of upgrading to a new Z77 board but keeping all my current components and use them on the Z77 board now if you answered NO to my above question as to if it's worth replacing my 4GB with 8GB ram would would it be worth getting 8GB ram if I get a Z77 board ? I ask this cause maybe Z77 board can actully make use of 8GB more than 4GB of ram that I'm currently using with the P67 board.

I still don't get how I'm getting a score of 7.7 in WEI with only a 4GB @1600MHz.

thanks
Edited by Subzero11 - 9/18/12 at 7:07pm
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Going from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM will not make your system boot any faster, but it will help a lot if you have many tabs open in a web browser, or if you like to alt-tab out of a game to do something else. Some games, like BF3 in multi-player mode already benefit from more than 4 GB of RAM, and the trend is for more games to start taking advantage of more than 4 GB of RAM.

The WEI score is not likely to increase when going from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM. From 2 GB to 4 GB it does, Microsoft officially acknowledges that, but over 4 GB I have my doubts. At that point what matters the most is the amount of memory operations per second.

If you don't plan on upgrading the GPU to something top of the line which are the only cards that can realistically take advantage of PCIe 3.0 in games (and even then the benefit is still not all that great, unless you buy a GTX 690 or have a multi-GPU setup), then there is no point in upgrading to a Z77 motherboard. Your motherboard already has a third-party USB 3.0 controller, so the benefit of having a built in USB 3.0 controller on the southbridge is not a game changer.

Hope that helps!

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More to the point, who cares about WEI?
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1) You only need to upgrade your RAM if you feel you need more. More isn't going to make anything faster, UNLESS you're actually filling up your 4GB currently. However, with as cheap as DDR3 is, it couldn't hurt to go to 8GB honestly. I'd shoot for the Samsung Wonder RAM (DDR3-1600 at 11-11-11-30, 1.35v, low profile sticks). They're $45 or so, and they overclock amazingly.

2) Don't upgrade your motherboard unless you're going for an Ivy Bridge chip or SLI / Crossfire (since your current board doesn't support it). No reason to spend money where its not needed, and a new motherboard won't offer you any more performance.....just more features really. Also, your current motherboard does support Ivy Bridge as is if you update the BIOS. So really, only upgrade your motherboard if you're going to go SLI / Crossfire FOR SURE in the very near future.

If it were me, I'd go for the 8GB Sammy RAM kit. Sell your current RAM and GPU, and get yourself a faster GPU like an HD7850 or HD7870.

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And yes, please ignore WEI. It's an absolute joke.
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Also remember when you buy RAM to buy it in an 8 GB matched pack either 2x4 or 4x2, I would think the 2x4 would be more preferable for Overclocking.
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1) You only need to upgrade your RAM if you feel you need more. More isn't going to make anything faster, UNLESS you're actually filling up your 4GB currently. However, with as cheap as DDR3 is, it couldn't hurt to go to 8GB honestly. I'd shoot for the Samsung Wonder RAM (DDR3-1600 at 11-11-11-30, 1.35v, low profile sticks). They're $45 or so, and they overclock amazingly.
2) Don't upgrade your motherboard unless you're going for an Ivy Bridge chip or SLI / Crossfire (since your current board doesn't support it). No reason to spend money where its not needed, and a new motherboard won't offer you any more performance.....just more features really. Also, your current motherboard does support Ivy Bridge as is if you update the BIOS. So really, only upgrade your motherboard if you're going to go SLI / Crossfire FOR SURE in the very near future.
If it were me, I'd go for the 8GB Sammy RAM kit. Sell your current RAM and GPU, and get yourself a faster GPU like an HD7850 or HD7870.
EDIT:
And yes, please ignore WEI. It's an absolute joke.


Yay I know I can get 8GB's ram for 45$ but from what your saying it's not going to make diff. I'd rather keep 45$ in my pocket. As to getting a vid card I'm going wait till the GTX 660 get to hit the stores soon. There saying that the this new card has 4 times the power as of four 9800gt's for around 200$

The reason I want a a new board is that I want one with a esata ports and a built in USB 3.0. I'm getting errors with my usb 3.0 now and using esata brackets sucks it's not hotswapable very well.
Edited by Subzero11 - 9/19/12 at 7:52am
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