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So I'm currently running 8GB of RAM, and since RAM's cheap enough I was going to get 16GB. But I wanna know if I will be running anything different with the increased RAM....

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It depends on how much memory you need.  I mean, let's take me for example:  I never exceed about ~2 GB of usage, so I should actually have purchased a 4 GB kit.  I mean, if I were to switch to 16 GB, then it wouldn't do me any good and I would feel that I just wasted my money.

 

So, if you're already needing 6-7 GB or more, then you should notice a difference.  If you're only using like 2-4 GB, then I think you wouldn't feel any difference at all.

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It really depends on what you are doing. If you are not really doing much of anything other than gaming and whatnot, then 8GB is overkill. If you start doing anything that is RAM intensive like video editing, photoshop, VMs, etc, then I would see 16GB being something that is worth some thought.

The only reason why I have 16GB is the occasional VMs I run for testing of different environments.
 
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if your solely gaming/internet/regular computer usage you will get 0% advantage between 8GB vs 16GB

if you are a big time video rendering/graphic designer/photoshop type of user you will get good increase in performance from 8GB vs 16GB.

Your better off saving 35-40 buxs and go buy yourself a nice meal =)
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Haha, last comment was classic! XD

Also, I want to start Live Streaming, should RAM Help out there? And I do, do some editing in Sony Vegas.
 
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Haha, last comment was classic! XD

Also, I want to start Live Streaming, should RAM Help out there? And I do, do some editing in Sony Vegas.

What I would do is see how things are with 8GB as it is. If you notice that you are using up your RAM during editing in sony vegas (which is more CPU heavy to begin with), then go with 16, otherwise, stay with 8.


For streaming, you don't need even 8GB to do that. For streaming you need fast network speeds and a processor to keep up.
 
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Past 8GB of RAM users of consumer software (games, MS office, streaming, etc) will generally not see significant performance gains. If you're running high end design apps, dong a lot of virtualization, or compiling very large bits of software regularly then 16+ becomes reasonable. Given that your rig has only a dual channel memory controller, I would strongly advise sticking with a single two stick kit. If you're not consuming anything approaching say 4-6GB of usage when under full load then stick with 8GB.

Remember this: running 4 DIMMs on a dual channel controller will reduce memory throughput (as it can only actually read two DIMMs per cycle). If adding memory capacity keeps your OS from having to write to your relatively slow SSD or HDD swap/paging file then it is worth slight reduction in memory throughput. If you aren't using enough RAM to justify that trade-off, then you are actually harming memory performance needlessly.

Use the cash to start saving for a better GPU, or a Haswell rig.

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For streaming, you don't need even 8GB to do that. For streaming you need fast network speeds and a processor to keep up.

For streaming that Realtec LAN chip isn't going to be doing you any favors if your CPU is under heavy utilization. A $30 Intel NIC would be a much more sensible upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033
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