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How much ram do you need?

I have 4gb and gonna upgrade with another set of what i have to 8 (4x2gb) but the new ram being sold are 4 or 8gb per stick so whats the acceptable amount that you would put in if i were building a new rig from scratch, with these new sticks it would be 16 to 32 You dont need that much right? It isnt worth me getting these new sticks and getting rid of my current ones is it? Im just being conscious of future proofing
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It all depends on what you are using your computer for. If its just a gaming rig, then 8gb is perfect but if you do video editing/rendering, then 32gb is probably a good decision. It never hurts to have too much ram though so get as much as you can in your budget
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It all depends on what you are using your computer for. If its just a gaming rig, then 8gb is perfect but if you do video editing/rendering, then 32gb is probably a good decision. It never hurts to have too much ram though so get as much as you can in your budget

this^^ 16GB would be a nice place to start (2 x 8GB) sticks and if its too much for your current usage you can even make a nice RAMdisk.
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I find that 8gb is enough for me. 2 4gb sticks.
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How much ram do you need?

I have 4gb and gonna upgrade with another set of what i have to 8 (4x2gb) but the new ram being sold are 4 or 8gb per stick so whats the acceptable amount that you would put in if i were building a new rig from scratch, with these new sticks it would be 16 to 32 You don't need that much right? It isn't worth me getting these new sticks and getting rid of my current ones is it? I'm just being conscious of future proofing

Can you list the model number of your motherboard and memory sticks?

Unless you have a really good reason for needing more then 8GB of memory (and I really doubt you do), having 8GB total in your computer should be more then enough.
Using just 2 memory sticks (instead of 4) is a little more stable and also is better for overclocking.

So I would say buy two new 4GB sticks and sell off your current 2X2GB sticks.
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Just click on the link of my specs, its all there.

I think ill get 2 4gb sticks cos apparently its compatible
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Just click on the link of my specs, its all there.

I think ill get 2 4gb sticks cos apparently its compatible

Nice memory, I was using the exact same in my system up unless about 4 days ago.
With my 880G motherboard, If I used all 4 stick, I could not get it past 1333Mhz, so I ended up use using 2 sticks at 1600Mhz.
(my 880G is older then yours and they stopped making bios updates for it in 2010).
Looks like the latest bios update for your board is only 5 months old.

I just installed these $60 Corsair DDR3 2X4GB (2133) in my new (970) motherboard, works fine at 1866Mhz with 9-9-9-24 timings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233276
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hmm i checked to see which bios i had and it said 2303 updated late 2010 but the latest is 2301 a few months ago. im confused:thinking:
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Personally, I like 16-32GB of 2133-2400 (9-11-10-27, 9-10-9-26, etc) for general purpose use, as I am an "ADD Multitasker" so I typicallyhhave Firefox open with 90-150 tabs, Foobar2000, 2-6 Calculator instances, 1-3 WordPad and/or Notepad instances, a few Explorer windows, and maybe a few Photo Gallery, Paint.Net, LAME, EZ-CD, uTorrent, and/or one or more audio editing programs. (I really need to get a 27" 1440p display as my primary monitor, and use my Dell P2212Hb's in Portrait).

When it comes to benchmarking, I usually stick with 4-8GB as it is less stressful on the IMC and therefore allows for higher clocks with less voltage. For example, the same G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 2133 9-11-10-27 16GB kit that I use for my day-to-day needs (RIVE + 3930K) at 2360 9-10-9-26 1.685v, which is the most I cando wwith reasonable voltage, is one of my favorite benchmarking kits. Taking two of the four DIMMs and sticking them in a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 with a 3770K, watercooled, and sticking the whole system outside in the winter air, and I am able to run DDR3-2760 10-14-12-32 1.785v,and 2880 11-14-12-34 1.815v. This is with the processor running at 5.3Ghz to eliminate it as a bottleneck to the memory.
I also have some 2x2GB kits (alongside my 2x4GB and 4x4GB) that are able to run stupidly tight timings at very high speeds, such as 2200 9-9-9-24, but while they are great for benchmarks, they are not enough for actual usage for me.

If you are concerned about both speed and capacity, I would recommend that you get a solid 4x4GB kit, something like 1866 9-9-9-24 or 2133 9-11-10-27, and run all 4 DIMMs at the highest speed you can manage for daily use (likely around 1700) and keep the timings as tight as possible (7-8-7-21 should be doable). Then, when you need to push the memory to the absolute max, simply remove 2 of the sticks, and commence benchmarking.

As inexpensive as DDR3 has become, I always recommend getting the most you can so long as you don't sacrifice quality for quantity. It's getting harder and harder to find kits that are aimed more towards AMD's "lower speeds but tighter timings" preference, with most kits now pushing the speeds towards DDR3-3000 due to Ivy Bridge's incredible IMC. I would snag the good kits before they completely disappear.
   
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