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I'm upgrading my ram from 6 to 12 gigs. At current I have 6 (3x2) gigs of corsair xms3 1600 mhz ddr3 triple channel. Should I just buy a new set of 12 gigs (3x4) or just get 3 more (3x2) sticks equals 6 sticks.

Whats the best performance, 6 sticks or 3 sticks. Thanks
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I would guess 6 sticks would give you SLIGHTLY higher performance (only noticible in benchmarks). Get whatever is cheaper.
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Do you overclock? If so, you will want to go with a new kit of 3x4GB. Having all the DIMMs filled stresses the IMC and will reduce your ability to overclock as well as create more heat.
   
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

Do you overclock? If so, you will want to go with a new kit of 3x4GB. Having all the DIMMs filled stresses the IMC and will reduce your ability to overclock as well as create more heat.

Yes heavy OC'ing. Thanks
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