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What is the best RAM for me?

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Hello,
My name is Joseph and currently deployed but almost home so im planning for parts and upgrades for a computer I purchased before i left. I will list the parts to the fullest of my knowledge which I spent a total of 500 dollars just to help a friend out so I didn't really understand the parts but knew I always wanted a Desktop that could actually play games well....

For this thread: Memory is my topic

current motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX

CPU: AMD FX-8120 bulldozer 8core

RAM: currently installed is, CORSAIR VENGEANCE 8GB 2x4 version 8.16 600 mhz 1600c9b cmz8gx3m2a1600c9b

So my question would be I would like to upgrade this? to max out the motherboard and what i found out is that the motherboard can handle up to 32 GB.

Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported 32GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel

What is the best type? like 1866? 1600? and when i look online for them they also have numbers with them like (PC3 12800) or (PC3 10600) what does that mean?
    
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post #2 of 9
You're probably fine with 8gb. What do you need 32gb for? It won't increase your system performance if that's what you're thinking, you'll actually put much more of a strain on your cpu.
post #3 of 9
8gb is definitely good enough for a while longer but it does depend on what you plan on using the PC for. Gaming? Then stick to what you have. What you have is more than enough. thumb.gif
post #4 of 9
Stay with the Vengeance kit you got. It's enough for gaming and you really only need 16GB if you are video editing or something similar. 32GB is just a overkill for any dayli use.
    
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8GB's of memory is definently enough to game on. I wouldn't really upgrade to 16GB's unless you really felt the need to.
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Oh perfect! thanks that will save me money smile.gif I just wasn't sure, I guess since i have always done any gaming , on my laptop i bought several years ago which just sucks period. acer aspire 6920G and bought this computer before I left, and never got a chance to use it really I just know 300 gb HD with 5600 RPM is slowing me down.... I really appreciate the information regarding my 8gb of ram
    
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post #7 of 9
8 GBs of any speed DDR3... whatever you find a good deal on. Voltage would be a bigger concern than speed look for a kit that is 1.5v or less (most of them now).

Edit: The ram you have is great. Speed doesn't really matter for a gaming rig. Graphics card should be your main concern.
Edited by Accuracy158 - 5/27/13 at 12:28am
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post #8 of 9
If you do not already have one, get a SSD for significantly better performance.

DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 is the effective RAM frequency.

12800, 14900, and so forth is the MT/s that corresponds to each frequency

Cheers
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Quote:
Originally Posted by timisyourfriend View Post

If you do not already have one, get a SSD for significantly better performance.

DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 is the effective RAM frequency.

12800, 14900, and so forth is the MT/s that corresponds to each frequency

Cheers

Thanks Tim,

For the little bit of info regarding the numbering behind RAM.
    
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AMD FX-8120 ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX RADEON 6750 corsair vengence 2x4 8gb 1600 
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300 gb 5600 rpm none corsair h60 windows 7 
PowerCase
corsair GS700 Corsair T600 
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