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Okay, so I know this sounds contrary to what everyone says, but I'm actually only running on single channel 4GB 666mhz ram because Gskill is seemingly never going to return my kit (RMA), its been a week and a half and i'm tired of waiting so I will buy some new ram.

For my FX-8320 what is the recommended ram, my MB can take a up to what ever speed, but will underclock it to 2,000Mhz if it is over 2,000mhz, but with AMD do I need to go that high or get some high quality 1600mhz and lower the timings dramatically?

G.Skill RMA is very good, but it is slow sometimes because they lifetime warranty most of their memory so I'm sure they deal with tons of RMA. You'll get your kit back... They had my old kit for a while but I expected it and bought a new kit prior to even RMAing it to avoid any downtime.
post #32 of 34
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Okay, so I know this sounds contrary to what everyone says, but I'm actually only running on single channel 4GB 666mhz ram because Gskill is seemingly never going to return my kit (RMA), its been a week and a half and i'm tired of waiting so I will buy some new ram.

For my FX-8320 what is the recommended ram, my MB can take a up to what ever speed, but will underclock it to 2,000Mhz if it is over 2,000mhz, but with AMD do I need to go that high or get some high quality 1600mhz and lower the timings dramatically?

Haha ... weird thread mate. You've had a lot of people who have not read and considered your OP and statements replaying regardless. Apologies on their behalf.

Good choice staying with the 7870. You said it yourself - you're perfectly pleased with it, and it's a great card. That's all that needs to be said. Get a next gen card when they're past the first price-drop.

Don't crossfire with your mobo (as stated). Don't stress on your PSU - it's fine. It's not the best, but it will handle your rig with a single mid/high range GPU. Stay away from GPU's that cost more than 4 bills and you'll be fine.

RAM. Seriously, get some dual-channel stuff!!! haha ... for the new FX CPU's, higher frequency matters nowadays. In the Phenom days, you would shoot for lowered timings, but now, I would aim for 1866 CL9 or 2133 and CL10 better. 8gb will do fine. I'm no RAM expert, so can't recommend specific chips.

SSD - definitely get one. Use "Sean's SSD Windows Install" thread on here to customize your install for SSD's. It's a great upgrade for snappy O/S. Get at least a 120gb drive. The Samsung 840 "vanilla" is supreme value at the moment, providing almost the same read speeds as the Pro version which apparently kicks ass. All I know is that every SSD I've used from cheap to expensive have all felt wonderfully fast and made a significant improvement to my PC experience.

If it were me, I would get a decent RAM kit, a 120gb SSD for OS, and pocket the other $100 for something else.
Edited by willibj - 7/6/13 at 9:41am
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So if I wanted to just buy new ram anyway, end up selling my old ram, what should I look into? I will sell my old ram so it won't cost me but proabbly $20 for new ram

Post above me is the best reply I have seen in ages. ^ those two sentences posted were right as he hit submit and I did he already answered. Thanks man!
Edited by TheOCNoob - 7/6/13 at 9:44am
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So if I wanted to just buy new ram anyway, end up selling my old ram, what should I look into? I will sell my old ram so it won't cost me but proabbly $20 for new ram

Post above me is the best reply I have seen in ages. ^ those two sentences posted were right as he hit submit and I did he already answered. Thanks man!

Thanks to you for the kind words, and you're welcome for the little help I can provide.

I can't comment on compatibility (though it shouldn't be a problem), so I suggest googling your MB and whatever RAM you choose first. Perhaps someone else on here can comment on the quality too? The first Ripjaws at 2400mhz seem like a great deal, and should get some low timings when clocked lower - best of both worlds!

GSkill Ripjaw Z 2400mhz CL10 - $79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231585&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Gskill Sniper 1866 CL9 - $71
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=59977&vpn=F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR&manufacture=G%2ESkill

and for the SSD

Samsung 840 "vanilla" 120gb - $97
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=77210&vpn=MZ-7TD120BW&manufacture=Samsung%20Memory%20%26%20Storage&promoid=1213

You should have some fun with an SSD and some new RAM. Also, don't listen to the haters ... overclocking your RAM *IS* worth it. It's been shown to stabilize/improve minimum frame rates (which are really the most important point) and it certainly helps with Windows "snappiness". I've made noticable increases to old AMD rig performance by focusing on a RAM and NB overclock. Occasionally you'll get a demonstrable gain from RAM overclocking, but I'm convinced that you can "feel" it across the board.

And the SSD + RAM option leaves you with a nice amount of cash still in your pocket for whatever takes your fancy ... sex, drugs, rock'n'roll shows ... mechanical keyboards. Whatever floats your boat wink.gif
Edited by willibj - 7/6/13 at 10:20am
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