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QUESTION of the Noobie: It's safe to buy 16Gb ram NOW and 16Gb more later next year?

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Currently have not computer, but since my future motherboard (Z87 or X79) are able to support till 32Gb or 64Gb respectively, i was wondering if i can, for example, buy 16Gb (2X8Gb) Today then later next year buy 16 Gb more to make a total of 32Gb, OF COURSE, taking care to buy exactly the same number partl. Is that safe to do or is risky to do?, resulting in bad sincronization or error to post?

Also, if i don't find exactly the same number part could i buy a similar one alteast the same model, frecuency, latency and brand?

Another question

In a Z87 Mobo like Asus Sabertooth, What is best to get:

2 x 8Gb = 16Gb

4 x 4Gb = 16Gb

and Why. I want to overclock the 4770K if it's possible.
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There's no problem. You don't even need to buy same brand, just make sure it's same size and speed. If you get 2x 8GB DDR3 1600, get another 2x 8GB DDR3 1600 when you want to add more.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

There's no problem. You don't even need to buy same brand, just make sure it's same size and speed. If you get 2x 8GB DDR3 1600, get another 2x 8GB DDR3 1600 when you want to add more.
Thank you Crazy for fast response, and what do you think about the other question:

2 x 8Gb = 16Gb

4 x 4Gb = 16Gb

What is best or safe to buy?

Edit: I forget to include in the last question; " If i wish to stay with 16Gb forever".
Edited by Sujeto 1 - 9/4/13 at 11:08pm
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X79 platform supports Quad Channel RAM. If you want the best performance, add memory 4 DIMMS at a time. So in this case, 4x4GB.

Don't mix and match memory if you intend on going X79. Get 4 identical DIMMS, same brand, same speed, same timings. Yes, you might be able to get by with mixing memory from different suppliers, but I wouldn't chance it - you don't built a X79 platform machine to go cheap on the parts. If cost is a top concern, you should be looking at a Z87/Haswell instead.

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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

X79 platform supports Quad Channel RAM. If you want the best performance, add memory 4 DIMMS at a time. So in this case, 4x4GB.

Don't mix and match memory if you intend on going X79. Get 4 identical DIMMS, same brand, same speed, same timings. Yes, you might be able to get by with mixing memory from different suppliers, but I wouldn't chance it - you don't built a X79 platform machine to go cheap on the parts. If cost is a top concern, you should be looking at a Z87/Haswell instead.

Greg

Greg however i have been reading in some posts that actually is hard for CPU manage 4 modules than 2 modules, make harder to Overclock and hurt 1-3 Fps from Video Games. Is that truth? I don't know if this happen to all CPU's or just in 4770K.
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

X79 platform supports Quad Channel RAM. If you want the best performance, add memory 4 DIMMS at a time. So in this case, 4x4GB.

Don't mix and match memory if you intend on going X79. Get 4 identical DIMMS, same brand, same speed, same timings. Yes, you might be able to get by with mixing memory from different suppliers, but I wouldn't chance it - you don't built a X79 platform machine to go cheap on the parts. If cost is a top concern, you should be looking at a Z87/Haswell instead.

Greg

You are chancing nothing by getting memory from different suppliers. The advantage of a full kit is that all the memory modules will probably overclock similarly. That's it.

As for what kit to buy, if you get a 4x4 kit, you will have to buy all new memory to upgrade later if your motherboard only has 4 slots.
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You are chancing nothing by getting memory from different suppliers. The advantage of a full kit is that all the memory modules will probably overclock similarly. That's it.

As for what kit to buy, if you get a 4x4 kit, you will have to buy all new memory to upgrade later if your motherboard only has 4 slots.

I see, last question, really need to be sure, is 16Gb good enough for play the most demanding games this year and next one? of should i just grab the 32 Gb and call it a day?
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I have 16GB, I have NEVER came close to using even half of it, no matter how many mods I install.

16GB is seeming to be the preferred default amount these days; 4GB just doesn't cut it anymore. 8 is perfectly acceptable.

And regarding X79/Z77/Z87. X79 supports and recommends using four identical sticks; yes, it may harm overclocking by a tiny margin, but you will be fulfilling the platforms duties. For Sandy/Ivy/Haswell, just go with a 2x4 kit. Loading up all four slots may hinder you more if your chip more if it's specific batch doesn't handle memory channels as well as someone else's.

I have no idea what I'm saying lol.

16 now will last you for a very long time. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Sujeto 1 View Post

I see, last question, really need to be sure, is 16Gb good enough for play the most demanding games this year and next one? of should i just grab the 32 Gb and call it a day?
8GB is plenty for a gaming build. Most games use less than 1GB of system memory.

16GB is overkill, although you could make a RAM disk with it. 32GB is completely unnecessary for gaming.
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Rigth, Ok well let's just grab 2X8Gb along with a Z87. I hope this last me several years before need to upgrade anything. I0m putting most of the budget on 2 x GTX 780, since my main Target is to Max Out Metro 2033 and Last Ligth on 2550X 1440 Monitor. Thank you guys.
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