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Hey all, been out of the computer world for a little bit, it is addicting. Last time I was on here DDR3 had just come out, so I am a little rusty.

I just got http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314119&Tpk=acer%20v5%20552g this laptop. It currently has 4gb of ram. I would like to purchase another stick to pair with it. It only has one open slot and the current stick is soldered onto the board from what I have read. So my question is, should I buy an 8gb stick and pair them for 12gb, or buy another 4gb stick and run 8gb in Dual Channel.
I use this laptop (so far) for engineering/design programs such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks. I will inevitably try to play some games in the future, but only rarely.
So which setup would yield the best rewards in performance, and what are some good sticks you would recommend.


(I also plan on getting a 120gb SSD soon too in case you want to send a link of a good one. I was looking at the Kingston SSDNow V300-series)
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Get as much RAM as you need, dual channel doesn't really make that big of a performance difference.

Here's a great SSD.
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Get as much RAM as you need, dual channel doesn't really make that big of a performance difference.

Here's a great SSD.

So there wouldn't be a noticeable difference in dual channel vs single speed?

Ok so that SSD has lower sustained read and write speeds than the Kingston one I was looking at. Are there any technical benefits to that one over the Kingston?
Also I have had 3 external DVD drives from samsung that all failed within a month. Are their SSD's known for reliability?
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Like all things, it depends on the application, but the Samsung drive is generally faster. And yes, Samsung makes very reliable SSDs.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/966?vs=758
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Like all things, it depends on the application, but the Samsung drive is generally faster. And yes, Samsung makes very reliable SSDs.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/966?vs=758
I have to agree about Samsung SSDs. They are one of the best for reliable. I have 2 Samsung 830 and I love them.
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