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hey everyone! am going to buy an asus m5a97 r2.0 with an amd fx 8320 but i dont know what memory to choose for it between these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057Q4ADU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TTEHUY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER am not going to make an extreme oc and i need to save as money as possible so i guess 1x8gb is the way to go but i dont know if this is compatible.
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Always do pairs, it's faster (Dual-Channel). So get 2x4.
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As mentioned, you will want to do memory in pairs. Dual-channel will help boost most functions you will do with a computer.

Edit: Let me mention that you won't really need more than 8GB of RAM, so it would be a waste to get 1x8GB now and another later on.
    
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ok but how much faster is dual vs single chanel?
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ok but how much faster is dual vs single chanel?

Just in boot-up alone, it almost reduces the time to boot up in half. What do you expect to do with your computer? If it's just browsing, casual stuff or even light gaming, then you could probably get by with single channel.

However, if you're planning to do intensive gaming or other applications that put a lot of stress on your computer, then you'll notice that things may load slower, especially if you're just using a regular magnetic hard drive. If you use an SSD, you may not notice the speed differences very well (I once had a stick of RAM come out of the slot and I didn't even notice it until I was gaming and I was maxing out my single 4GB stick.)
    
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browsing, movies, music, gaming...casual stuff and i use a hdd maybe an ssd but later firts i have to upgrade my video card so i guess dual is the way to go and is not a huge difference in price. and as you said 16gb is a waste i dont think am going to buy another 8gb so definilety 8gb in dual is better thank
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The bandwidth doubles when you use dual-channel compared to single-channel thumb.gif
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To expand on this, how about 4x4 in quad channel? Or quad channel in general... same benefit in expanded bandwidth?
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i can expand to 16gb (4x4) but amd does not support quad channel just dual
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To expand on this, how about 4x4 in quad channel? Or quad channel in general... same benefit in expanded bandwidth?

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i can expand to 16gb (4x4) but amd does not support quad channel just dual

Using 4 RAM sticks will just mean 2 pairs in dual-channel.

Quad channel is for the Intel X79 platform and most people who buy that aren't looking at budget. tongue.gif
    
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