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So I am putting together a new build with the 5820K and an Asus ROG Strix X99 mobo. I will be mostly gaming on my set up and have been leaning towards the G Skill Trident Z series. Is 32GB really necessary/beneficial? If not, then I would prefer to save money and go with 16GB.
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Get a 4 x 8GB kit. They'll hold their value better.
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Personally, I don't see the point in 4GB sticks considering the IMC on Intel CPUs doesn't clock as high with 8 DIMMs as with 4. If you ever want to upgrade it will make more sense to replace the 4x4GB setup with 4x8GB than add another 4x4GB. Better to just start with 4x8GB.
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Get a 4 x 8GB kit. They'll hold their value better.


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Personally, I don't see the point in 4GB sticks considering the IMC on Intel CPUs doesn't clock as high with 8 DIMMs as with 4. If you ever want to upgrade it will make more sense to replace the 4x4GB setup with 4x8GB than add another 4x4GB. Better to just start with 4x8GB.

Thanks for the replies guys. Yes I read that 8 sticks will stress the IMC. I have no intention of throwing in 8 sticks and am only looking at 4.
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I have a related question. My build is on an ASUS X99-Deluxe II. Like the Asus ROG Strix X99, its rated to 3333 so I bought G.Skill Trident Z [F4-3333C16Q-32GTZB]. I figured if the MOBO is rated for that, I might as well spring for RAM that is rated for 3333. I have played around with overclocking the 5820K and have gotten 4.3GHz stable but when I enable XMP and set it for 3200 I have been getting BSODs. This is with CPU and DRAM voltages set on auto or using 5-Way. I think I can get it stable if I do everything manually so I am looking for advice on CPU voltage, Strap, and DRAM voltage and timings. My question is, is my logic flawed and did I waste my $ buying a kit rated for 3333? Also, any advice on OC settings is appreciated.

As for your question, I agree that going with a 4-stick kit is the best way to go to minimize stress on the IMC. The other weird thing is with WIN10 Pro installed and idling, I have gotten low memory warnings from Windows several times. I do have a fair amount of stuff in the task bar running but when I look at my RAM utilization, it is not high at all, so I don't understand why I would ever get a low memory warning with 32GB of RAM. Any ideas?

Good luck with your build and thanks !
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