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It's the downside of on-chip memory controllers. The PhenomII seems to be better at running 4 sticks than my previous Regor core AthlonII was when overclocked, but it is still a factor.

I can only really reach peak clocks for this chip with 2 sticks, but if you drop back to a decent 24/7 clock, then 4 sticks will be fine.
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post #12 of 24
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its more a want than a need. I know 8gb is overkill but if I can find some cheap sticks used on ocn why not right?
Cause performance will be the same.
Unless you do heavy rendering no need for more.

Why not save that money and put it towards a SSD fund, which will really make a big difference.
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post #13 of 24
more wont hurt tho since the OS uses it for system cache and then the game is gonna take up what ever it wants up to usually 2gb at most. Hell i had 8gb of ram in my rig and the OS used all of it for cache and it works great tho if your doing alot of compressing of multiply archives at once too, especially if your using 7zip.
 
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post #14 of 24
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Cause performance will be the same.
Unless you do heavy rendering no need for more.

Why not save that money and put it towards a SSD fund, which will really make a big difference.
i like SSD fund idea. noticeable performance difference is always better than a 'wanted' increase or a bigger number in your signature.

and yes, more sticks=more load on memory controller. OCing will be more difficult with 4 sticks vs 2
    
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post #15 of 24
Mixing RAM is not "bad", and has never been.

You're just limited to the speed of the slowest stick of RAM, that's all.
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Yeah I would go for a OS boot SSD also since you will notice the performance boost vs more ram really.
 
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to everyone saying ssd can you reccomend one? I really have alot of games and am continously installing games. Due to this I was waiting for the 100+ gig ssds to come down in price. That was my next buy though
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to everyone saying ssd can you reccomend one? I really have alot of games and am continously installing games. Due to this I was waiting for the 100+ gig ssds to come down in price. That was my next buy though
A SSD isn't going to make ANY difference in gaming at all. You would need roughly a 60GB SSD, and just load your operating system and most used applications to it. Keep your games on your mechanical drive .

If you find that you have some spare space left on your SSD, and you KNOW that a game suffers really badly from the mechanical drive, then move it over to the SSD at that point.
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It depends on the game whether you'll notice any difference with an SSD. For games like CoD and the like, which don't load textures during play, then you won't. If it's something like WoW which has hundreds of textures to load every time you zone, then yes, it will make a difference.
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A SSD isn't going to make ANY difference in gaming at all. You would need roughly a 60GB SSD, and just load your operating system and most used applications to it. Keep your games on your mechanical drive .

If you find that you have some spare space left on your SSD, and you KNOW that a game suffers really badly from the mechanical drive, then move it over to the SSD at that point.
Then I dont much care for a ssd as I mainly just game on my comp and the os already runs fast enough for me to not complain.
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