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I'm in the process of piecing together my next rig. I have the option of getting a GTX 570 and 4GB RAM, or an HD6950 (unlockable Sapphire) and 8GB RAM. Both options are roughly the same price. This will be going in an Intel build with an i5 2500k and an Asus P8P67 PRO, so SLI and Crossfire are both options down the road, although both are unlikely too (don't need that much GPU for the games I play at the moment, and likely won't in the future since I run a single 1920x1080 LCD).

My biggest hangup is that I don't know how much performance increase I'd see from going to 8GB RAM (if any). 4GB has been plenty for me in the past, but I'm not sure if newer games will benefit from the extra capacity. This is first and foremost a gaming rig. I'll be doing homework on it as well, but nothing too demanding. I don't edit movies/music/photos often, and when I do it is basic stuff.

So...8GB and a slightly slower GPU, or 4GB and a slightly faster GPU?
 
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you won't so much see a difference in the games with 8gb of ram, but you will notice you can do more on your computer and it won't slow down.
On a plus side, with 8gb of ram you can turn off the page file which increases overall perforamance of your computer.

Personally I would go with the 6950, and unlock it, with 8gb of ram, over the 570 and only 4gb of ram.

I recently upgraded my desktop to 8gb and I love it, I don't ever run out of ram, or have to worry about having to many programs open.
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Any other input?
 
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for unlocking the 6950, note that you should not use a 6970 bios but a modded 6950 bios that will just raise the shaders, also supposedly theres a revision coming out on the 6950 which will make unlocking impossible because it'll then be a "true" 6950, not a locked 6970
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by daltontechnogeek;12084824 
for unlocking the 6950, note that you should not use a 6970 bios but a modded 6950 bios that will just raise the shaders, also supposedly theres a revision coming out on the 6950 which will make unlocking impossible because it'll then be a "true" 6950, not a locked 6970

I've heard both ways about the 6970 BIOS, so I'll probably dig around for hard proof one way or the other before modding. I'll also be ordering fairly quickly (next week or 2), and I'll make sure it is the "nerfed 6970" instead of a new revision 6950. Both, of course, depend on my decision.

Something I forgot to mention earlier is that I used to be an almost full time folder, but quit when I realized my rig was burning too much power for the output I got with a 4870. If I go with Nvidia, I'll more than likely get back into folding. If I go ATI, I'll try it again, but I doubt the performance will be improved enough to justify the electric bill.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thrasherht;12047075 
On a plus side, with 8gb of ram you can turn off the page file which increases overall perforamance of your computer.

I don't mean to Hijack the OP's thread but can I turn off the page file with only 2gb of RAM? I read a FAQ here that says it's okay to disable it if you have 1gb or more.
    
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