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post #1 of 9
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Building a new rig next week.
Asus Crosshair IV Formula
Phenom II X4 955 BE

I was looking at getting 2x2gb of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
I have a little left over in my budget so I was wondering if I should get more RAM, or faster RAM? (8GB DDR3 1600 vs 4GB DDR3 of something faster.)

The processor will be OC to max on a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ with 2x120mm fans push/pull. The OS will be Win7 Ultimate. And I would like to run the RAM in unganged mode.
I primarily use my rig for medium to heavy gaming with titles like Battlefield BC2 and Fallout New Vegas, Video encoding, and Photochop CS2.

Any and all advice is much appreciated.
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post #2 of 9
The more sticks of ram you install the more difficult it will be to overclock.
I rarely suggest people go with 8gb+, however, if you do video encoding and photoshop, then you are the exception.
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Originally Posted by hoth17 View Post
The more sticks of ram you install the more difficult it will be to overclock.
I rarely suggest people go with 8gb+, however, if you do video encoding and photoshop, then you are the exception.
Actually i was either going to go with 2x2GB DDR3 1866 or 2x4GB DRR3 1600.
And I game more than I encode or Photoshop.
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post #4 of 9
I'd get a 2x4b set



Its pretty awesome and inexpensive now.
post #5 of 9
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rade,2778.html
About more ram, skip to the 64 bit section.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...1156,2482.html
Diff cpu, but speed testing nonetheless.
post #6 of 9
You're fine with DDR3-1600
There is no DDR3-1866 kit out there that is worth it, since most 1866 kits come with 9-9-9 timings. 1866 9-9-9 would be easily beat out by a 1600 CL6-7 kit.

Lower timings is better for gaming on most platforms, even on those that are not AMD.
post #7 of 9
It all depends on how you use your computer. I use to have 4gb and I was fine, but I wanted more ram to open it up. I now never have to worry about ram usage, before with 4gb i could load it up completely and run out of ram.

I also slightly disagree with the statement that the more ram sticks the hardware it is to overclock. If you have a good motherboard and PSU, it should handle it just fine.
I went from 2 sticks to 4 sticks on my DFI board, and it didn't effect my overclock at all.

If you are a heavy user, then get more ram, but if you just do light stuff, get less with higher speed. But i would recommend at least 8gb. It is becoming the standard for high end systems.
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Awesome! I hit refresh and have 3 answers.
So I guess I'll be getting 2X4gb DDR3 1600.
(Unless someone can tell me why 2x2GB DDR3 1600 would be better?)

Thanks everyone for helping make this as painless as possible.

/edit: Well I'll be coming from 2x1GB DDR2 800 so anything is a plus. Sorry thrasherht didn't see that post. Thanks again everyone. Very much appreciated.
Edited by adamxatomic - 1/30/11 at 11:21am
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post #9 of 9
You'll be fine with 4GB. The less ram you have the easier you can overclock, but I doubt you'll have any problems overclock with 4 or 8GBs. More ram never hurt anyone. If you can afford the 8GB get it, you'll be happy either way.
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