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Currently I have this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

on my sig rig mobo.

Came into some money, and was thinking about filling my empty slots..

What I mainly do on the computer: Starcraft 2, Metro 2033, Battlefield Bad Company2, Photoshop, Flash, Illistration, Aftereffects,(all CS5) Audacity, Sony Vegas, and of course, benchmarks.


I think I am going to get it eaither way, because I like overkill, and so I can say I have it.. But will the extra ram help me with performance? My current performance is great.. Once I got my new computer, I could do everything I asked and them some. When I first opened 2 games at once, I almost had a heart attack. Doesn't take much to impress me, BUT if it will help me render images faster etc.. im all for it.



OR should I sell my current ram and buy better 4gb ram?
Edited by Nilareon - 2/10/11 at 3:27pm
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With rendering and photoshop, yes a little bit. For gaming not really. Might want to invest in ram with better timings than more ram, however if you are a heavy multitasker (Ex: converting video in background while playing SC2) than I recommend getting the 8GB
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Yeah, I like multitasking. I do video encoding.. that plus games + music + internet pages + random **** up cause it can be up..

sounds good to me..


OR SHOUld I dumb my stock cooling for CPU and buy a hyper 212+.... (I don't overclock..)
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OR SHOUld I dumb my stock cooling for CPU and buy a hyper 212+.... (I don't overclock..)
If you don't OC, there's no point.
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Yeah, I like multitasking. I do video encoding.. that plus games + music + internet pages + random **** up cause it can be up..

sounds good to me..


OR SHOUld I dumb my stock cooling for CPU and buy a hyper 212+.... (I don't overclock..)
If you don't overclock then there's not really a reason to bother getting a better cooler. Although you would probably notice more performance increase by overclocking than you would from a RAM upgrade (in gaming as well as video/photo editing and encoding).



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With rendering and photoshop, yes a little bit. For gaming not really. Might want to invest in ram with better timings than more ram, however if you are a heavy multitasker (Ex: converting video in background while playing SC2) than I recommend getting the 8GB
A recent news article posted here showed that RAM speed and timings do not really affect real world performance noticeably.
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K thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it. Decided a gaming headset was more important atm..

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8GB will vastly improve video encoding. Did for me
After market coolers can have a point, i.e. larger fans = quieter for entire system.
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8GB will vastly improve video encoding. Did for me
After market coolers can have a point, i.e. larger fans = quieter for entire system.
That is true. If your PC is loud or bothers you at all, you could get a higher-end cooler and a quieter fan (or quieter fans for your entire system). Then the fan(s) in your system could run generally slower and give you the same temps.
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