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I was wondering whether 8GB is much of an upgrade over 4GB. I mainly use my comp for gaming and internet, and some light3d modeling and coding. I usually don't multitask, ei. watching youtube, while gaming. Also is it worth the upgrade, as I would have to buy a new operating system (I use windows 7 32 bit (oem)).
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Originally Posted by D-Quong View Post
I was wondering whether 8GB is much of an upgrade over 4GB. I mainly use my comp for gaming and internet, and some light3d modeling and coding. I usually don't multitask, ei. watching youtube, while gaming. Also is it worth the upgrade, as I would have to buy a new operating system (I use windows 7 32 bit (oem)).
4GB is plenty! Take a look here. Translated from Norwegian to English via Google Translater
    
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For gaming you won't need it, best thing you could do is to keep track of your RAM usage while doing your 3D modeling, it won't be an upgrade unless you are maxing out what you currently have.
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You should instead consider using your money on a SSD
    
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No, it's not essential. If you're on a budget, you can stick with 4GB. RAM never directly lowers frame rates that much unless it's really THAT low (and you'll feel it all around long before it gets that low), so game FPS numbers don't give good insight into answering this question.

Personally, just given the prices though, unless you're on a budget, I see no reason not to get 8GB these days. You can get 8GB 1600MHz 8-8-8 for $84 for Newegg right right now (discount code, it's usually ~$120). 9-9-9 stuff otherwise identical is routinely $100.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rade,2778.html

I also felt Windows all around get a bit better with 8GB (some was probably placebo). If you have 4GB, there's no need to rush out and grab more, but I do feel the "minimums" I'd stick with if buying now would be 8GB (or 6GB for triple channel).
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No, it's not essential. If you're on a budget, you can stick with 4GB. RAM never directly lowers frame rates that much unless it's really THAT low (and you'll feel it all around long before it gets that low), so game FPS numbers don't give good insight into answering this question.

Personally, just given the prices though, unless you're on a budget, I see no reason not to get 8GB these days. You can get 8GB 1600MHz 8-8-8 for $84 for Newegg right right now (discount code, it's usually ~$120). 9-9-9 stuff otherwise identical is routinely $100.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rade,2778.html

I also felt Windows all around get a bit better with 8GB (some was probably placebo). If you have 4GB, there's no need to rush out and grab more, but I do feel the "minimums" I'd stick with if buying now would be 8GB (or 6GB for triple channel).
Even for Dual Channel motherboards 2x2GB + 2x1GB can be a nice compromise when overclocking.

Take a look at this...


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If you value overclocking you should go with 2x1GB in addition to your 2x2GB. Many 2x1GB kits are also single sided.

In my P5Q-E I use 2x2GB + 2x1GB (single sided) Crucial Ballistix PC6400 4-4-4-12-2.0v.. They are rock stable at 1168MHz 6-5-6-15-1.96v... Overclocks excact the same as using 2x2GB. And do not hinder rest of the overclocking at all.

Seen this in other boards too. So it's really not worth going 8GB RAM. In my case I could not settle for 4GB, which really is enough, so I ordered those 2x1GB kit, for a total of 6GB. Because I knew it would also overclock good.

I've also tested 2x2 + 2x1GB config where the 2x1GB sticks also were double sided, still did alot better then 4x2GB...

I also have 2 more 2x2GB sticks of this RAM. But running 4x2GB totally destroys the overclock. They will only do 1:1 FSB:Mem when using 8GB. Also, in many cases the CPU will need a little more V-core when 4x2GB RAM. Many motherboards struggles using 8GB. Like my P5Q Pro Turbo. Totally hopeless with 8GB RAM. Tried two different kits... Cannot overclock at all with this config.
    
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4GB is right spot
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