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What's the best 16gb RAM kit I can get for the MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard?

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April 7, 2013 10:18:24 PM

I've got someone coming by very soon to look at buy something from me and I would like the amount I charge to reflect what I'm going to need to buy new RAM for my PC. I'm hoping to get some suggestions asap (before he comes over).

My CPU is AMD Phenom II X4 955 in case it's relevant.

As a note, it looks like Corsair is a very popular brand but it doesn't look like my motherboard really supports it... or does it? I'm not sure.

Please advise. Thanks!

PS: I've also read somewhere that two 8gb modules would perform better than four 4gb modules. Is this true? I'll go with whichever performs best.
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April 7, 2013 10:27:00 PM

Double the price for what? You will never exceed 8GB under normal gaming usage or regular tasks.

Low voltage should work, if not you can manually adjust voltage, but just go with the Corsair if you don't want to worry about issues.

Save the money for a better GPU in the future.
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April 7, 2013 10:30:12 PM

edogawa said:
Double the price for what? You will never exceed 8GB under normal gaming usage or regular tasks.

Low voltage should work, if not you can manually adjust voltage, but just go with the Corsair if you don't want to worry about issues.


Well, I do video rendering (like in After Effects) as well as other media related tasks. Would more RAM not be ideal in these situations?
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April 7, 2013 10:31:20 PM

vertigoelectric said:
edogawa said:
Double the price for what? You will never exceed 8GB under normal gaming usage or regular tasks.

Low voltage should work, if not you can manually adjust voltage, but just go with the Corsair if you don't want to worry about issues.


Well, I do video rendering (like in After Effects) as well as other media related tasks. Would more RAM not be ideal in these situations?


AH! Okay, there we go then 16GB would be better. Sorry, thought you were another gamer who thought he needed 16GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks like there is a deal on this memory too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 7, 2013 10:34:08 PM

edogawa said:
vertigoelectric said:
edogawa said:
Double the price for what? You will never exceed 8GB under normal gaming usage or regular tasks.

Low voltage should work, if not you can manually adjust voltage, but just go with the Corsair if you don't want to worry about issues.


Well, I do video rendering (like in After Effects) as well as other media related tasks. Would more RAM not be ideal in these situations?


AH! Okay, there we go then 16GB would be better. Sorry, thought you were another gamer who thought he needed 16GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Well, it is true that I do gaming mostly, but occasionally I do get into video rendering and other high profile projects, and I hate how long it takes to wait for stuff to finish. I figured if my system can take 16gb, I might as well go for it. I also just upgraded from 32bit to 64bit so I'd like to take advantage of not having a <4 gb limit any more...

Basically, I don't dedicate my machine to any one specific type of activity. I use it for everything, and I'd like it to be versatile in that aspect. Thanks for the suggestions!
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April 7, 2013 10:37:01 PM

Definitely a good idea then.

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April 7, 2013 10:39:10 PM

edogawa said:
Definitely a good idea then.


I have looked at this many times already http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (the one you suggested) but I just wasn't sure. It does seem a bit steep in price, but... i'm also trying to look to the future. When I eventually change my cpu/motherboard, it would be nice to migrate this ram over (which is why i prefer 8x2 over 4x4).

Do you think this RAM will have any issues if I want to use it later with another identical/similar kit, making it 32gb? I know some RAM doesn't do well when combined with more (even of the same model).
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April 7, 2013 10:42:09 PM

edogawa said:
This is your board correct? It supports more ram if it is.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/890FXA-GD70.html#/?div=Bas...

You always wanna use the exact same memory across the board too.


Yeah, that's it. What the heck!? I thought it was max 16gb. Wow that's awesome! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I could upgrade RAM later on then.

WAit a minute, though. The newegg page I bought the board from says 16gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Could that be newegg's error?

... I just checked the product box, which I still have, and it also says 16gb. Perhaps a BIOS update made it 32gb since i bought it?
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April 7, 2013 10:46:29 PM

Yeah, check for bios update. When did you buy this motherboard? Latest bios is: 2012-10-31
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April 7, 2013 10:47:55 PM

edogawa said:
Yeah, check for bios update.


Actually, take another look at the MSI site. The basic specification says 32gb as you've noticed, but go to detailed specification and it says 16gb.

I think it might be an MSI site error.
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April 7, 2013 10:55:06 PM

Hm, not sure, I don't use MSI boards so I can't say for sure.
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April 8, 2013 12:17:47 AM

edogawa said:
Hm, not sure, I don't use MSI boards so I can't say for sure.


Hmmm. I suppose I can email them about it. At any rate, it's not something that I could afford any time soon anyway. For now I'll stick with 16gb. Thanks!
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