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April 24, 2013 5:37:32 PM

hi i am going to buy a Gateway DX4870-ub308 what i want to know is this computer says it can support 16gb of ram it has 4 slots for ram which one is best a 4x4 ram setup or a 2x8 ram setup for this computer or is 16gb too much ram should i just get 8gb of ram and im going to get a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD7750 will the 300 watt power supply handle it here are the specs



Case: Mid Tower
Processor: 3.40GHz Intel Dual Core i3-2130
Installed Memory: 6GB
Max Memory: 16GB DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics


Hard Drive: 1TB 5400SATA
Optical Drive: DVD-Writer
WiFi (Y/N): Yes
Ethernet Type: Gigabit Ethernet
USB Ports (2.0): 6
USB Ports (3.0): 2
HDMI (Y/N): Y
Other Ports: -linein-lineout-RJ-45-VGA
Input: Mouse and Keyboard included
Dimensions: 15.8 x 14.9 x 7.1
Power Supply: 300W

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April 24, 2013 7:36:10 PM
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If your using the computer for gaming then you don't need 16gb of ram and to go with 8gb would be fine. Even the 6gb that is listed would be ok and the one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you want to keep the components to a similar fit. By that I mean that you have an i3 processor and a medium to low end video card with a low power PSU. Maxing out the ram just doesn't fit with the other components.
If you put an i5 CPU and a 7970 video card and a 650w PSU then maxing out the ram would fit but still not necessary because gaming won't use more then 6gb of ram.
I would get 2x4gb if your going with 8gb of ram.
April 24, 2013 8:25:11 PM

inzone said:
If your using the computer for gaming then you don't need 16gb of ram and to go with 8gb would be fine. Even the 6gb that is listed would be ok and the one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you want to keep the components to a similar fit. By that I mean that you have an i3 processor and a medium to low end video card with a low power PSU. Maxing out the ram just doesn't fit with the other components.
If you put an i5 CPU and a 7970 video card and a 650w PSU then maxing out the ram would fit but still not necessary because gaming won't use more then 6gb of ram.
I would get 2x4gb if your going with 8gb of ram.


first off thanks for the help i am on a budget thats why im going to get the i3 vs i5 i will just get 8 gb of ram then and is the Radeon HD7750 a good card for this build with out changing the psu can you give me some suggestions im going to use the computer for mostly for movies and lite to medium gaming would it be better to just upgrade the psu and get a different graphics card im open for suggestions what would be the best set up for this pc
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April 25, 2013 9:03:19 AM

You have to be careful with a 300w PSU as it's not very big so your going to be limited as to what video cards you can get. You better check the recommended power supply requirements for the 7750. I know you said that your on a budget but I would look into what it would cost to upgrade to a 500w PSU. A 500w is not overkill and it would allow you to select whatever video card that you want.
April 25, 2013 2:52:08 PM

inzone said:
You have to be careful with a 300w PSU as it's not very big so your going to be limited as to what video cards you can get. You better check the recommended power supply requirements for the 7750. I know you said that your on a budget but I would look into what it would cost to upgrade to a 500w PSU. A 500w is not overkill and it would allow you to select whatever video card that you want.


i decided that im going to just build a pc from the ground up instead for just buying one that way i can buy it in parts and get a better computer for my money do you know any good parts list for $500-$600 range i will need everything but i can get the os this will be my frist build and a three month project $200 one month for parts $200 the next and so on im sorry if this is in the wrong post section but you help is appreciated
a b } Memory
April 25, 2013 3:53:13 PM

You would get a lot of help in the Systems section of the forum, so start a thread there and see what you get foe suggestions. Sometime there can be too many suggestions and get easily confused so you want to take each one and write it down on paper so you can look at each one and actually make changes till you come up with the one that suits you.

A good place online to go and pre-configure Pc builds is "PcPartpicker.com" what you do in this site is make your own build from the parts and prices listed and the prices are the from all places and they will also give you the lowest available price on the parts so you don't have to search all the stores for the lowest prices.

I would be careful with buying parts in a three month span because if the part is defective then you want to return it in the first 30 days. If it's a matter of you being able to save $200 each month for parts then you should save your money until you have the $600 and then make the purchase, that way all the parts are under the 30 day from purchase warranty which is the easiest time to return items.

This is an example of a build at Pcpartpicker.com.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/T2uU
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