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It's been asked many times, but will I see any noticeable improvements by going with 16gb or 8gb RAM?

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July 20, 2013 3:08:48 PM

I'm building my first computer, and I want it to be a pretty decent gaming computer. I'd like to keep it right on about $1500, and right now I'm stuck between whether I should get 16gb of RAM or 8gb. I've read many threads but I have only gotten mixed answers. This is my current build:

CPU: Intel i5 4670k 3.4ghz
Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: Gigabyte motherboard ga-z87x-ud3h
RAM: 8gb Corsair Vengeance low profile
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1tb
SSD: Samsung 840 120gb
GPU: EVGA GTX 770 SC
Case: Corsair Carbide 300r (with or without window)
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 550w
OS: Windows 7 64bit/ Linux Ubuntu 64bit (dual boot)

I plan on OC a little bit, though I will look into it a lot more first. I'm just wondering if upgrading will improve my gaming experience any. Thanks a lot. Any other advice appreciated because this is my first build.

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July 20, 2013 3:12:55 PM

8GB of RAM will be more than enough for any game you could want to play. There is no need to go for more RAM than that when it comes to gaming. Also, I would only get PSU's from Antec, Seasonic, and XFX.
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July 20, 2013 3:14:05 PM

For gaming, 16 over 8 will not help any.
Go with the 8.
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July 20, 2013 3:22:09 PM

What else do you do, if gaming is it, then 8GB is prob good, if you multi-task (numerous windows open, use memory centric apps (CAD, GIS, photo, video, etc or work with large data sets, then 16 is worth a look (should be a nice rig ;)  )
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July 20, 2013 3:25:59 PM

ThaDoktor63 said:
I'm building my first computer, and I want it to be a pretty decent gaming computer. I'd like to keep it right on about $1500, and right now I'm stuck between whether I should get 16gb of RAM or 8gb. I've read many threads but I have only gotten mixed answers. This is my current build:

CPU: Intel i5 4670k 3.4ghz
Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: Gigabyte motherboard ga-z87x-ud3h
RAM: 8gb Corsair Vengeance low profile
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1tb
SSD: Samsung 840 120gb
GPU: EVGA GTX 770 SC
Case: Corsair Carbide 300r (with or without window)
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 550w
OS: Windows 7 64bit/ Linux Ubuntu 64bit (dual boot)

I plan on OC a little bit, though I will look into it a lot more first. I'm just wondering if upgrading will improve my gaming experience any. Thanks a lot. Any other advice appreciated because this is my first build.


8gb is more then enough for a gaming rig. I would just get a more powerful psu however(700w). Try corsair or seasonic.
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July 20, 2013 3:27:13 PM

the only reason you might want to go with more then 8gb of ram is if you're doing 3d rendering or something system intensive for work.
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July 20, 2013 3:43:09 PM

Tom's just (within the last few weeks) had an article about reducing writes to an SSD by having 16GB vs 8GB. If you are worried about longevity of that 840pro, you could spring for the extra 8.
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July 20, 2013 3:44:40 PM

700w seems to be overkill considering the rig should be about 430w and being a 80Plus Gold the minimum it should provide should be ~478w (if I understand the 80Plus ratings right.) How much more would it cost (in watts) to get decent overclocks? More than 50 watts?

Thank you for the advice about the RAM! I was worried because if I got 2x8gb I could easily upgrade to 32 with no incompatibilities, rather than having to remove the 2x4gb to put in 2x8gbs (to future proof I guess)
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July 20, 2013 3:56:26 PM

kanewolf said:
Tom's just (within the last few weeks) had an article about reducing writes to an SSD by having 16GB vs 8GB. If you are worried about longevity of that 840pro, you could spring for the extra 8.


Could you provide a link? I haven't heard of RAM affecting the life of SSDs, so I think it's interesting. In the meantime I'll try to find it myself! Thanks for the info!
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July 20, 2013 4:04:50 PM

ThaDoktor63 said:
kanewolf said:
Tom's just (within the last few weeks) had an article about reducing writes to an SSD by having 16GB vs 8GB. If you are worried about longevity of that 840pro, you could spring for the extra 8.


Could you provide a link? I haven't heard of RAM affecting the life of SSDs, so I think it's interesting. In the meantime I'll try to find it myself! Thanks for the info!


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-ram-endurance,3...
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October 1, 2013 8:24:16 AM

16 Gb of ram is total overkill for games, the throughput will not be matched by the hard disk(s) irrespective of the array type.

However if you have a multi core, multi cpu server and each cpu has 16gb of ram it would be excellent for virtulisation, database manipulation, etc only with a matching hard disk setup.
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