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Is my RAM holding back my gaming performance?

So I built my rig from the ground up just last month and in order to put the money elsewhere on my budget i decided to get 4GB of ram instead of 8.

Here's the Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k @ 4.4Ghz
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked 2GB
Ram: Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 240pin (1x4GB Stick)
PSU: CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W
Mob: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s

The main question is. Is my ram at all holding back my gaming performance? If I overclock it to DDR3-1800. Would it change literaly anything? And would gaming be effected at all by getting another 1 or 2 4GB sticks.
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  1. Changing the speed on the ram MIGHT help, but probably not. If you are running out of memory you obviously need more. Get the second stick as soon as you can because 8 is good to have and dual channel works better. There really shouldnt be anything holding you back though.
  2. The Dual-Channel boost would help but really, really, games like Battlefield 3 and 4 need at least 8GB of RAM to run properly. They're absolute resource-hogs and I would venture to say that you would even get better performance from 8GB of DDR3-1333 than 4GB of DDR3-1600. Me, I just got 16GB of DDR3-1333 and never looked back. I've never had a problem.
  3. now let me see............... who was it that said their upcoming game required 6gb of memory..............????........ one of the C.O.D. games. Ghost was it?
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    Avro Arrow said:
    The Dual-Channel boost would help but really, really, games like Battlefield 3 and 4 need at least 8GB of RAM to run properly. They're absolute resource-hogs and I would venture to say that you would even get better performance from 8GB of DDR3-1333 than 4GB of DDR3-1600. Me, I just got 16GB of DDR3-1333 and never looked back. I've never had a problem.


    This is very much true. Just having a single stick is losing you 5-7% in overall performance due to losing dual channel mode. Also as said above most new games need 8GB these days. 16GB has really become the sweet spot, not really necessary yet but with prices where they are you should consider it. 8GB is minimum for a gaming machine. 2 years ago 4GB was fine but not anymore.

    Overclocking the memory or trying to run faster than DR3 1600 with an Ivy Bridge setup gains you about 0. Haswell will use faster RAM but Haswell has a redesigned memory controller.
  5. Thanks for all the help i just ordered another stick of vengeance so ill have 2 sticks with 8GB altogether for now. Next month ill throw another 8 in just for the heck of it, the things are so cheap now so why not. Thnx everyone.
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