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what type of ram and its capacity that suits intel core i3 4130,3.4 GHz an nvidia geforce gtx 660 in gaming

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January 19, 2014 3:55:58 AM

I'm building a new computer and i want to know what are the type of ram and its name and its capacity that suit intel core i3 4130,3.4 GHz and nvidia geforce gtx 660
January 19, 2014 4:06:25 AM

neither the CPU or GPU matter, the RAM you would be best using will be determined by the motherboard.
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January 19, 2014 4:09:16 AM

Your gaming choice is good. My computer has the following specs :- Intel Core i7-3770, Corsair XMS-3 1600Mhz 8 GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GTX 660. It can handle most of the games at 1080p in high settings. For present day gaming I think a 1600Mhz 8 GB is enough. Anyway RAM is not going to decide your gaming performance. But most of the experts chose Corsair RAM because they are more reliable and durable. There is no big performance difference between Corsair XMS3 and Corsair Vengeance RAM.
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January 19, 2014 4:15:49 AM

Your build is a budget one, and if you only do gaming (not video or image rendering etc.) 4GB will serve you well. Maybe get 6GB, but 8GB is definitely pushing it with that build (you'll rarely use it anyways).
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January 19, 2014 4:16:56 AM

You will be using:
- DDR3 RAM
- most common speeds are 1333 (typical), 1600 (gamer), and 1866 (& above overclocking / max )
- you'll want 8Gb (min) or 16Gb (for tons of space & a bit of future proofing)
- NOTE: you MUST have a 64 bit version of your operating system to support / use more than 4Gb of RAM
- its best to get at least 2 sticks (called DIMMs) So, 2 x 4Gb, in the lingo. (this is because your CPU uses "dual channel" RAM controller and must have 2 physically separate DIMMs or, it runs at basically Half the speed...)
- its best to get ONLY 2 sticks (as you can achieve the highest overclocking speeds with 2 and not 4 sticks
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January 19, 2014 4:39:08 AM

The performance increase by RAM OCing is minimal.
I also doubt he'll be OCing the RAM anyways, and one stick is usually cheaper than two smaller ones.

With the CPU he has, he won't be able to play the games that need more than 4GB of RAM at the highest settings anyways, so buying more than 6 is throwing money out the window.
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January 19, 2014 4:51:35 AM

@someone755 :
- I'd agree, I've seen very little difference in gaming running my system at 1066, 1333, or 1600....
- 4Gb vs 8Gb, ah, debatable
- But, single stick vs dual, I've found a night-and-day difference in performance...since they run single channel (so 3 & 6Gb options would also take a hit in performance)
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January 19, 2014 10:20:26 AM

But, as said, two sticks may enhance performance (though it never has for me... weird...) but two 2GB sticks are rarely cheaper than one 4GB one (also if he ever switches his CPU out for a better one and his GPU for a better one, he'll probably want to upgrade to more than 8GB, so he'd have to sell all the sticks and get new ones)...

And believe me, I run a very similar system to the OP's one. 4GB of RAM, and it rarely goes over 3.5 (Win 7 Aero theme on, plus other eye-candy and background programs/processes). :/ 

Also, @OP, watch the voltage spec levels (never over 1.5V) and latency. I recommend Crucial or Kingston, though Corsair ones are said to be excellent as well.
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