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1600 vs 1866 in a gaming machine?

  • Gaming
  • DDR3
  • Intel i5
  • Memory
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January 28, 2014 8:16:23 PM

Hello all.

I'm upgrading my old machine (Core2Duo 3GHz 4gigs DDR2) to something more up to date and I'm in a need of advice.

I'm thinking of getting the following:

i5 4670K 3,4GHz CPU
Asus Z87-A mobo

I already have Radeon 7950 and I'm content with it and I have a ATX midi tower case with 850W 80+ Gold rated PSU that is about 8 months old.

My problem is the memory. I'm thinking of getting a Kingston HyperX black 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 CL10 XMP. But I'm curious that should I get 1866MHz memory instead? Or do you think 8 gigs would be enough for gaming on WIN7?

The brands of memory I'm able to buy here are limited to A-Data, Kingston, G.Skill, Corsair and Transcend.

tl;dr Is 8 gigs enough for gaming nowadays or should I buy 16gigs and is 1600MHz good enough or should I pay the premium to get 1866MHz? I'm on a tight budget.

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January 28, 2014 8:23:23 PM

Ram speed will have very little impact in overall computer speed or FPS in games. Take a look at this article. This is just for example as they are using onboard graphics which gets a much bigger boost from fast ram.
In your case I would go with 16gb of 1600mhz, find something with tight timings like 9 or less. Use the money you saved on the ram to get a SSD or something.

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January 28, 2014 8:36:52 PM

8gb for gaming. 8+gb gaming=waste money
Aim for 1600 cl9 1.5v modules
G.Skill Ripjaw are the way to go
January 28, 2014 10:05:37 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I'll check out the Ripjaws.