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GTX 660 + 8gb Ram vs GTX 760

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February 11, 2014 8:48:55 PM

Hello,
I'm currently in the process of building a new rig, and it is time to choose the graphics card. My question is this: With my current components, would it be more benificial to get the GTX660 and 4gb of ram? 8Gb? Also, would the GTX760 cause a bottleneck? Due to budget constraints I can either get the GTX600 and 8gb of ram, or the GTX760 and maybe 4gbs of ram. Here are my specs right now:

CPU: AMD Phenom II 945 3.0Ghz Quad Core http://

Ram: 4Gb (2x2) DDR3 http://

MOBO: http://

Here are the two Cards I was considering (Other suggestions are welcome):

GTX 660: http://

GTX 760: http://

Also, if I choose the 660+Ram, is it more beneficial to exactly match the speed and timings of the existing ram? Or to just get 8gb (2x4gb) of the fastest Ram my budget will allow (2 sticks would be better because it would take advantage of Dual Channel mode right?)

Thank you for your time and potential input,
Nic

Note: My budget is ~$260-280

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February 11, 2014 8:52:31 PM

That CPU would limit the power of the 760 if you got it, and you really do want 8GB of RAM in a gaming rig, some games use a little over 6 GB just the game and one tab of Google Chrome open plus the game launcher (Origin/Steam), so the best bet is the GTX 660 and 8GB of RAM.

You want to set your system up so you have 2 sticks of 4GB of RAM, that's called running in Dual Channel which is much faster than a single stick, so get the GTX 660 and the 8GB of RAM. And yes, you want to match the timings, CAS Latency etc. In fact, if you can, it is best to have all RAM be the same dimm type, for example each stick should be all Corsair Vengeance, or G.Skill Sniper, etc.
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February 11, 2014 8:58:48 PM

apcs13 said:
That CPU would limit the power of the 760 if you got it, and you really do want 8GB of RAM in a gaming rig, some games use a little over 6 GB just the game and one tab of Google Chrome open plus the game launcher (Origin/Steam), so the best bet is the GTX 660 and 8GB of RAM.

You want to set your system up so you have 2 sticks of 4GB of RAM, that's called running in Dual Channel which is much faster than a single stick, so get the GTX 660 and the 8GB of RAM. And yes, you want to match the timings, CAS Latency etc. In fact, if you can, it is best to have all RAM be the same dimm type, for example each stick should be all Corsair Vengeance, or G.Skill Sniper, etc.


Thank you for your timely response,
So to clarify, I want the two 4Gb sticks that I will be purchasing to not only match each other, but to also match the timings etc of the existing two sticks of Ram I have currently? Or as long as each pair matches that is fine, that way I have two "Dual channel"s going concurrently.

Thanks again
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February 12, 2014 12:39:55 PM

Nolson said:
apcs13 said:
That CPU would limit the power of the 760 if you got it, and you really do want 8GB of RAM in a gaming rig, some games use a little over 6 GB just the game and one tab of Google Chrome open plus the game launcher (Origin/Steam), so the best bet is the GTX 660 and 8GB of RAM.

You want to set your system up so you have 2 sticks of 4GB of RAM, that's called running in Dual Channel which is much faster than a single stick, so get the GTX 660 and the 8GB of RAM. And yes, you want to match the timings, CAS Latency etc. In fact, if you can, it is best to have all RAM be the same dimm type, for example each stick should be all Corsair Vengeance, or G.Skill Sniper, etc.


Thank you for your timely response,
So to clarify, I want the two 4Gb sticks that I will be purchasing to not only match each other, but to also match the timings etc of the existing two sticks of Ram I have currently? Or as long as each pair matches that is fine, that way I have two "Dual channel"s going concurrently.

Thanks again


Oh, hm, I didn't realize that this is what you were doing. You want to match the CAS Latency, speed, and voltage, basically get as close to the same RAM as you already have as possible if you can't get the same exact type you already have. I think it is even okay if CAS Latency doesn't match, but it is pretty important to have the same speeds and voltages, you can manually set the CAS Latency in the BIOS.
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