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March 24, 2014 8:01:53 AM

I'm building my first pc (A budget gaming rig) for 600$ and i'm trying to choose ram. I think i need about 8gbs but i don't know what speed i need. Can somone help me out?
March 24, 2014 8:05:11 AM

Not enough to make it matter. CPU and GPU will be what determines how your gaming rig will perform. Using say DDR3-2133 vs DDR3-1600 won't make more than a couple of FPS difference. Use whatever memory speed your motherboard and processor recommend unless your going to do any overclocking.
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March 24, 2014 8:07:02 AM

DDR3 1600Mhz RAM 2 x 4GB would be best for you.

anything above 1600Mhz is OC (Over Clocking) RAM.
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March 24, 2014 8:24:50 AM

So what ram speed would i need if i was going to overclock? Just curious.
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March 24, 2014 8:33:28 AM

Even with overclocking, memory speed will not make that big of a deal. Without knowing any specifications on your proposed "budget" gaming build is, I can almost assure you that you won't have to worry much about overclocking. Like I said in the last reply, just use whatever memory your motherboard and processor are rated to run at, usually DDR3- 1600. If you want to play the overclocking game, get the memory with the fastest timings your motherboard supports. That will mean you should be able to technically overclock your system beyond it's rated specifications.
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March 31, 2014 8:09:53 AM

BF4 1600mhz to 2133 is almost a 23fps gain minimum.
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March 31, 2014 9:04:53 AM

Its_Byte_00 said:
BF4 1600mhz to 2133 is almost a 23fps gain minimum.


False.
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March 31, 2014 11:45:53 AM

Rationale said:
Its_Byte_00 said:
BF4 1600mhz to 2133 is almost a 23fps gain minimum.


False.


Try it.
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March 31, 2014 2:31:57 PM

Its_Byte_00 said:
Rationale said:
Its_Byte_00 said:
BF4 1600mhz to 2133 is almost a 23fps gain minimum.


False.


Try it.


Show me a benchmark, or it's false.
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March 31, 2014 4:44:31 PM

If you are only doing gaming at one time and only playing one game at one time, it won't really be a very noticeable difference. CPU and GPU make the differences in speed and graphics, as well as a good monitor.
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March 31, 2014 5:18:40 PM

Echocookie said:
If you are only doing gaming at one time and only playing one game at one time, it won't really be a very noticeable difference. CPU and GPU make the differences in speed and graphics, as well as a good monitor.


Google It.
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March 31, 2014 6:21:35 PM

Its_Byte_00 said:
Echocookie said:
If you are only doing gaming at one time and only playing one game at one time, it won't really be a very noticeable difference. CPU and GPU make the differences in speed and graphics, as well as a good monitor.


Google It.


I already did. The performance difference from 1333mhz RAM to 2400mhz is usually 1-3 fps, even in Battlefield 4.
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April 1, 2014 12:57:43 AM

Memory speeds for gaming are insignificant. You really just need some basic memory along the lines of this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have a 770 for example you're going to runt he game on Ultra/1080P well enough to not need to worry about 1-3fps.
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April 7, 2014 9:35:37 PM

With ram there is obviously MHz and timings/ latency.
The easiest way I can explain it is MHz is like a highway, the more MHz the wider the highway and the more cars (processes) that can go on/take place. Most ALL of the time the higher the MHz, the slower the latency, such as say 2133mhz with 10-11 cas latency. Latency is how fast cars travel through the highway. The lower the MHz, generally the faster the cas latency, 1333 MHz ram with 7 cas latency is very common. This is why the 2133 MHz 11 cas latency ram performs almost the same as 1333 MHz ram at 7 cas latency. Sure 2133 MHz ram can have more cars pass at once, but they do so slower.
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