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How much better is 2x4 GB RAM at 1600mhz than 4x1 GB RAM at 800mhz???

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March 30, 2014 7:33:56 AM

Right now I have 4 1GB sticks of RAM with DDR2-800mhz transfer speed. How much better will my PC perform in general if I upgrade to 2x 4GB DDR3-1600mhz sticks? Is this a significant improvement??

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March 30, 2014 7:35:16 AM

You can NOT install DDR3 ram into a DDR2 slot.
If you get a new MOB that supports DDR3 it will perform much better.
The amount of RAM will be an improvement. The MHz will make no real difference in real world computing.
8Gb of RAM is a sweet spot that performs very well.

http://www.zdnet.com/how-much-ram-do-i-need-early-2013-...

After 8GB it is not bang for your buck anymore.
If your MOB supports 8Gb of RAM you can get some great DDR2 ram.
Look on eBay for a bunch of good prices.
Happy Computing! :) 
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March 30, 2014 7:36:56 AM

Nathan Willis said:
You can NOT install DDR3 ram into a DDR3 slot.


Well #1 I failed to mention that I am getting an AsRock Z87 MoBo to replace the one I have. And why wouldn't you be able to put DDR3 RAM into a DDR3 slot???
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March 30, 2014 7:44:16 AM

Snipes212 said:
Nathan Willis said:
You can NOT install DDR3 ram into a DDR3 slot.


Well #1 I failed to mention that I am getting an AsRock Z87 MoBo to replace the one I have. And why wouldn't you be able to put DDR3 RAM into a DDR3 slot???


From your original statement:
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I have 4 1GB sticks of RAM with DDR2-800mhz transfer speed. How much better will my PC perform in general if I upgrade to 2x 4GB DDR3-1600mhz sticks?
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March 30, 2014 7:46:46 AM

It was my bad. I corrected it to DDR2! :) 
Going from 4Gb to 8Gb of RAM is a huge improvement!
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March 30, 2014 8:00:48 AM

Nathan Willis said:
It was my bad. I corrected it to DDR2! :) 
Going from 4Gb to 8Gb of RAM is a huge improvement!


Oh okay haha.

Thanks a lot for the direct answer. I hate when people dance around it.

So the speed really doesn't matter? Like I could get 2x4GB with 1333 DDR3 and it wouldn't perform any worse than 2x4GB with 1600 DDR3?
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March 30, 2014 8:08:07 AM

Snipes212 said:
Nathan Willis said:
It was my bad. I corrected it to DDR2! :) 
Going from 4Gb to 8Gb of RAM is a huge improvement!


Oh okay haha.

Thanks a lot for the direct answer. I hate when people dance around it.

So the speed really doesn't matter? Like I could get 2x4GB with 1333 DDR3 and it wouldn't perform any worse than 2x4GB with 1600 DDR3?


For those two different setups, there would maybe be a tiny difference. Almost certainly not noticeable in everyday use.
Buy whatever max your motherboard supports.
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March 30, 2014 8:20:03 AM

USAFRet said:
Snipes212 said:
Nathan Willis said:
It was my bad. I corrected it to DDR2! :) 
Going from 4Gb to 8Gb of RAM is a huge improvement!


Oh okay haha.

Thanks a lot for the direct answer. I hate when people dance around it.

So the speed really doesn't matter? Like I could get 2x4GB with 1333 DDR3 and it wouldn't perform any worse than 2x4GB with 1600 DDR3?


For those two different setups, there would maybe be a tiny difference. Almost certainly not noticeable in everyday use.
Buy whatever max your motherboard supports.


So would the 1333mhz be okay for gaming?
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March 30, 2014 8:27:08 AM

Snipes212 said:


So would the 1333mhz be okay for gaming?


If your motherboard supports it, yes.
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March 30, 2014 8:35:22 AM

USAFRet said:
Snipes212 said:


So would the 1333mhz be okay for gaming?


If your motherboard supports it, yes.


Alright thanks
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March 30, 2014 12:03:23 PM

Just look at GB not MHz. The difference between 1333, 1600, and even 800 MHz ram is so little.
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