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April 9, 2014 5:29:37 PM

I purchased a pc that said it had 8gb of PC3-12800 DDR3-1600mhz. I added another 8gb's. Now I found out that the manufacturer actually put 8gb's of PC3-10600 DDR3-1333mhz so my pc is running at 1333mgz. Would it be better to add another 8gb of PC3 12800 for a total of 24gb's running at 1333mhz. or take out the 1333mhz and have 16gb's running at 1600mhz?

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April 9, 2014 5:33:21 PM

8gb is usually more than you need. Why do you need 16 even
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April 9, 2014 5:35:53 PM

I run 8GB of 1333MHz RAM and my PC does fine with gaming. RAM speeds have little impact on most real world scenarios. And you really don't need that much RAM unless you're doing some hardcore video editing.
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April 9, 2014 5:52:56 PM

schau314 said:
8gb is usually more than you need. Why do you need 16 even


I've always heard that the more RAM you have, the better the performance. I always like to try to get the best performance out of my pc.
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April 9, 2014 6:28:17 PM

It depends on what you do, unless working with things that are memory intensive or that use large data sets, 8 GB is fine for most, same for gaming
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April 9, 2014 6:39:26 PM

I would keep the 1600 mhz ram if it has good latency and sell or re purpose the other ram. What is your build right now. Maybe an ssd is better suited for speed increase,
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April 9, 2014 7:20:43 PM

schau314 said:
I would keep the 1600 mhz ram if it has good latency and sell or re purpose the other ram. What is your build right now. Maybe an ssd is better suited for speed increase,


My pc info:
HP 500-164
AMD A8-6500 APU with Radeon HD8570D (built in graphics)
3.50ghz
Motherboard:MSI 2AEO (MS 7778)
Hard Drive: 2 TB SATA (7200 rpm)
PNY XLR8™ 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) CAS 9 Memory Module

So do you think that 8gb is good enough to do most things like play games, watch movies, multi-task? I usually have like 3 or 4 screens on at a time. Throughout my years I have always heard people say to increase performance you should install more RAM. I guess I can try running just the 8gb of 1600mhz and see how the computer runs. I'll give it a try, thanks!

UPDATE: Ok I tried going with just the PNY PC3-12800 and that RAM is actually the one that was running at 1333MHz. This was fully packaged and purchased from Best Buy back in January. PNY actually sold me PC3-10700 in PC3-12800 packaging! Boy I don't know if I trust their product anymore. Anyways my pc is now running at 1600MHz now so I'll see how it goes. Thanks for everything.
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April 9, 2014 7:21:55 PM

Hawaiiboy58 said:
schau314 said:
8gb is usually more than you need. Why do you need 16 even


I've always heard that the more RAM you have, the better the performance. I always like to try to get the best performance out of my pc.


That's entirely wrong. RAM does not usually affect performance past 8GB for gaming, or 4GB for general use.
16GB is completely pointless unless you're handling professional rendering.

If your PC is slow, it's because of the crappy APU.
My aging Phenom II 955 from 2009 is faster than that.
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April 9, 2014 7:47:54 PM

Rationale said:
Hawaiiboy58 said:
schau314 said:
8gb is usually more than you need. Why do you need 16 even


I've always heard that the more RAM you have, the better the performance. I always like to try to get the best performance out of my pc.


That's entirely wrong. RAM does not usually affect performance past 8GB for gaming, or 4GB for general use.
16GB is completely pointless unless you're handling professional rendering.

If your PC is slow, it's because of the crappy APU.
My aging Phenom II 955 from 2009 is faster than that.


The speed and amount of RAM matter to APU's though. Though I'd still only get 8GB.
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