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Building new pc!I am unsure of how to install 2x8gb ram / how to install two 2x8gb ram/ is two 2x8gb = 32gb an overkill?

Hi people!

I am new here. I am also new to building gaming by my own.
I am currently planning to build a rather "high end" gaming pc.

Possible specs:

Motherboard: Maximus VII Hero (the new Z97)
CPU: i7-4770K
Video card: Asus DIrect CUii 780 Ti
Ram: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX
link: http://


from the asus website, http://

These are some of the spec of the mobo.
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3200(O.C.)/3100(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

and from http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-haswell
I learn that if the system is dual channel, and if the mobo support two DIMM slot per channel ( which is the case for VII HERO)

anandtech said:
In order to ensure that we have dual (or tri/quad) channel operation these sticks need to be in the right slots of the motherboard – most motherboards support two DIMM slots per channel and we need at least one memory stick for each channel.

Questions:
a)How do I plug the two ram kit on the 4 slots found on the HERO?
I put the ram and separate them by 1 slot in between?

b)IF I buy two 2x8GB, means total 4 stick, I just put them all together on randomly?

c)I learnt that buying ram as a kit (2x8gb, in the newegg link) is better,
but what if i buy two of 2x8gb? these two kit sure work together?

d) For High end gaming and future proof reason, Do i need 32gb memory actually?

THANKS in advance for your reply!!!
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  1. Best answer
    Answers:
    A> The ram slots are color coded, simply fill the slots that are the same color and you will be fine.
    B> As long as they are the same timings and sizes, yes any order is basically fine.
    C> In the case of kitted RAM you want the two that are a pair in the same color slots, and yes two kits will work together.
    D> For gaming? No, 32Gb is overkill, 16 is more than sufficient. If you have some leftover in your budget consider upgrades in this order: GPU, SSD, everything else.
  2. Combining two RAM kits is not guaranteed to work.

    The rated DRAM Timings and Memory Clock settings are for 16GB not 32GB. XMP settings may cause the computer not to boot or may not be achievable successfully. While it is definitely possible that two kits would run together in the same system, there is a chance that you may need to reduce the speed of the memory. If you have problems mixing sets, it is suggested to manually lower the frequency of the memory
  3. yeah i agree with calvin get two of the same types of ram. That way they dont act funny. Then find the color coded ram slot and then a put them in the same color. Example blue to blue, put the blue wire to blue wire. but since you have 4 sticks of ram with 4 ram slots put them all because basically you will fill them all in and achieve dual channel memory which is better.
  4. alan0n said:
    Answers:
    A> The ram slots are color coded, simply fill the slots that are the same color and you will be fine.
    B> As long as they are the same timings and sizes, yes any order is basically fine.
    C> In the case of kitted RAM you want the two that are a pair in the same color slots, and yes two kits will work together.
    D> For gaming? No, 32Gb is overkill, 16 is more than sufficient. If you have some leftover in your budget consider upgrades in this order: GPU, SSD, everything else.


    i think his gpu is enough a 780ti is the best. I doesnt botteneck a good cpu like a gtx titan z. but i know you mean upgrading. ;)
  5. With combo (I have the same), I'd look at the GSkill Tridents, if primarily gaming 16GB (2x8GB) in 1866/8 or 2133/9 is plenty sufficient, if you do go 32GB get a single packaged set of 32GB (4x8GB), don't mix two packages, even the same exact model can and often is problematic
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