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Upgrading Help: Worth it or not?

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July 14, 2014 2:56:29 PM

- Hello everyone

Thank you so much for the great advice on the pc build. Now that I have had it for a few weeks now. I want to do more than just leave it like that. I looked on the motherboard compatibilities, and I was thinking about upgrading my 16g of RAM to about 32. Again, two things, is it worth it or not, and will it be compatible with all my parts?

Here are my parts,

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($55.63 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($141.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($299.25 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1212.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 18:14 EDT-0400)

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July 14, 2014 3:05:11 PM

Unless you actually are able to use more than 16GB of RAM you will see no benefit at all by getting 32GB of RAM. As is, I would get no benefit at all with 16GB RAM as the most I currently ever use up is 7GB.
July 14, 2014 3:22:08 PM

I agree. Unless you have a reason for more RAM, it will sit unused. In fact, quite a bit of the 16 GB is probably sitting unused. have you check your memory usage during your peak times to see if it is getting low? Games don't require much more than 4GB since (to my knowledge) they are mostly all still 32 bit.
If you game at higher than 1080p, you may want to consider a 2nd gfx card, but even that is probably not necessary.