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8GB Dual Channel vs 12GB Single channel

Hello everyone! Today one of my RAM sticks just died on me, so i currently just have 4GB. I use my pc mostly for gaming (pubg, destiny, cs, division, etc) and 8GB were ''fine'', but i did felt like adding some more would be perfect to let my system have a breathing room and be able to use more apps while gaming (im looking at you google chrome xD), since basically i couldn't have anything on my desktop running while playing. So i was wondering if i should buy another 4GB stick and do dual channel or get an 8GB stick and do single channel. I feel like i'd get more benefits from having more RAM than by having dual channel memory, but im not a tech savvy. So i hope you guys can help me through.

And just to make it clear, i am not considering buying 2x8 kit since i can't afford it... especially in my country lol so please don't suggest it.

My specs:

i5 4570
H81M VG4 R3.0
Adata 4GB DDR3 1600
GTX 1050

Thanks!!
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  1. You will not notice any real world differences in using 1 4gb and 1 8gb ram.
    Just remember, to try and get same Ram Voltages as this can be a problem sometimes.

    Use CPU-Z to determine what your ram actually is
  2. Best answer
    Josea7x09 said:
    i am not considering buying 2x8 kit since i can't afford it... especially in my country lol so please don't suggest it.
    That's exactly, what I'd suggest.
    Since you want to put together different ram modules (not from same kit), compatibility problems are possible.
    It may be necessary to adjust ram settings manually or it may just refuse to work together at all. You'll know only after you tried it.
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