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Is 3 GB of DDR3 RAM sufficient?

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July 18, 2010 4:52:57 AM

I'm planning on building a budget x58 computer that'll last me for the next 3-4 years. I've been debating on whether or not to get 3 gigs or 6 gigs of RAM. I feel that 6 GB is complete overkill even 5 years down the road.

I'll be using the computer for school/internet/gaming (everything will be stocked, not the type of person that needs GTX 480's in 3 way sli with a 100 inch monitor and everything on super maxed settings with 100x AA/AF).

What do you guys think?

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July 18, 2010 5:15:05 AM

I'd go for 3GB now. That's usually plenty for most applications/games (not including CAD/HD Video Editing, although it will still suffice). If you find you need more, you can always get more down the road.
July 18, 2010 5:19:56 AM

+1 for Pyroflea, 3GB is enough for your needs :) 
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July 18, 2010 5:20:25 AM

I would go for 6 GB, 3 GB may be enough but then you can only expand to 9 GB later on. However, if this is just for schoolinternet/casual gaming an i5 750 is more than sufficient, and then you only need to buy 2 DIMMs of 2 GB memory.
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July 18, 2010 5:32:01 AM

^ +1

Go for 6GB if you are running Windows 7 x64 you will be happier. If you have a 32 bit OS then you can get by with 3GB.
July 18, 2010 5:35:10 AM

4gbs will do, vista or win 7 take up 1gb already just to run it... so you'll have 3gb extra
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July 18, 2010 5:39:31 AM

blink180heights said:
4gbs will do, vista or win 7 take up 1gb already just to run it... so you'll have 3gb extra



4Gb will NOT do on an X58 motherboard needing triple channel memory.
July 18, 2010 6:07:33 AM

3 gb should get you by for now, then you have the option for more later if you need it.
July 18, 2010 6:31:03 AM

get the 3gb, if the time comes that 3gb is not enough, CHEAPER, faster, cooler, more overclockable, memory will be available for less money so no need to FUTURE PROOF!!!
July 18, 2010 7:14:44 AM

anort3 said:
4Gb will NOT do on an X58 motherboard needing triple channel memory.



false


triple channel is just a marketing propaganda

any dual channel memory will work on X58

for scientific testing here




as you can see there is so little difference
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July 18, 2010 8:40:18 AM

^ You are right, dual channel works in triple channel boards, however, technically speaking, triple channel memory isn't marketing propaganda considering that dual channel offers little performance benefits over single channel, and by advertising 'Dual Channel DDR3 1333 MHz+' really isn't propaganda. However one of the points of triple channel was to offer more memory as well as better performance, so there's no point getting 4 GB with an i7 900, just get an i5 750 instead.
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