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July 20, 2010 5:45:33 PM

i plan on upgrading my memory and gpu.

i have a 4870 and a g skill 2 gig kit(2x1).

im having an issues on what to get. weather it be another 4870 or a 4850. no i dont want a 5000 series card it cheaper for me to add another one.

now the ram im not sure weather i should get 4 gigs of this

or just get this kit
or i can get another gskill set but the set i have now dosent run at what its suppose to.

so what im asking is should i get a 4gb kit or 2 2gb kits? is there really a difference between 4 gigs and 6? and last will i see good performance vs buck if i crossfire a 4850. i cant really find any benchmarks right now for it.

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a b } Memory
July 20, 2010 8:22:43 PM

If you are using a 32-bit (x86) Operating System, you do not need any more RAM. After you add another GPU, you will have at least 3+GB total memory. The 32-bit OSes cannot see and use more than ~3.25-3.75 GB of RAM. If you are using a 64-bit (x64 bit OS), adding 2 GB RAM may help you performance, get the 4GB (2x2) Patriot RAM.

The GPU: If you can find a 4870, get that. If you cannot find one, the 4850 would the next best.
a b } Memory
July 21, 2010 7:37:35 AM

I must add that between 1x4GB and 2x2GB, i would go with 1x4GB because it requires one slot,so its easier to upgrade later.And the difference between 4GB and 6GB isn't much,because most games/apps will work fine with 4GB RAM.
As for VGA,well CrossFiring a HD 4870 with a HD 4850 will give you the performance of 2 4850's,which is good, but i recommend to get another 4870 because its better to use 2 same cards in CrossFire mode.
July 21, 2010 9:47:21 PM

i have windows 7 64 bit. its not a 1 stick of 4 gigs its 4 1gb sticks, but thank you for the help