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12GB - 6 sticks of 2GB or 3 sticks of 4GB

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August 14, 2010 4:40:07 PM

Other than being able to expand later to 24 GB are there any other benefits to 3 sticks of memory instead of 6?

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August 14, 2010 5:09:21 PM

Not much,another benefit is that if you want to OC,having lower sticks is better.
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August 15, 2010 8:25:31 AM

Why bump ? didn't you get your answer ?
Aside from upgrading later/better OC'ng potential,there aren't any other differences.
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August 15, 2010 8:27:25 AM

bumping, against the rules. especially when your question has been answered (and by a mod no less)

the number of sticks makes no difference, assuming they are still in tri-channel mode. a lower number allows you to drop in more, but other than that is no advantage.
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August 15, 2010 3:37:34 PM

Sorry about that..... thanks for the info.

If I drop in another 12 gb ram then I take it that it just needs to be same brand, specs and the serial number dont have to be in sequense? I was never sure if that mattered.
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August 15, 2010 5:08:53 PM

Yes its recommended to purchase the same brand(with the same specs)
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August 16, 2010 1:52:29 AM

recommended, but not entirely necessary.

you can have compatibility issues, so its best to get the same stick when you can. my HTPC is currently running 4 1gb sticks, all different brands/freqs/timings. just recycled old parts, and it runs like a charm.

but to avoid issue, use similar sticks where possible.
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August 16, 2010 4:57:15 AM

Thank you....I wasnt sure if I should buy 6 4gb sticks all at one time or if I could wait. I dont have enough money for 24 gb yet and dont want to wait either. It looks like I dont have to wait so I'm happy......thanks again
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August 16, 2010 6:19:10 AM

do you do CAD? or some other RAM heavy task?

Its just that 12gb is a HUGE amount of RAM. there are few places where more than that would be needed.

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August 16, 2010 9:03:08 AM

For most tasks,4GB suffices.I recommend 8GB only for heavy image/video editing or rendering.I don't you'll need more than 8GB in any game/app
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August 26, 2010 7:20:57 AM

Best answer selected by shecklen.
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