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My motherboard supports up to 24gb of memory and has six slots. I mainly use my PC for gaming, how much RAM will I really need for my PC? 6 or 12gb? If I decide to get 12/24 gb will my PC utilise all the RAM?
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  1. I'll assume you're using a 64-bit OS, because if not, you won't use more than 3.75GB, regardless of your mobo's limitation. Generally, gaming isn't very demanding on RAM. You really won't need more than 4GB (2GB, really, but if you're rocking Windows Vista or 7, the mininum for 64-bit is 2GB; so add in 2GB for gaming and you get 4GB.

    What are your system specs?
  2. My system specs will be (as not assembled yet)
    Intel core i7 980 3.33GHz
    CORSAIR H-50-1 HIGH PERFORMANCE CPU COOLER
    Gigabyte MOBO GA-X58A-UD7 Intel x58 (socket 1366)
    ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 480 AMP EDITION
    M1000 SILENT PRO COOLERMASTER PSU
    WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 64-BIT
    WESTERN DIGITAL BLACK 2 X 640Ggb SATA 6gb/s 64MB CACHE HARD DRIVE
    CASE- COOLERMASTER RC-1000 COSMOS
    SOUND CARD- CREATIVE BLASTER X-fI Titanium - Fatal1ty professional series 7.1 Sound Card
    was thinking of installing 6GB RAM 2000 Mhz (3 modules) or can install 12GB 1600 Mhz (3 modules-but more expensive option).
  3. 6GB is more than enough. 12 GB is too much, only use this if you run AutoCAD, 3D rendering, while doing other intensive tasks, 24 GB well,... this is for a server running several virtual machines.

    I recommend install 6 GB first, and see the results. If you decide to need more RAM, you can buy other 6 GB another time.
  4. Thankyou for your advice well appreciated
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