8 gb? or is 4 enough

Keeping it short and sweet. I am upgrading here shortly and am trying to decide if I should spring on more ram or save some cash. After all If I won't see much of a return why bother.


AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz (crossing fingers for a core unlock here. If not though no big)
Radeon HD 6850
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

So yes its a budget pc. Nothing really outstanding but good price to performance. So is 8gb just overkill?

PS. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104163 This ram seems to have shockingly good specs for the price and yet has few reviews. I am wondering if there is something I am missing here? Anyone know about this ram?
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forums! :)

    Unless you're rendering 4GB is recommended for 64-bit OS and 2GB for 32-bit OS. If your're not rendering then take the extra cash to upgrade your CPU. BTW the {KHX1333C7D3K4/8GX} is not listed for the BIOSTAR; it 'should' but I'd contact Kingston to be 100% certain http://www.kingston.com/company/contact.asp Also, for 8GB I would recommend a 2X4GB kit which is more efficient in Dual Channel.

    Tested RAM -> http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/modelsinfo.asp?SysID=62804&mfr=Biostar&model=A770E3+Motherboard&search_type=&root=us&LinkBack=http://www.kingston.com&Sys=62804-Biostar-A770E3+Motherboard&distributor=0&submit1=Search

    edit: BTW 64-bit OS is required for >4GB of RAM.
  2. you did not say what speed your current memory is but this is a great deal. for an extra $20 you 4 GB of memory more.

    haven't seen any apps that really will make use of 8GB
  3. /facepalm Forgive me for leaving the OS out. Its 64 bit Win 7.

    Thank you. I thought as much. I did not feel I needed more then 4 gb really. I dont render and even if i did it would not be enough to be worth it. I honestly think allot of ppl go over board on the ram. (Companys like dell being the biggest reason. Sticking 8gb ram in pcs with low specs and no reason to have that much ram.)

    The only reason I asked is that ram I linked was very tempting for the price but tempting as it is its not needed.

    My current ram is old. Not even sure off the top of my head. This upgrade is pretty much a whole new pc. Just keeping the case/power supply and HDD.

    Thanks I will poke around for a 4gb set with good latency/Timing for a good price then. If anyone has suggestions please do share :).

    Also thank you for the welcome. Been reading toms hardware for a long long time just never felt the need to post before now.
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