I just built a more budget computer i designed for gaming, but have been interested in the Adobe Suite for quite awhile and have gotten decently comfortable with it .
Anyways I only have 4GB RAM in my PC (2x2). I was thinking when I got some more RAM I could do 4x4 for a total of 12GB, keep the dual channel and get more RAM out of it (Instead of another 2x2). Then I thought some more and i realized that this might stop me from having dual channel....
So can I have 2x2x4x4 and stay in dual channel? I know the benefits are small(er), but I was just curious...
My (Budget) Build:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
AMD Athlon II x3 445 (Planning on a OC and haven't tried unlocking)
4GB G. Skill Ripjaw Series 1600
64GB Kingston SSD (200 MB/s)
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
Never had any problems filling the RAM slots, but after reading malmental's posts I did some digging and found that having all the DIMM slots filled can cause issues... I didn't need the 12GB, was just wondering if that was possible .
Would things work out better if I just upgraded to another set of 2x2? I don't want to get rid of the 2x2 yet as the system is almost brand new and the 4GB is serving me well at the moment.
Maybe in a year when I plan on replacing the CPU/Mobo (For Sandy/Bulldozer after they both come out and show which actually run faster) I will replace my RAM with bigger sets.
It's just me.. if I CAN put more into my system.. I will. It's a slow way of spending A LOT of money lol. I have a £1200 rig that's cost me £3500 because I've upgraded it slowly.. and instead of getting say a new M/B with faster RAM, I just buy more RAM lol. I believe I'm now at a point where only SSD would help speeds.. aside from a whole new build.
Anyway gidgidgidgidididddd (something like that) you've already got a nice machine, and 12GB RAM probably wouldn't give you much of an edge on anything unless you're rendering video all day.
I have 8GB of RAM and VERY rarely get past 50% usage. In a couple of games it pushes 60%.. but like now.. I have music playing, MSN and emails open, this forum open (in several tabs) and I'm at 28% utilised.