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4GB, 6GB, or 8GB RAM?

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June 23, 2011 5:01:23 AM

Here are my choices:

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

Would I notice the difference if I paid more for the higher RAM? Under what circumstances would the 8GB be worth it?

Thanks!

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June 23, 2011 5:22:39 AM

What are you doing with your computer? gaming? 4gigs....photo editing? 8 gigs
June 23, 2011 5:45:12 AM

No gaming. Internet, downloading movies, YouTube/Hulu. Do you mean professional photo editing? I just edit photos with Picasa or Windows. But I want to be able to do all of these things at once.
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June 23, 2011 11:04:42 AM

You are probably using a motherboard that uses two DIMMs per channel, so the 6GB kits are not appropriate - they are for LGA1366 motherboards, which use three DIMMs per channel.

Nothing you listed requires much memory - 4GB would probably suffice.

However, the current price on 8GB kits is well under US$100 ($80-$90 is common), which is a pittance compared to what it used to be. It seems pointless to try to economise on RAM - just get the 8GB and don't worry about it :) 
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