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Building a new computer, 4 gigs vs 8 gigs ram for the peiced I already

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September 15, 2010 10:25:50 PM

have?

Considering buying

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as opposed to

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M4A1333C7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card is
PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE1XEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

monitor supports 1920x1080 so im hoping to run most current games on max on that resolution. Other pieces are up to standards, so if you need to know, just ask.

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September 15, 2010 10:41:17 PM

Vid card is irrelevant...what MoBo ? What OS ? What are you doing with it ?

The 1st set is CAS 9 (slower timings) and will limit your "guaranteed" overclocking to 1600

The 2nd set is CAS 7 (faster timings) and will limit your "guaranteed" overclocking to 1333

I'd go w/ CAS 7 (or even 6) DDR3-1600

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September 15, 2010 11:07:48 PM

If you are looking to do more gaming, you'd be better off going with 4GB of ram and a newer graphics if that is within your budget. The difference between prices in the 4GB and 8GB ram modules would allow you to buy a gtx 460 instead of that 9800gt.

Thats my two cents.
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September 15, 2010 11:14:39 PM

Agree with dassox. For a gaming machine, video card is much more important to run high details at 1920x1080 than more RAM. 4 GB of 1600 MHz CL7 should run about $100, like this G.Skill ECO Series kit. That's $150 saved over the Dominators, and better spec RAM than the XMS3.

For $170, you can get a 768 MB GTX 460, which will run ok at 1920x1080, if not amazing. If you haven't bought the 9800 GT yet, you're looking at about $250 (?) available to spend, which could get you a 1 GB GTX 460, a 5830, or it would be very close to a 5850.

Alternatively, if your motherboard supports SLI, you could consider getting another 9800 for the time being for around $100, and upgrade your video card(s) down the line.
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