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September 19, 2011 11:26:21 AM

Hi all, just a quick pointer please

Im building my own pc on a budget, not too low, not too high, anyhows, Ive started with Crosshair IV Formula, 1090T CPU & an 850W PSU

I have yet to buy the Case, RAM or GPU. I will likely aim for a HD6950 to eventually crossfire

The Mobo takes upto 16gb of RAM, will I need this much or will I get away with 2x2gb sticks

With regards to the RAM, I will add to it but dont want to make what I buy redundant, so say when I eventually add to it, would 4x2gb sticks be enough or should I start with 2x4gb now so I can add another 8gb later, or maybe 2x2gb now & add 2x4gb later giving me 12gb or maybe u'll say 2 x 4gb now & leave it at that ?? not really sure

Prime uses will be highest I can on gaming & movies, thats it

Not sure whats best but didnt really want to be spending £70 on RAM now

Appreciate any advice


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September 19, 2011 11:49:12 AM

4GB will probably do you fine for gaming and movies. I have 4GB of RAM and I use about 1.7GB at idle, mainly because it caches a lot of it as well. There isn't really no need to go over 4GB unless you're going to have many programs open at once, or are going to do a lot of 3D or Video Editing work.

Check out,... if you haven't already.

Your best bet is to get 4, and if that doesn't do your needs then you can get another 4 later on.
September 19, 2011 11:56:18 AM

with 8 GB DDR3, you can do anything(gaming like crysis,metro 2033,video editing,multitasking etc.).so go for 8 gb 2X4 gb sticks so you can also get 16 gb in future.
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September 19, 2011 11:57:19 AM

Nice one Same, off to get 2x2's then ;) 

Cheers, dont u just love forums ;) 

Now I need to know what the lottery numbers are for this Friday ??
September 19, 2011 11:58:36 AM

Cheers Hellfire, damn, I knew I would hit a dilema, sheesh, oh what to do ....
September 19, 2011 12:02:15 PM

2x2 would be fine, and if you need 8 you can get another 2x2, or if you want 12 get another 2x4. I doubt there is going to be a need in the near (3 -5 years) future for more than 12GB of RAM in a system anyway, by which stage you'd be looking to upgrade again.
September 19, 2011 12:12:43 PM

Good point Sam, I know Im not starting at the top end but I dod expect to upgrade at some time in the way distant future. I think Im gonna stick with 2x2 & will try not to call u Same again (instead of Sam in my last post)

Cheers again, now to choose between Ripjaws or Vengeance lol