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October 27, 2011 6:34:22 PM

Building new system, changing back from an iMac. Last PC I built 2GB pc3200 was real High-End :)  Seeing that the pricing is totally changed, 16GB purchase is very affordable... but is 12GB and over just overkill and added heat?

Thanks.

Rob.

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October 27, 2011 7:00:43 PM

12GB? A bit much. You could save yourself some $$ and get 8GB. Unless your doing CAD work - I don't think 12GB will do anything for you. I would say 8GB right now is a sweet spot for everything.

The added heat from 12GB of ram would be negligable vs 8GB.

But really it comes down to your choice. Do you want to spend $$ for extra ram for little gains?
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October 27, 2011 8:42:24 PM

Gains can be significant but not in gaming.

You would see large gains in video editing, CAD, VM work, etc. Just not in gaming. I run 12gb because I run VMs.
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October 27, 2011 9:29:02 PM

If you're building a dual-channel system, I'd get 16GB and call it a day. This way you can run without system cache and still have 30 tabs + torrents + whatever open while you're playing games.

At this point I have 6GB and Crysis 2 DX11 + high-res texture pack is crashing while loading a large map (basically any map other than the very first one). Crysis 2 DX9 worked fine though. Crytek recommends 8GB for the DX11 version.

I also occasionally get system out of memory errors if I run Dragon Age II at the same time as a few tabs in Chrome.

I couldn't find an extra 6GB kit of my RAM, so I ordered a 12GB one today. I don't think I'll be RAM blocked anymore.
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October 28, 2011 2:33:00 AM

Yea that' sounds right. eventually something's gonna demand more RAM, and i'll be ready for it.

new system will have 16GB... that's settled.
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