XPS 9100 is a triple channel RAM kit unit, runs LGA1366 socket motherboard.
you need 6GB like you listed in the second unit.
please go back and check your sources.
you get the CORRECT triple channel kit and the HD5870 with unit 1.
Strange... I looked at the base model (economy) which has the 4GB and just upgraded the video card to the 5870. It didn't stop me from doing this. I don't doubt you on this one, but it's not a big deal.
6 GB would be better and I could go that route as it only adds about $100 to the price.
it's a LGA1366 socket and it's optimized for triple channel memory configuration.
you should have 6GB(3x2GB) in slots 1,3 and 5.
i'm not saying that it won't run with 4GB but it will be in dual if in the correct slots but that system is meant for triple.
all it really means is that you won't be experiencing the units true speed and capabilities..
Thanks that clears things up.
So back to my question. Is one better or will they both work for what I need?
I've seen so many that I get confused.
OK, I got it....
believe it or not it is wrong....
the 9100 should have at least 6GB of RAM and the 8300 should have the 4GB.
the 9100 is a LGA1366 socket and the 8300 is a LGA1156 socket.
it might be a clerical error or whatever....
but I'm telling you as a tech, that you should check and see if the 9100 is LGA1366 and if it is then you need a triple channel kit, PERIOD.
and the 8300 if LGA1156 socket runs a dual channel kit, PERIOD.
so I'm asking you to PLEASE look into that.
please look at my signature (when comes back up, seems to be having technical difficulties ATM)
and at least give me the benefit of the doubt for being so adamant about it.
either you are going to get a LGA1366 on dual channel not triple or you will get a LGA1156 running single channel and not dual channel.
(unless the LGA1156 board has 6GB of RAM configured like this:
4GB(2x2GB)+ 2GB(2x1GB) filling up all four RAM slots)
and having a full set of RAM isn't optimal either but that's entirely a different story..
I don't doubt you in the least on this one. My reply to you was intended to be self doubtful as I'm not quite sure that what they are offering makes sense to me after conversing with you. From everything I've read 1366 works best with triple channel. The 4GB was just me being cheap and I'll make that upgrade if I choose the 9100.
For the 8300 I think you meant to say LGA1155 as the cpu's offered are all sandy bridge. However, you're quite right on the memory issue again.
thanx for the clarification including the LGA1155 and not LGA1156, typo.
I was so frustrated when typing becuase I new something wasn't right.
let me know what you find and if need me for a resource just yell.
No worries, I appreciate your help with this. I'll check into it and get back to you.
8GB(2x4GB) is a good move.
gfx card is also a good move.
I have to double check that 8GB again. It looks like 4x2GB instead
Good to know that I could get the 5870. Although the 460W PS seems small for that upgrade. I used a ps calc and 460W is pushing it for the 930 & 5870. 2600 would be a bit better power wise, but that's still too close for me.
I could always get the 2600 with the 5770 and upgrade the PS and card later to the 6000 series. I think the make or break is the RAM situation. If I can't get dual channel using less than 4 slots would the 930 with triple channel (6GB) be the better choice?
Yeah, I think I'll go that direction. I know the 2600 is better. It was that tempting 5870 option on the 9100. The 5770 is good for what I need. You can't always get what you want... But sometimes you get what you need (sorry to paraphrase mick).
Thanks for all of the help. I really appreciate it.