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December 28, 2011 4:45:19 AM

Morning Peeps

Quick question.

I have at the moment 2 x 2GB sticks of Ram in my Rig. As its 800mhz i want to get it up to 1333mhz as thats the maximum my board will take.

However, i am better getting 4 sticks of ram using all 4 slots on my mobo or just using 2 slots. My plan is to get 4 x 2GB in the future.

Also what does all this dual channel and unganged stuff mean in real terms.

Cheers in advance.
December 28, 2011 5:38:21 AM

If you have a dual channel build and you plan on pushing your memory to its limits, don't use more than 2 sticks. Heck you can get 2 x 4GB sticks of 1600mhz for about $40 from muskin or kingston. I spend more than that on alcohol in a week. Keeps the wife looking good.

Good luck!
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December 28, 2011 6:26:10 AM

deejayburnout said:
Morning Peeps

Quick question.

I have at the moment 2 x 2GB sticks of Ram in my Rig. As its 800mhz i want to get it up to 1333mhz as thats the maximum my board will take.

However, i am better getting 4 sticks of ram using all 4 slots on my mobo or just using 2 slots. My plan is to get 4 x 2GB in the future.

Also what does all this dual channel and unganged stuff mean in real terms.

Cheers in advance.

Well, make sure u have x64bit Windows to maximize the RAM.

8GB and more of the RAM is great for the smoothness of the Windows running everyday tasks and games.

As far as OC of the RAM, the gain is small and u will see it only in the benchmarks.
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December 28, 2011 6:29:58 AM

what mother board do you have..... and do you realize it's not going to make any discernible difference ?
December 28, 2011 7:40:10 AM

My board is a Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3.

It has 4 slots for mem and am toying with the idea to add more ram to no more than 8GB.

I am upgrading all my components as my rig is a bit dated.
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December 28, 2011 7:47:23 AM

deejayburnout said:
My board is a Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3.

It has 4 slots for mem and am toying with the idea toadd more ram to no more than 8GB.

I am upgrading all my components as my rig is a bit dated.

If I would be u, I would fill the RAM and get cheap small ~50GB SSD like Vertex2. That will give u the best kick in the performance of the PC that u have.

Next would be a latest CPU!
December 28, 2011 10:23:16 AM

i have got a 60GB Vertex SSD for a Windows boot drive.

Next is a Phenom II x4 955 or above

I might just buy another 2 x 2GB ram sticks to upgrade if the mhz difference shows no obvious improvement.
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December 28, 2011 10:28:00 AM

deejayburnout said:
i have got a 60GB Vertex SSD for a Windows boot drive.

Next is a Phenom II x4 955 or above

I might just buy another 2 x 2GB ram sticks to upgrade if the mhz difference shows no obvious improvement.

More RAM, yes u will benefit.

Faster RAM, yes u will benefit too in range of seconds to milliseconds. Something hard to notice.

My 2 cents... : )
December 28, 2011 10:35:23 AM

Your MB supports only DDR2, it costs about 2x more and will not make that huge of a difference. I rarely see RAM usage in excess of ~3GB, except on my DAW.
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December 28, 2011 10:42:31 AM

aasgoroth said:
Your MB supports only DDR2, it costs about 2x more and will not make that huge of a difference. I rarely see RAM usage in excess of ~3GB, except on my DAW.

I use daily more than 10GB of RAM all day long... I wouldn't, if I would not have it.
December 28, 2011 11:03:38 AM

nikorr said:
I use daily more than 10GB of RAM all day long... I wouldn't, if I would not have it.

I don't imply that no one needs that much RAM. Depends on what software you use. I have 12 gigs in my rig and the only times RAM usage jumps above ~30% is when I use DAW.
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December 28, 2011 11:10:09 AM

aasgoroth said:
I don't imply that no one needs that much RAM. Depends on what software you use. I have 12 gigs in my rig and the only times RAM usage jumps above ~30% is when I use DAW.

I am just saying that its better, to have more than less,

especially when RAM is so cheap : )
December 28, 2011 11:14:27 AM

I have never saw my rig use more than 2.5 GB at any one time.

My rig is being geared towards gaming, however I like my computer to be quick and responsive.

Is is work paying for new RAM which probably only 266mhz faster if I go for 1066mhz. Will the payoff be worth it. It it better to buy another 2 sticks of 800mhz instead

If not I might just stick with what I have got, and concentrate on a new Phenom II

Thanks Peeps.
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December 28, 2011 11:18:19 AM

deejayburnout said:
I have never saw my rig use more than 2.5 GB at any one time.

My rig is being geared towards gaming, however I like my computer to be quick and responsive.

Is is work paying for new RAM which probably only 266mhz faster if I go for 1066mhz. Will the payoff be worth it. It it better to buy another 2 sticks of 800mhz instead

If not I might just stick with what I have got, and concentrate on a new Phenom II

Thanks Peeps.

Well, all that is up to u : )
December 28, 2011 6:32:46 PM

nikorr said:
Well, all that is up to u : )


Totally.

Been looking into it a bit more and the best way forward to make my system faster is get a new Phenom II.

80 earth pounds will buy me 8GB of faster mem that will give me very little improvement

80 earth pounds would also buy me a Phenom II X4 965 3.4G that will be a big improvement.

A no brainer really

CPU it is.

Thanks for all you help here guys
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December 28, 2011 8:05:26 PM

it says DDR21066 standard........ you can't put 1333 on it....... that's DDR3 memory. you board doesn't support it. populating with 1066 memory will do nothing to help to be honest.
December 28, 2011 8:20:54 PM

Its says it 1333 OC.

Not sure I wanna OC anything. I am a firm believer that if you want something faster, buy the fastesy you can.

March 28, 2012 12:35:02 PM

Purcchased the extra 4GB and all is well.

So much better having the swap file off and more ram for my games.
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