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16gb DDR3 Kit

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January 6, 2012 2:33:57 PM

Hi all, I've been lurking on Tom's Hardware for years but this is my first time posting. I am considering upgrading RAM considering the low prices and my current situation of having a little extra cash. I don't really know if I need to, I understand that 16gb is not necessary. But if it won't hurt me I am willing to throw the money down and populate the slots on my MB.

My specs:
ASUS Maximus III Formula Mobo
Intel i5 750
OCZ Reaper DDR3-1600 4gb (2x2gb) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I assume this is the only necessary information when considering a memory upgrade, if not let me know.



If anyone has some suggestions on a good 16gb kit of equal or greater quality to what I have now I'd be very appreciative. I really don't know if the RAM I have is what I want for my setup, I was sort of winging it when I put this PC together. If it would be better for me to settle for 8gb or 12gb and just add to the RAM that I have I would do that, but I assume there are better choices now.

Thanks ahead of time for your input.

-Arnett

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a c 128 } Memory
January 6, 2012 4:06:14 PM

Newegg must have had too many returns and dropped some or all of their ocz. Here's a good value upgrade. I wouldn't mix it with the ocz, but it might work anyway. Newegg link broke when editing post. The link is for gskill ripjaws 1600 8 gb for $44.99. 8 or 12 gb is plenty.
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a b } Memory
January 6, 2012 4:21:19 PM

The ram you have now is good and you likely won't even ever use 8GB, so I wouldn't even bother.
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January 6, 2012 9:58:37 PM

A few questions I have:

Geek, you say I have enough RAM. Do you think above 4gb is COMPLETE overkill?

o1die, why wouldn't you mix that with the current OCZ?

Finally, if my 4gb right now is completely all I need, is the RAM I have now good? I honestly picked it because it had the lowest timings I could find, and I recalled someone telling me low timings are good. I popped it in, checked it and it had what it claimed so that's what I've been running. I vaguely remember running memtest on it too.

I really am not in the market because what I have isn't any good, I just saw that the market was ridiculous on memory these days and figured I'd jump on 16gb. But if it's really pointless I can't justify spending the money. If I will get any increase in performance though I'd like to do it.

If I can't mix and an upgrade is worth it I'll just get 16gb. If I can mix and an upgrade is worth it I'll add 8gb. Otherwise if others concur and an upgrade is not worth it I'll save my extra money.

Thanks so much for the responses thus far, you guys are a big help.
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a c 128 } Memory
January 6, 2012 10:01:56 PM

Mixing ram is never guaranteed for stability, but it won't hurt to try. I changed from 8 gb to 16 with four matching sticks, and I can't tell the difference.
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January 6, 2012 11:01:09 PM

I just realize that you didn't tell and nobody asked lol,
what is your operating system? Is it 32bit or 64bit
The need to upgrade or not actually depends on those questions ^^
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January 8, 2012 12:21:05 AM

64bit Windows 7
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January 8, 2012 12:22:21 AM

My budget is not too small, I can spend a chunk more than that $80 if it's really worth it. If I don't have to sacrifice speed to upgrade to 16gb I'd rather not.
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January 8, 2012 12:25:14 AM

I'm also an avid gamer, I play all of the newest games when the come out. Mod3, BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR, etc.
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January 9, 2012 12:18:06 AM

arnett said:
I'm also an avid gamer, I play all of the newest games when the come out. Mod3, BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR, etc.



When you purchase Memory, ensure that the memory kit is tested ok and the seller provides warranty or other services properly.

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