16gb DDR3 Kit

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=N82E16820227320

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
11 answers Last reply
More about 16gb ddr3
  1. 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 $44.99. 8 or 12 gb is plenty.
  2. The ram you have now is good and you likely won't even ever use 8GB, so I wouldn't even bother.
  3. you can add more more fancier ram that matches yours
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 4GB 45$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226221 8GB 95$

    or you can replace it all together and get 16GB for 80$$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220629
    the only difference is Cas, but i take more over bit faster anytime
    it is up to your budget as well thou, how much looking to spend??
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ^^
  7. 64bit Windows 7
  8. 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.
  9. I'm also an avid gamer, I play all of the newest games when the come out. Mod3, BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR, etc.
  10. all good then, get the CL7 ram to add to yours 4gb
    Today with win 7 magic number is total system ram is 8GB.
    so get 4gb more and you be set
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303
    this ram very good and matches yours
  11. 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.

Ask a new question

Read More

Memory Tom's Hardware