How Much Ram to Buy and Which One?

Virtual OS
HD
Blu-ray
Games - Crysis2,Battelefield 3,Metro 2033
Web - 20-40tabs
Video Editing


Mutiple Instances and Windows of the above


1)How much?

2)Mhz?

3)Brand?

4)In-brand label - like Dominator,vengeance in corsair

5)Volts?
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  1. depend on rest of your specs but if you have i5 setup then you need to go with 12gb of ddr3 1600mhz g.skill ripjaws ram search on newegg.
  2. Actually a 2x8gb kit of DDR 3 would work nicely. The 12gb kits were more for the old socket 1366 triple channel motherboards.
  3. xtreme5 said:
    depend on rest of your specs but if you have i5 setup then you need to go with 12gb of ddr3 1600mhz g.skill ripjaws ram search on newegg.



    sorry

    i forgot to mention

    i do video editing


    I have Core i7 2600k and Radeon 7970
  4. tlmck said:
    Actually a 2x8gb kit of DDR 3 would work nicely. The 12gb kits were more for the old socket 1366 triple channel motherboards.


    do i need to do 8gb kits

    can't i do 4gbx4
  5. You can do 4x4gb kits if your board has 4 slots. I was thinking in terms of if you ever wanted to go beyond 16gb. Virtual machines can chew up some ram depending on how you set them up and how many you run at once.

    Also, if you go beyond 16gb, you would have to go to Windows 7 professional or Ultimate. Home Premium only goes to 16gb.
  6. tlmck said:
    You can do 4x4gb kits if your board has 4 slots. I was thinking in terms of if you ever wanted to go beyond 16gb. Virtual machines can chew up some ram depending on how you set them up and how many you run at once.

    Also, if you go beyond 16gb, you would have to go to Windows 7 professional or Ultimate. Home Premium only goes to 16gb.


    do i need 16gb?

    i have windows 7 ultimate
  7. snakenobi said:
    do i need 16gb?

    i have windows 7 ultimate


    Depending on how many instances of windows you run simultaneously you could easily partition out 16GB. Also, RAM is cheap, so why not?
  8. Agreed. Ram is cheap, but if you think all you need is 8gb for now, by all means go that route. Really good 2x4gb kits can be has for $40 and under these days.
  9. RAM used by video rendering is nothing compared to the CPU usage... It tops 99% most of the time on my old Phenom II X2 3.1GHz...
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