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AM3 + DDR3 build how many ram sticks??

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February 17, 2011 4:21:07 AM

I am buying a MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard and it has four memory slots. How many sticks do I buy? a pair, four or three? Sorry to seem stupid but I want to get it right, Thanks for the help
February 17, 2011 6:40:03 AM

Seeing unless you have workstation functions, etc 4GB is plenty so 2 x 2 ?
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February 17, 2011 11:58:45 AM

That Motherboard supports dual channel RAM, so in order to take advantage of that you need to populate the slots in multiples of 2. Three sticks will throw you into single channel mode and cause possible performance degradation.
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February 17, 2011 3:17:03 PM

clarkjd said:
That Motherboard supports dual channel RAM, so in order to take advantage of that you need to populate the slots in multiples of 2. Three sticks will throw you into single channel mode and cause possible performance degradation.

Thanks for the response. I will go with 2 pair of 2gig ea sticks, 8 total. 2 now and 2 more later as funds increase. We do alot of video and music editing using Sony vegas 7. More mem is helpful. I know its not the greatest board but I'm stuck with a 300 bucks limit :p 
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February 17, 2011 3:32:02 PM

$300 total for what? the whole PC?
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February 17, 2011 6:41:13 PM

I have a 500 gig WD black and a gt240 video card as well. Not to mention win 7 pro my wife got me for Christmas. I just needed something that supported the new software as well as the old I'm not giving up
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February 17, 2011 7:38:59 PM

hmm.

$300 should get a quad core phenom ii 965 ($150), 8 GB of DDR3-1333 ($78), and an AS Rock 880GM ($60)
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February 17, 2011 8:37:38 PM

With AM3 it's better to put 8GB in only 2 slots in dual channel - I mean go for 2 sticks of 4GB. It's more stable. And you can also upgrade if feel later , keeping what you have.
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February 18, 2011 6:57:27 AM

+1 in fact i would cut down to a no frills board and hit 4GB module x 2 :p 
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February 27, 2011 11:48:23 PM

Best answer selected by dracofalcon.
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