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How much RAM do I REALLY need?

Hello, I am almost done wrapping up my plans for my Desktop build.

I had one final question, how much ram will I need?

I could save about $50 going with 8gb compared to 16gb.

I play pretty graphically intense games, such as Crysis and Skyrim, and was wondering how much RAM I will need.

System Specs:
Case: CM Storm Enforcer
Hard Drive: Seagate 500gb 7200rpm
Boot Drive: 120gb Sandisk SSD
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w
RAM: Corsair Vengance LP ???gb
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth z77
CPU: Intel 3530k
GPU: ASUS Nvidia 670
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master v8

Also, if you have any recommendations for me, feel free to say so!

Thanks,
Brenden
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  1. Best answer
    Get 16GB and never look back.

    Its cheap and it allows u to do more things with your PC, than just 8GB.

    Just learn about the RAMdisc and u will understand.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233239
  2. Or I like this one yet. Get advantage of the faster RAM with decent quality RAM.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231499
  3. Is it better to have 4 sticks or 2? I thought 2 slots on the motherboard were faster than the other two, so wouldn't 2 be more ideal?
  4. I was just going to post it : ) It puts less strain on the memory controler and it leaves u with room to upgrade to more RAM.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231528
  5. ok, thanks for your input.

    Would you suggest anything else with my build? I think I will start purchasing if not, lol.
  6. Whats the CPU? 3570K?
  7. yeah
  8. sorry, mistype on original post
  9. Brmiller13, its always best to post links where are u buying.

    That way we can get u some parts even cheaper, because they have a deal u might not know about.
  10. To know the prices, I think we can do better on some of the parts.

    If u are paying more than $214.98 USD for CPU, u are paying too much.

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Intel
  11. Okay, I'll definitely look at that one. Is there any monitor that would be better for at or under the price range?
  12. Read this...

    POWER SUPPLY REQUIREMENT FOR GRAPHICS CARDS

  13. Is that for all of the components plus the GPU?
  14. Your PSU is 700W, but I would go with ....

    Much better suited for the latest power hungry GPU's.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
  15. So does wattage not matter as much in this case?
  16. U need only 500W. But the OCZ PSU is old PSU now.

    The newer PSU's have a better power design.
  17. I mean, it will work, but there are better PSU's now : )
  18. Ok, thanks!
  19. OK, for the monitor, is there any special reasons to get that size? (21.5in)
  20. not really, but I read on top ten reviews that it was number 2, and had one of the best displays.
  21. What matters, is how u will set it up at home : )

    Are u gaming in the room with light? Or dark? Against the window?

    Or do u have a reflection in the screen?

    All these can make that great review go away.

    It is a good monitor. But I personally like larger screen than smaller.
  22. My ceiling light does change, but I do not have a window directly facing where it will be. I am personally a fan of ASUS products, so http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052 will probably be the one I choose.
  23. Its always good to see it in the store : ) If possible.

    Get a usb pen drive and run some profiles, to see the contrast after u will adjust the brightness and contrast levels.

    Can u see all the colors?

  24. Yes I can
  25. And this.

  26. Great, it helps to see if the monitor can display all the colors, so u know if u wanna buy.
  27. An these to see the light distribution. If there are light spots,

    it may not be the best LCD to have.





  28. ok, thanks.

    I am now having second thoughts on the GPU though...The build in total so far is about 1,250 without the GPU.

    Granted, I could remove the SSD and save another $100.
  29. Best answer selected by Brmiller13.
  30. I'm hoping to build a workstation capable of running 6-8 virtual machines. I'm thinking about getting 32 gigs of ram.
  31. Brmiller13 said:
    ok, thanks.

    I am now having second thoughts on the GPU though...The build in total so far is about 1,250 without the GPU.

    Granted, I could remove the SSD and save another $100.

    Well, u could save on mobo, and get ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Average Rating
    (34 reviews)
    Write a Review
    HardOCP Gold Award, Wi-Fi GO! USB BIOS Flashback
    In stock.

    was: $199.99
    $189.99+$4.99 Shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    That's a solid mobo all around.
  32. And u can always get the SSD later : )
  33. OK, and what GPU are u looking for?
  34. Did u see this?

    If u are paying more than $214.98 USD for CPU, u are paying too much.

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Intel
  35. Good luck!
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