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How much RAM do I REALLY need?

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July 2, 2012 9:18:38 AM

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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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:22:57 AM

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=N82E168...
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July 2, 2012 9:27:15 AM

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?
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July 2, 2012 9:29:17 AM

ok, thanks for your input.

Would you suggest anything else with my build? I think I will start purchasing if not, lol.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:32:08 AM

Whats the CPU? 3570K?
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July 2, 2012 9:32:58 AM

sorry, mistype on original post
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:33:31 AM

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.
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July 2, 2012 9:38:35 AM
July 2, 2012 9:43:15 AM

Okay, I'll definitely look at that one. Is there any monitor that would be better for at or under the price range?
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:45:53 AM

Read this...

POWER SUPPLY REQUIREMENT FOR GRAPHICS CARDS

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July 2, 2012 9:47:18 AM

Is that for all of the components plus the GPU?
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July 2, 2012 9:54:26 AM

So does wattage not matter as much in this case?
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:56:13 AM

U need only 500W. But the OCZ PSU is old PSU now.

The newer PSU's have a better power design.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 9:57:03 AM

I mean, it will work, but there are better PSU's now : )
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July 2, 2012 9:57:35 AM

Ok, thanks!
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July 2, 2012 9:58:05 AM

OK, for the monitor, is there any special reasons to get that size? (21.5in)
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July 2, 2012 9:59:59 AM

not really, but I read on top ten reviews that it was number 2, and had one of the best displays.

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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 10:04:57 AM

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.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 10:19:17 AM

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?

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July 2, 2012 10:21:21 AM

Yes I can
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 10:23:57 AM

And this.

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July 2, 2012 10:25:11 AM

Great, it helps to see if the monitor can display all the colors, so u know if u wanna buy.
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July 2, 2012 10:30:11 AM

An these to see the light distribution. If there are light spots,

it may not be the best LCD to have.





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July 2, 2012 10:33:14 AM

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.
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July 2, 2012 10:57:05 AM

Best answer selected by Brmiller13.
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July 2, 2012 11:12:19 AM



I'm hoping to build a workstation capable of running 6-8 virtual machines. I'm thinking about getting 32 gigs of ram.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 11:35:15 AM

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
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That's a solid mobo all around.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 2, 2012 11:36:31 AM

And u can always get the SSD later : )
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July 2, 2012 11:36:51 AM

OK, and what GPU are u looking for?
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a c 146 } Memory
July 3, 2012 3:32:22 PM

Good luck!
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July 3, 2012 3:32:36 PM

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