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12 gb of Ram OR better processor?

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August 9, 2011 10:28:27 PM

I posted this elsewhere, but realized it was in the wrong category..

I'm building a new computer, with this motherboard: It's an MSI 760GM-P35. (AM3)

The motherboard supports up to 16gb of ram, divided into 4 dimms. (DDR3)

Since I'm on a budget, I was thinking about these two options..

4Gb x3 & AMD Phenom II x4 840 3.2 Ghz L2 Cache 512x4 kb

~OR~

4Gb x2 & AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2 Ghz L2 Cache 512x4 kb L3 Cache 6mb

What should I do.. I'm thinking 8 Gb & the better processor, cause I can always upgrade the ram..

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a b V Motherboard
August 10, 2011 12:09:53 AM

The 3 sticks of ram are only for i7 processors which support triple channel memory configurations. For your Phenom, get the 2 4gig sticks.
August 10, 2011 1:45:13 AM

If that is true, then why would there be an AMD motherboard with 4 dimms? I'm probably going to get the 2 4gigs, but now I'm confused?
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a b V Motherboard
August 10, 2011 1:57:41 AM

Because its meant for two pairs of sticks, same reason there are X58 boards with 6 dimms, two 3x2GB or 3x4GB kits. If you use 3 sticks on any other system it will run in single channel mode, cutting the bandwidth down to that of a single stick rather than two sticks running in parallel. For any motherboard except for X58 boards, memory should be installed in pairs of matching sticks.
August 10, 2011 8:14:24 PM

So does this mean that 2x4gb will be faster than 3x4g?
a b V Motherboard
August 10, 2011 10:37:21 PM

yes
August 10, 2011 11:07:34 PM

the 4 GB and phenom ii x4 955 is way much better than getting 12GB ram , its wasting you money =====================================================
August 11, 2011 1:28:38 AM

Alright.. Now I have another question.. I've got more funds coming up.. Should I use this on a better processor, or a budget gpu? I'm thinking about $50
a b V Motherboard
August 11, 2011 6:22:33 AM

whats your total budget? do you already have a motherboard? PSU? Case? other parts?
August 11, 2011 10:17:47 PM

I already have my other parts.. I have about $170 for processor&GPU.. should I get an awesome processor, or a budget gpu, and a great cpu?
a b V Motherboard
August 13, 2011 1:29:16 AM

ok. for $170 you can get a middling CPU and a middling GPU. Great GPUs start around $160.

You could get a 5670 for about $65 anbd an Athlon II X4 640 for $100, or an Athlon II X3 445 for $75 and a GTS 450 for about $100.
August 13, 2011 4:02:30 PM

Would I be better off doing that, or just getting a better processor?
August 13, 2011 4:12:26 PM

Unless your doing a lot of video editing/encoding etc then you dont really need more than 4-6gb of ram. If your main aim for this rig is gaming then you should always go for gpu over cpu. If you intend to use it more for web browsing/multitasking programs etc then you can afford to spend a little more on your cpu and a little less on your gpu.
August 13, 2011 5:40:05 PM

Without posting what parts you currently have it is hard to recommend what would be the best upgrade for you.
August 13, 2011 6:40:32 PM

I don't have anything else, this is a new build.. I've decided to get 2x4gb of RAM. Now I'm deciding on a processor.
I have the hard drive, & motherboard is posted above.
I think I might wait on a gpu, and just buy a cpu for now..
What's a good gpu for just a little bit of gaming, and some 3d cad? Hopefully for less than $100 or so.
August 13, 2011 6:44:46 PM

codestar4 said:
I don't have anything else, this is a new build.. I've decided to get 2x4gb of RAM. Now I'm deciding on a processor.
I have the hard drive, & motherboard is posted above.
I think I might wait on a gpu, and just buy a cpu for now..
What's a good gpu for just a little bit of gaming, and some 3d cad? Hopefully for less than $100 or so.



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I already have my other parts.. I have about $170 for processor&GPU.. should I get an awesome processor, or a budget gpu, and a great cpu?
I guess this is where I got confused. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... fill this out, and list the parts that you already have picked out, we will be able to help you out much easier that way.
August 15, 2011 12:27:46 AM

Alright, I'll do this :D 
August 15, 2011 1:43:08 AM

I posted the mobo in the very top post.
I'll look and see if I live near a Microcenter, I don't think I do.
August 15, 2011 1:45:44 AM

Nearest Microcenter is like 3 hours away.. won't be happening, since I don't drive yet.. lol
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