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Plz help w/RAM upgrade :)

Hello all,

I'm an owner of a Dell Studio XPS 435MT and I wanted to update RAM. During regular web/email browsing my RAM meter is at 40-50%, and when I play BF3 (ultra) it goes all the way up to 97%, the FPS is around 60-70, but I get a little lag, which I suspect is due to the limited ram.

I know that my OS supports up to 16GB of RAM, and there are various opinions out there how much RAM is enough, I have the following questions to the community:

1) The Crucial.com tool (http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=346219C9A5CA7304), recommends 4x4GB Ballistix memory sticks for a price of around 110$ (with shipping) for my PC model. Newegg has great G.SKILL sticks for a little cheaper (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314), but I'm not sure whether they will be compatible. Can someone please tell me what search words (I used DDR3-1600) do I have to use and which ones will be actually compatible? Truth be told I really like the CORSAIR/G.SKILL sticks, because they look cool in my new case, and will save me 10-20$ vs the Ballistix.

2) Should I go for 16GB or 8-12GB for gaming purposes?

Thanks in advance!

PC specs: i7 920 2.67Ghz, GTX570, Corsair 750W, Windows Vista (64-bit) Home Premium, 4GB RAM (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/435MT/)
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  1. get two of these if you want 16GB and have the money

    there might not be much of a difference between 8GB and 16GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
  2. There is no difference in 8 or 16 unless you do alot. 8 seems to be the sweet spot for most people, but if you can afford 16 why not, its not a whole lot of money for RAM.
  3. Thanks for the replies! So, will the G.SKILL work and be compatible with my PC if I order them?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
  4. It would work here are some other good cheaper choices as well RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416#top

    RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544#top

    RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546#top
  5. Best answer
    dennisdliu said:
    Thanks for the replies! So, will the G.SKILL work and be compatible with my PC if I order them?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    I don't see why not ;)
  6. Okay thanks, before I proceed with the order (G.SKILL) I noticed from other forums that the RAM runs at 1066 Mhz. And looks like I'm ordering 1600's. I'm okay if the system automatically underclocks the RAM, but just want to make sure that it won't crash and burn my system.
  7. It won't crash and burn your pc lol no worries! ;)
  8. Best answer selected by dennisdliu.
  9. Thanks to everyone! It worked! I ended up keeping 16GB worth of RAM vs 4GB previously. Some say it's totally useless, but I keep 2 monitors and often do a good amount of projects on my PC. The GSKILL looks good in my case, and my restart/logoff/loading times have improved by a large margin!
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