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October 27, 2012 6:13:12 PM


Hey guys i'm looking to increase my computers ram here's my cp http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1762/1/
now i was wondering could i just buy a 8 gb ram stick take out one of my 4gb and then have 12 gb (im fine with 12gb) would this work? and also im pretty good at installing (its very easy) but im wondering do i have to do anything to the motherboard before i start this upgrade like tell it instead of 8gb ram make sure it uses 12 or something and im looking to spend the least amount of the money as i can thank you guys


extra info: i play sc2 and other computer games while streaming and i think an increasse of ram would help improve my fps

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a c 347 } Memory
October 27, 2012 7:50:54 PM

I'm confused here, according to the build you linked it's already 8GB 2x4GB as below. No doubt 8GB of RAM is better than 4GB, but mix-matching RAM isn't recommended.

Clearly the biggest bottleneck is your HD 6670 GPU. If using the iGPU then yep DDR3-1866 is recommended and will yield faster frame rates, but the HD 6670 is by far your primary problem and is the first place I'd spend my money. Also the HD 6670 is not a Crossfire GPU so you cannot buy a second. So I would look at the HD 7000 series or GTX 600 series and replace your GPU.

Affects of 4GB vs 8GB - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

Gamer Ultra 2098 Features:

AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core CPU
Gigabyte M68MT-S2 Motherboard
8GB DDR3 1333 (2 x 4GB) Memory w/ CL9 Timings
500GB SATA III 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM Hard Drive
24x DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Optical Drive
AMD 6670 1GB DDR3 PCI-e Video Card
500 Watt Power Supply
AZZA Orion PC Case (Black / Red)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard & Mouse
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October 27, 2012 7:55:30 PM

Yeah don't mix and match the ram! Its cheap anyways you can pick up a brand new set of 8gb (2x4gb) for like 40bucks.

I would recommend a 7870GPU, runs like a charm and maxes out any game i throw at it.
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October 28, 2012 6:25:09 PM

morgilroka said:
Yeah don't mix and match the ram! Its cheap anyways you can pick up a brand new set of 8gb (2x4gb) for like 40bucks.

I would recommend a 7870GPU, runs like a charm and maxes out any game i throw at it.

would i need a new power supply for that gpu too?
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a c 347 } Memory
October 28, 2012 7:31:06 PM

PSU Calculator - http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

Where you are now is ~320W and with an HD 7870 ~420W so you should be fine.

I would recommend that you look at all the games you play and look at some benchmark reviews, just know your CPU also has an impact of rendering (FPS); see - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... So you'll need to factor-in CPU bottlenecking on some games, ideally with 'good' settings you want 45-60FPS minimums.

Example SC2 HD 7970 (Extreme settings):

ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

Example SC2 various GPU's (i7-2600K @ 4.5GHz / High settings) - Guessing @ 67% on FX-4100 55~68FPS:

ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...


ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/768-shader-pitcairn...

More links:
link HD 6950 - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gami...
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October 29, 2012 6:29:31 PM

jaquith said:
PSU Calculator - http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

Where you are now is ~320W and with an HD 7870 ~420W so you should be fine.

I would recommend that you look at all the games you play and look at some benchmark reviews, just know your CPU also has an impact of rendering (FPS); see - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... So you'll need to factor-in CPU bottlenecking on some games, ideally with 'good' settings you want 45-60FPS minimums.

Example SC2 HD 7970 (Extreme settings):
http://media.bestofmicro.com/G/P/324601/original/StarCraftII.png
ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

Example SC2 various GPU's (i7-2600K @ 4.5GHz / High settings) - Guessing @ 67% on FX-4100 55~68FPS:
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Q/J/328843/original/SC2%201920.png
ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/8/336320/original/1202%20Starcraft%202.png
ref - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/768-shader-pitcairn...

More links:
link HD 6950 - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gami...


so are you saying i should upgrade my cpu and gpu if so please recommend a cpu i should get
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a c 347 } Memory
October 29, 2012 9:58:47 PM

Ideally an Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, but for AMD FX-8350 which still has the bottlenecks though be less.
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October 30, 2012 4:07:14 PM

jaquith said:
Ideally an Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, but for AMD FX-8350 which still has the bottlenecks though be less.

would this work with my mobo and my psu if i got the amd 8350 and the 7870 would that all work with the current specs i have now or new supply too?
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a c 347 } Memory
October 30, 2012 5:32:00 PM

According to Gigabyte's site, currently the newer AMD 'Piledriver' CPU's are not supported. Your PSU is sized properly for an HD 7870 GPU and any of the CPU's listed below. You'd have to contact Gigabyte to find out if they plan further CPU support.

Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. 3.1) (supported CPU's) - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

Bulldozer:
AMD FX-8140 3200MHz
AMD FX-8120 3100MHz
AMD FX-8100 2800MHz
AMD FX-6120 3500MHz
AMD FX-6100 3300MHz
AMD FX-4150 3900MHz
AMD FX-4100 3600MHz
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October 30, 2012 6:21:30 PM

Best answer selected by dom8111.
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October 30, 2012 6:22:14 PM

jaquith said:
According to Gigabyte's site, currently the newer AMD 'Piledriver' CPU's are not supported. Your PSU is sized properly for an HD 7870 GPU and any of the CPU's listed below. You'd have to contact Gigabyte to find out if they plan further CPU support.

Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. 3.1) (supported CPU's) - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

Bulldozer:
AMD FX-8140 3200MHz
AMD FX-8120 3100MHz
AMD FX-8100 2800MHz
AMD FX-6120 3500MHz
AMD FX-6100 3300MHz
AMD FX-4150 3900MHz
AMD FX-4100 3600MHz

thank you very much im going to get the 7870 then later on a new cpu thank you very much
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a c 347 } Memory
October 30, 2012 6:44:25 PM

Good Luck and enjoy! :sol: 

It should be a massive improvement.
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November 1, 2012 12:07:42 AM

thank you!
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