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4 to 8? 1333-1866? Memory Upgrade Question.

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November 1, 2012 1:30:50 PM

Hi everybody! Been a long time. Built a system with the help of many of you about 2 years ago now. Still running great, but 2 years is about that time I look to start making upgrades.

I have an ASUS M4N98TD EVO, AMD 955 (OC to 4.0ghz) and currently 2 x 2gb of 1333mhz ram. I use it mostly for gaming...Counter-Strike and COD:BO. Games run fine, but looking at some upcoming releases that might need a bit more "machine" if you will.

I am of the impression that moving from my current mem to say 2 x 4gb of 1866mhz may yield some nice gains. Thoughts?

If so, there are a ton of options out there, but I am not sure what memory would be compatible at this point.

Here's the list for the board from back in 2010...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4N98TD_EVO/#M...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!
November 1, 2012 1:48:44 PM

Well, I'm pretty sure your cpu doesn't draw performance from the system memory, so 1866mhz will do literally nothing. Maybe a few fps improvements, but imo, not worth it.

The only time when you would want really fast memory, is when you get an apu, as it draws from the system memory.

You did not list your graphics card, but if I were you, I would just save up a little to get a nice one.
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November 1, 2012 2:07:35 PM

Thank you. Well that answers that.

I can pick up another 2 x 2gb set of of the same memory for like $20 now (LOL). I mean, might as well. Not sure how much it will do, but for $20 might give a little boost.

I have a 1gb GTX460. I was looking at that next. But it looks like unless I want to spend some serious coin, may not see the big improvement. I thought I might be able to get another GTX460 cheap to run SLI, but they are the same price now as I paid 2 years ago.

I did notice the 570s and above do have a much faster memory clock, like more than double...


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November 1, 2012 2:41:55 PM

The gtx460 is still an okay gpu, I wouldn't upgrade yet.

If you can wait long enough, get the 700 series, or the 8000 series. If you can't, I'm sure theres a cheap 7850 / 7870 out right now. You could get those, and see good fps increase.

Also, 2 x 2 gb of the same set won't do anything. You will just have the same ram, and it won't change anything. 4gb is plenty for gaming, so don't upgrade yet.
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November 1, 2012 3:00:28 PM

I've seen some minor FPS gains going from DDR3-1333 to DDR3-1600, but that was on Intel CPUs. Chances are you could gain a tiny improvement going to 1600, but not beyond that. Still not going to be worth it at all, compared to investing in a better graphics card.
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November 1, 2012 3:40:51 PM

Not sure if my board supports a 7850/70.

I have a credit with a major vendor. $30. I I could get a GTX 660 for $199. Looks like the jump from a 460 to 660 is pretty significant. Maybe I finally get a HD monitor :-)

Thoughts?
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November 1, 2012 4:20:18 PM

randomhero1090 said:
Not sure if my board supports a 7850/70.

I have a credit with a major vendor. $30. I I could get a GTX 660 for $199. Looks like the jump from a 460 to 660 is pretty significant. Maybe I finally get a HD monitor :-)

Thoughts?

Your board would work fine with a Radeon HD 7850 or 7870. Even HD 7950 or 7970 would be fine.
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