I've been planning on buying Phenom II 955 and a G.skill 2x2GB, which would cost $152. I just noticed Newegg has a combo deal for an FX-4100 and G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB). I know a lot of people were disappointed with Bulldozer and 8GB isn't strictly necessary for gaming. What do you guys think would be a better deal? Should I get the deal and overclock the crap out of the FX-4100 and save $7 or just get the 955? I'm getting an AM3+ anyway so that's not a consideration? Any help is appreciated!
BTW: This will be used for gaming, also does anybody know of any benchmarks comparing the 955 to the fx-4100? I've been looking but didn't see any?
Why don't you go google yourself a better personality - I didn't even have to leave Toms..
"Based on our measurements and impressions (and taking falling prices into account), we thoroughly recommend a minimum RAM size of 8 GB. Using 12 or 16 GB only makes sense if you're planning on using 4 GB of more of this higher amount as a RAM disk, helping accelerate the reading and writing of temporary files. This applies equally to file compression, video encoding, and heavy image editing."
I point you to that same article, page 6 (discussing why more RAM allows a GPU to breath):
"Summary and Conclusion
In a 64-bit system with a powerful graphics card, 8 GB of RAM really is a must if you're going to play demanding games. This is the case regardless of whether you're using 32-bit or 64-bit applications. However, even more than 8 GB of RAM can be subjectively noticed while playing. There is no real need for 16 GB of RAM, though. Going with 8 GB is quite enough unless you're running some taxing application in the background. We’ll comment more on this subject later, because the problem is often overestimated, as shown in our 64-bit gaming benchmarks."