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January 22, 2013 3:18:18 PM

Hey so I recently put together my first build for gaming and it is working flawlessly!! :sol:  Only problem is I got a bundle deal so I could afford the i5 2500k I wanted. In the process I got stuck with an 8 GB single stick of G.Skill Value RAM that is clocked at 1333 timing 9-9-9.

My question is will upgrading to two sticks of gaming RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Had this in mind) have a significant impact on my gaming performance? Thats mainly what this computer is for.

Also I am upgrading my video card to an MSI 660 Ti OC and getting a corsair H60 liquid cooler. Any better suggestions for the same price? Games I am playing are GW2 D3 and BF3.
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January 22, 2013 11:32:51 PM

No, it won't get you much of a performance boost for gaming since you are using a discrete video card. Here is an article we wrote about exactly this question if you want to give it a read: http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Breaking-the-...
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January 22, 2013 11:49:24 PM

Ram speed won't impact your games much if at all. 1600mhz is the sweet spot for everything but benchmarking, on an Intel rig anyway. A good air cooler like the Coolermaster 212 EVO would save you some dough. I use one in a dual fan configuration on my 3770k at 5v and can't even hear it. It doesn't go above 60C either, even when overclocked to 4ghz.
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January 23, 2013 12:03:34 AM

Best answer selected by leel33ml.
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January 23, 2013 12:05:35 AM

I noticed all of the RAM in those tests were in dual channel configuration.. I only have one stick. Would adding another of the same RAM help anything at all?
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