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February 11, 2013 11:03:28 PM

Hey Everyone,

Thinking I am going to upgrade to 16gb of ram. Anyone have any suggestions as to good brands, prices, specific sticks, etc.

Bit of info: I do play games on my PC but nothing too strenuous (mostly just League of Legends if familiar). Some web browsing and other regular activities. A small bit of video editing.

Let me hear what you guys have in mind. Thanks!

Edit: Looking at this right now, any good? (Price matched for $81.29)

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66354&vpn=CMZ16GX3M2A...

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February 12, 2013 1:23:53 AM

Corsair Vengeance is very popular ram and it's one of the brands with a lifetime warranty. You shouldn't have any issues running it (provided you have a 64bit system)
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February 12, 2013 1:27:53 AM

C12Friedman said:
Corsair Vengeance is very popular ram and it's one of the brands with a lifetime warranty. You shouldn't have any issues running it (provided you have a 64bit system)


Thanks for the reply!

Forgot, I should probably include my PC specs.

-Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
-Crosshair IV Formula Asus Motherboard
-AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor 3.21 GHz
-Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DD3 Ram
-Two AMD Radeon HD 6950s 2gb
-Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System
-XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX PSU 80Plus Silver
-Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB HDD (Primary Drive)
-Seagate Barracuda 3gb HDD (Secondary Drive)
-Azza Case

If anything else is required, feel free to ask! Otherwise, keep the opinions coming :) 
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February 12, 2013 1:22:41 PM

webpro2k02 said:
Are you sure a 16GB kit of 2X8GB will work on this mobo? the specs for this mobo shows 4 dimms slots, max 16GB, so per slot max is 4GB.

http://www.asus.com/ROG/CROSSHAIR_IV_FORMULA/#specifica...

4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory


Also this site shows the same...

http://www.memorystock.com/memory/ASUSCrosshairIVFormul...


Thanks for the heads up. I would have looked into that before I ordered for sure. Is there any real difference between 2x8gb and 4x4gb?
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February 12, 2013 1:32:01 PM

If the specs says 16GB with total 4 slots, then the max per slot is 4GB, 2 x 8GB will not work.
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February 12, 2013 1:47:09 PM

That looks just fine.
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February 12, 2013 1:48:45 PM

Just my two cents...

I agree that the corsair vengeance kit is a great deal for the price. I prefer the quality of Kingston's RAM, which can be gotten on sale for great prices as well.

With that processor, 1600MHz RAM is the way to go. No point getting faster than that unless you are planning on OCing.

It is true what others have said, you will need a 4x4GB kit. In regards to your question of what's the difference in performance, there is none.

One last bit of info... If what you said in your opening post is true. Upgrading to 16GB of RAM will give you absolutely no performance increase. I am willing to guess that even while editing you are only addressing 5 or 6GB at the most.
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February 12, 2013 1:59:02 PM

itzdanielp said:
Just my two cents...

I agree that the corsair vengeance kit is a great deal for the price. I prefer the quality of Kingston's RAM, which can be gotten on sale for great prices as well.

With that processor, 1600MHz RAM is the way to go. No point getting faster than that unless you are planning on OCing.

It is true what others have said, you will need a 4x4GB kit. In regards to your question of what's the difference in performance, there is none.

One last bit of info... If what you said in your opening post is true. Upgrading to 16GB of RAM will give you absolutely no performance increase. I am willing to guess that even while editing you are only addressing 5 or 6GB at the most.


Yeah , I dont do any OCing as I think it is overly unneccesary for me. As for my editing, it's just doing a little work in sony vegas, cutting clips and making youtube vids. So you don't think there will be enough difference between 8gb and 16gb to warrant me paying twice as much? Lastly, thanks for the opinion on brands! :) 
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February 12, 2013 3:51:43 PM

I honestly don't think it will make any difference at all. If you are concerned about it open a project and then open the task manager. If you go to the performance tab it will show you how much RAM you are using. If you are using more than 85 or 90% then you will see a very slight difference when upgrading, but more than likely it will not be noticeable. If you are using less than that, there is no reason to spend the money.
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