Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Should I get more RAM or faster RAM?

Last response: in Components
Share
July 9, 2012 5:14:03 AM

Hello,
A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to take the plunge and invest in building myself a high end gaming desktop. The components I'm currently looking at are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($66.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Intel DP67BGB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.91 @ CompUSA)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Primary Hard Drive: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Secondary Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD2500HHTZ 250GB 10000 RPM ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($505.01 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($505.01 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($256.80 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: ABS 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2386.67

As you can see, it's by no means a "low end" system. The question I have, however, is this; should I go with more RAM at 16 GB or should I stay with my current configuration of 8 GB of super fast RAM?

I will be overclocking my RAM clock speeds as much as I can while still maintaining stability (the motherboard only supports up to 1600 mhz), but anything over 8 gigs starts getting pricey. Also, I don't tend to use that much RAM; even when gaming on my Alienware m15x, I hardly ever get above 3800 MB of RAM usage (just a side note -- I don't recommend anything from Alienware. I wish I realized sooner that it's overpriced and over-marketed. Shame on me).

Any thoughts?

More about : ram faster ram

Best solution

July 9, 2012 5:19:41 AM

Well, there's no real reason to go with 2133 RAM, but 8GB is enough for a gaming system.

My observations from that list is that you chose a P67 mobo that will need a BIOS update before you can use the 3770K, and that you don't really need a 3770K for gaming anyway. A 3570K would be plenty (would still need a BIOS update with that P67 board, of course).

Get a good Z77 board, and you'll be set either way.
Share
July 9, 2012 5:29:46 AM

Thanks for the reply,

So you don't think that even in a (fetal and inevitably fruitless) attempt to future-proof the system, which I'm hoping to hold on to for about 5 years with an upgrade to 4-way SLI 680s in the later half of its life, I would be fine with 8 gigs of 1600 / 1833 mhz RAM?

As for the processor, I'm aware that I'll need a BIOS update for the 3rd Gen processor. Originally, I had a 3930k configured, but after some deliberation I figured that it was far from necessary. With that, though, I also had to grab a different motherboard. I found the P67 distro that supports SLI cards, so I figured it was perfect. But I will look into Z77 boards... I'm always open to suggestions :) .
m
0
l
Related resources
July 9, 2012 5:31:30 AM

Best answer selected by Faux.
m
0
l
July 9, 2012 5:40:47 AM

faux said:
Thanks for the reply,

So you don't think that even in a (fetal and inevitably fruitless) attempt to future-proof the system, which I'm hoping to hold on to for about 5 years with an upgrade to 4-way SLI 680s in the later half of its life, I would be fine with 8 gigs of 1600 / 1833 mhz RAM?

As for the processor, I'm aware that I'll need a BIOS update for the 3rd Gen processor. Originally, I had a 3930k configured, but after some deliberation I figured that it was far from necessary. With that, though, I also had to grab a different motherboard. I found the P67 distro that supports SLI cards, so I figured it was perfect. But I will look into Z77 boards... I'm always open to suggestions :) .


Nah, there's really no such thing as future proofing with computer tech. :lol:  But, with that system, you should be good for around 5 years or so.

But yeah, 8GB of 1600 RAM will be enough for quite a while.

And a 3570K really IS enough. HT is actually detrimental in some games.

Also, a 4-Way SLI board won't be cheap, whether it's P67, Z68 or Z77, but this is about the best you can do in the Z77 realm ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
m
0
l
July 9, 2012 6:18:23 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Nah, there's really no such thing as future proofing with computer tech. :lol:  But, with that system, you should be good for around 5 years or so.

But yeah, 8GB of 1600 RAM will be enough for quite a while.

And a 3570K really IS enough. HT is actually detrimental in some games.

Also, a 4-Way SLI board won't be cheap, whether it's P67, Z68 or Z77, but this is about the best you can do in the Z77 realm ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX


340... owch. On second thought, maybe 2-way SLI 690s will be "cheap" in a few years, ahaha. I was looking at this motherboard, will it do the job if we're not considering a 4-way set up?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
m
0
l
July 9, 2012 6:54:48 AM

In a few years yea the GTX 690 will be cheaper but by that point it will be pointless beause they'll be obsolete. Would you buy two GTX 480's now, probably not beause they are obsolete now.
m
0
l
July 9, 2012 6:49:18 PM

Anonymous_26 said:
In a few years yea the GTX 690 will be cheaper but by that point it will be pointless beause they'll be obsolete. Would you buy two GTX 480's now, probably not beause they are obsolete now.


What do you mean by obsolete? A single GTX480 can max out any game at FullHD/1080P resolution. Its also a lot cheaper than *newer* cards yet provides really good performance. They are going used on ebay for well under $200.
m
0
l
July 10, 2012 3:10:55 AM

And no true gamer would go out and buy a card that is two and a half years old. I know I wouldn't. You can get a mid range 600 series or AMD 7000 series card and it will be a smaller chip that runs cooler and faster than a chip from two and a half years ago. Like I said we've come along way in GPU speed and architecture and there is no point in buying a card that is two or more years old. The same is going to be true in two or three years with the GTX 600 series video cards.
m
0
l
!