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How much RAM should I get with my AMD FX-8350

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January 12, 2013 6:16:56 AM

I am building my first PC and would like to know how much RAM I should put in my beast that will have an AMD FX-8350 in it. I want to know the amount of RAM that would be most effective for this CPU. 16GB? or 32GB? Does a machine really need 32GB with an AMD-3650?

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January 12, 2013 7:26:58 AM

It depends on how you are gonna use it...
4GB with normal windows 7/8 64bit programs are today's minimum
8GB it's the sweet spot, very few programs will actually fill them
16 or 32GB if actually know you are using that program x which will consume LOTS of ram

Building many machines,my advice is to go 8GB for now with a low latency:
-1600 CAS 8(good)
-1866 CAS 9(very slightly better)
since all AMD cpus aren't exactly monsters of ram bandwidth, a good ram will keep the beasties feeded ;) 
By experience corsair,crucial,g.skill and patriot always deliver.
Buy a dual bank kit(2x4GB) since 8350 has two memory channels.

Oh by the way,FX-8350 IS a beast of a processor,it's just that many programmers compile badly threaded programs with Intel compiler, and many reviewers think prime95 and itunes are real world heavy programs.Don't be fooled ;) 

have a nice day
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January 12, 2013 7:53:50 AM

I was planning on doing 16GB 1866 ;) . I'm using this as a gaming machine. Thank you for your responses!
January 18, 2013 11:06:03 PM

Best answer selected by anthonyp619.
April 8, 2013 2:53:46 AM

Just get 2x8gb dimms and then you can always get 2 more later if you feel you need it. I doubt you will need more than 16gb though. Most gamers won't add more than 8gb.