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CPU Cooler or Mor Ram?!

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November 28, 2012 7:36:30 PM

Sorry to be making so many threads, I have an OCD and everything needs to be perfect.


So far my gaming machine ( was on a tight budget ) Is

Processor = AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition Denab 3.4Ghz
Motherboard =Asrock AM3+ 970 Extreme 4
Ram = 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR 3 Ram
Video Card =Saphire HD7850 2GB OC Edition
Corsair or XFX 550w Psu.


Firsty i need to know if this is good for gaming? Looking to play Fallout/Skyrim type games Maybe even BF3 on high/max settings
On a 1600x900 resolution?


Second, Im being told 4GB ram is more than enough for gaming, then im told that i need 8gb.

Im also being told that i will need a CPU cooler.

Now im not Overclocking at all as i have no idea how to do it and i dont trust myself to do it.
If im not overclocking, Do i really need a CPU cooler?

Or should i get another 4GB ram?

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November 28, 2012 7:39:12 PM

No and no. Wait for the ram to be priced under $30 for a 2x4gb kit. If you don't find any at that price, keep what you have. And no to a better heatsink if you're not overclocking. The stock amd heatsink is adequate.
November 28, 2012 7:40:39 PM

Thanks so much.

Was that a no to me being able to play games? If so im now very gutted -.-



I already have a 4GB Corsair 1333mhz ram in my pc atm.

Should i change/Add a Corsair Vengeance 1600 4GB ram?

Or would the ram i have be good enough?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2012 7:42:58 PM

It's good enough. the speed difference between 1333 and 1600 isn't that much. Wait for the 8 gb kit to be on sale, then sell off the leftover ram. I wouldn't mix it; 8 gb is enough.
November 28, 2012 7:46:09 PM

Thanks pal!

You 100% i dont need a cooler? I have like 5 people, 3 Telling me yes and 2 telling me no!
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a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2012 7:47:43 PM

No. If your temps under load don't exceed 60c (I use coretemp), then you'll be fine for the 3 year warranty. By the end of the warranty, you'll want to replace it anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2012 9:56:36 PM

Yes. Sometimes cases have too many fans. I recommend only one in the front and one in the back. Some have them on top, but that just invites more dust.
a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2012 10:07:02 PM

4gb is enough for most things. If you are on a tight budget, don't add more. You also don't need to get a cooler because the stock one is designed to be sufficient for the un-overclocked cpu. Only buy a cooler if you plan on overclocking or if your cpu is overheating.
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