Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by ckoons1, Mar 9, 2013.
is 16gb ddr3 memory overkill?
is 8gb ddr3 memory enough?
Depends on what you do,for gaming 8gb is more then enough.
reason being there is a guy wanting to buy half of my memory and i didnt want to take a performance hit
you will not take a performance hit. 16gbs for gaming is just bragging rights. all you need is 8gb
In the worst case, you might experience some slightly increased load times of applications and files, because windows wont have as much space to prefetch stuff as it used to. However, the fact that you have a SSD will greatly lessen the burden of this small downside, so I guess you'll be totally fine for atleast the near future
I've been running 6 GiB since 2009 and never used it all up. I would recommend 8 GiB but buy them in a manner that allows you to expand without replacing the existing memory (e.g. 4 DIMMs, buy 2x4GiB or 1x8GiB).
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since i have your guys attention might as well kill 2 birds with one stone :]
is it the same with a 1200 watt power supplly compared to a 850 watt power supply , both rated gold, when using a single gpu/
greatly appreciate this
I'd say with your current set up you're fine with "just" 850W
Load power draw will most probably barely get to 450W.
Both psus would be fine , the lower watt one would be more efficient in your rig though.
I have seen a Win7 x64 rig running 2 instances of x64 AutoCAD, using over 7GB of RAM.
If you are doing intensive graphic editing, photo editing or CAD work with 64 bit applications, 16GB isn't out of the question. Hell, a good 2x4GB set of ram is $50 these days.
Otherwise for office productivity, farting around, browsing and gaming, 8GB is fine.
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My opinion of these types of matters is get what ever is the best at the lowest cost.
Is it financially plausible for you to get 16Gbs or ram? Do you want 16gbs of ram? Do you build machines/upgrade often?
If yes to all but the last, then get 16, otherwise stick with the 8. I have 6Gbs now, i've maxed it a few times. I plan to get 16gb+ on the next build I do. (even if you do build/upgrade often, 16gbs is re-usable too.)
i game just fine with 6gb. can run the latest Deus Ex maxed out just fine with it.
@freaksavior, the OP is thinking about selling half of his 16GB of ram... not buying 16GB
well I like higher amount of ram and I don't even use half of it but it's fun seeing it going over 50% usage but yeah it depends if you are willing to sell your half kit unless you're running quad channel on a lga 2011 then it's better to keep your memory.
Use the extra Gb's for a Ram Disk = temp files, page file ect. + will save on the ssd usage
If you're removing 2 dimms from your 3820 machine, you're going to be running dual-channel instead of quad-channel. For most applications this won't matter as it doesn't greatly impact performance in most cases but it's something worth noting.
Doh! my bad I thought I read it about getting 16gbs. In that case if he already has it there is no reason to not keep it in my opinion,.
Just keep the 16GB, in fact i ordered 16GB of 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance anyway the thing is 16GB is becoming the new standard in not so distant future. eg games like Max Payne 3 Recommended 16GB tho it worked very well with 4GB but the fact that it recommends 16GB should hint something.
One of the main advantages of the X79 platform is the quad channel memory controller (the other is the extra PCI-E lanes). Regardless of the total amount, you should always populate all 4 channels and use a matched 4 DIMM set. Otherwise you may not get full throughput, especially if you add another 580 or a couple of 680's later on. Then again, since you're only using one video card now, your real-world performance should feel exactly the same with 2 x 4GB. Me, I like to periodically benchmark my system and tweak the performance, so I wouldn't be happy unless I had 4 sticks.
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