upgrade from 8gb to 16gb ram?

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  1. mike41

    mike41 Maha Guru

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    should i put in another 8gb of ram? would it make a difference? havent really run my new build yet but i can get another 8gig of ram for cheap since its on sale, should i do it (for bf3 too)?

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    i5 2500
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  2. k1net1cs

    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    I have the same exact configuration as yours (i5-2500K, 560 Ti), just with 16GB.
    A difference? Not much. (I did just add another 8GB less than a week ago)
    Bragging right? Quite so. =b

    In any case, if you're able to get it, can't really see why not.
    It's not like you're cash-strapped, and these days 8GB kits are closer to impulse buys.
     
  3. suture

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    tbh there are other options to increase in a significant way the overall performance of a PC buying a SSD or another graphics card for example
    8Gb ram its already overkill for gaming and daily use, you wont see a dif adding 8 more
     
  4. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    There will be zero difference for you(and bf3)
     

  5. mike41

    mike41 Maha Guru

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    ok thanks was just wondering, cuz i have the chance to get 8gb for 30$
     
  6. Mufflore

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    Games can map up to 2GB or up to 4GB of memory per process.
    A few games use more than one process which means they can exceed 4GB (if made large address aware), but unless you are running another program that uses a lot of system ram, you wont exceed 8GB.

    The downside of using more memory modules is that you may not be able to clock the memory as high and your machine will use a little more power.
     
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    If you need to ask whether it's a good idea, you don't need it.
     
  8. Leftfield

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    16gig...what in gods name would all that be used on? even 8 gig is more than you need.

    there is no point building a bigger house if the one you live in has enough room already.
     
  9. k1net1cs

    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    It's...um...'future-proof'! :p
     
  10. pogostickio

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    on the upside, if you're thinking of future proofing your pc for a few dollars then go for it. I just upgraded from 4gb to 8gb for a tenner.
     

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    8 gigs? don't be a pussy. Get 64 gigs ripjawsX and man up.
     
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  12. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    You will feel a massive difference. Its like... having twice the ammount of ram that you had before.
     
  13. Crakso

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    Doit!!11111eleven

    I just did, my epenis grew like 8GB.
     
  14. XL_ence

    XL_ence Maha Guru

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    There's no point future proofing with this. If he ends up needing it in the future, he can buy it in the future. It will most likely be cheaper in the future anyway. Future proofing is for items like the CPU or GFX card where you need to get rid of your old one to use a new one. With ram, you just add more until you're out of slots.
     
  15. Mufflore

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    To be fair, He can get the upgrade pretty cheap.
     

  16. kanej2007

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    There is not a vast difference but having more ram certainly makes your games load a little faster, around 20%

    Apart from that there is not much noticable difference as 8gb is already fast enough...

    Having more ram mainly helps in intensive tasks such as photoshop, video editing, multitasking, etc...
     
  17. Lukc

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    yes, but not until u have most of current ram in use...

    open task manager then open game (let's say bf3) and all programs that u might ever run in background while playing.. (music player, torrents, skype, msn, etc., as much as possible..) then go play game and after some time check graph of ram being used...

    i'm glad to have 8gb since sometimes i go over 4gb but there's just no way to go over 8gb in game.. except opening more games in same time.. :p
    i used to use 3 clients in mmorpg game and was most of time still under 6gb..
     
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    It also helps running multiple VMs with lots of RAM ;)
     
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    With an SSD, the swap file and game on it, 4GB is tremendous.
    I havent felt the need for more yet.
    Perhaps when I fully mod Skyrim I'll have to grab my wallet :)
     
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    This. +1
     

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