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Choosing the right RAM


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#1 BreakinBread

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:32 PM

I am currently building my second system with the following specs and I am unsure of what RAM i should purchase to go with it. I want to use 16gb of RAM preferably at 1600, I am open to all suggestions tho.

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX
Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
Graphics Card: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit
Cooling: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Case: IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850W

I know that my motherboard supports Dual Channel RAM but idk if its possible to run Quad Channel on it or if im better off getting 16gb of Dual Channel.
Thank you for any help :D

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:05 PM

Quad channel is only on the X79 platform. I do suggest get a newer graphics like the 670 and you should switch the power supply to a Corsair or Seasonic or Enermax as they make high quality power supplys.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

So if I read that right you say you can only run Quad Channel on X79, yet you link me Quad-channel RAM...little confused

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:26 PM

Quad Channel = 4 separate or pairs of RAM Slots (4/8/16 total slots)
Quad Channel Kit (as listed in the Newegg link above) = 4 RAM modules in a matched set (Speeds, timings, size, etc are all the same)

Wikipedia page on Multi-channel Memory

your motherboard supports up to 32 GB of RAM so I'd go with 2x8GB to get 16GB over 4x4GB performance will be slightly less but the upgrade to 32 GB of RAM will be less painful.

Corsair Vengeance 16 GB kit

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