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6GB of RAM is considered "unbalanced"?


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#1 So_Be

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:12 AM

I was looking for a desktop and when I showed the specs to my friend, he said 6GB of ram is considered "unbalanced". Based from his explanation, I'd rather buy 4+4 instead of 4+2. I said I don't want to spend more since since I don't need 8gb. 

Is this really true? 

Oh, the memory I'm looking at is "6GB DDR3-1600MHz [2 DIMM ]"

Thanks!



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#2 Ezzah

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:14 AM

Yes. It is generally preferred to have the exact same RAM, in both size and model. If you can, go with 2 * 4GB sticks. :)


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:27 AM

I wonder on what are the "side-effects" of 4+6 vs 4+4? I will be only using it for university stuff. MS Office, surfing, e-mail. minor photoshop and skyping. No games, music or youtube.

 

I really like to have an Intel i5 but the the min RAM that I've seen with i5 is 6GB (otherwise I'll prefer 4GB). I think 8GB is overkill based from my needs :-(



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:14 AM

I would suggest 8GB with 64bit windows, and also it gives headroom for whatever you may need in the future. There are side-effects, but can be considered to be negligible. Currently, I'm using 6GB of RAM, but it's with running a MC server, and a bunch of other stuff open. :)


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:30 AM

You pays your money and you takes your pick. Do whatever you want. I personally use the policy of "get as much RAM as you can". This is especially true of laptops.

 

But if you don't want to buy the extra RAM, that's OK too!



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:31 AM

If your policy is to "get as much RAM as you can", then I suggest getting the same type of RAM, not unbalanced ones.


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