4GB or 6GB of RAM for my new PC?

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#1 halo2_4_pc
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Ok, I have most of my PC parts now. I currently have a AMD Phantom II X4 965 Processor, an ASUS AM3 Mobo with support up to 16GB of DDR3 1800 RAM, Sony CD/DVD Burner, an OCZ 550w power supply, and an Antec ATX case. I'm also buying an ATI Radeon 5770 1GB Graphics card. I'm wondering if I should go with just 4GB of RAM of DDR3 1600 or get 6GB of DDR3 1600. Is it worth the cash to get the extra 2GB? How much will it affect game performance in games like Crysis?

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4 gb is enough plus ddr 3 ram prices are supposed to go down so when you do need the extra ram then do it

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If you're gaming and doing other normal tasks you wont need over 4GB. I have to actually try to get over 3GB by opening programs and having a game running.
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If you're gaming and doing other normal tasks you wont need over 4GB. I have to actually try to get over 3GB by opening programs and having a game running.brandontwb
If you have the windows 7 gadget showing CPU/RAM usage you might've noticed during certain things like installations or copying big files the RAM usage goes up to ~95% - but this irrelevent to you TC as in big copying of files etc RAM usage will always be as high as poss. (could be wrong) so go for 4GB DDR3 and add more later if you see the need.
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[QUOTE="brandontwb"]If you're gaming and doing other normal tasks you wont need over 4GB. I have to actually try to get over 3GB by opening programs and having a game running.polarwrath11
If you have the windows 7 gadget showing CPU/RAM usage you might've noticed during certain things like installations or copying big files the RAM usage goes up to ~95% - but this irrelevent to you TC as in big copying of files etc RAM usage will always be as high as poss. (could be wrong) so go for 4GB DDR3 and add more later if you see the need.

Wait I forgot something, doesn't ddr3 ram allow triple channel operation meaning three sticks of ram would be optimal (ie. 6GB)?
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[QUOTE="polarwrath11"][QUOTE="brandontwb"]If you're gaming and doing other normal tasks you wont need over 4GB. I have to actually try to get over 3GB by opening programs and having a game running.polarwrath11
If you have the windows 7 gadget showing CPU/RAM usage you might've noticed during certain things like installations or copying big files the RAM usage goes up to ~95% - but this irrelevent to you TC as in big copying of files etc RAM usage will always be as high as poss. (could be wrong) so go for 4GB DDR3 and add more later if you see the need.

Wait I forgot something, doesn't ddr3 ram allow triple channel operation meaning three sticks of ram would be optimal (ie. 6GB)?

yes and no that depends on the cpu and only the i7 supports triple channel right now if im correct

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[QUOTE="polarwrath11"][QUOTE="polarwrath11"] If you have the windows 7 gadget showing CPU/RAM usage you might've noticed during certain things like installations or copying big files the RAM usage goes up to ~95% - but this irrelevent to you TC as in big copying of files etc RAM usage will always be as high as poss. (could be wrong) so go for 4GB DDR3 and add more later if you see the need.fatcat13sep

Wait I forgot something, doesn't ddr3 ram allow triple channel operation meaning three sticks of ram would be optimal (ie. 6GB)?

yes and no that depends on the cpu and only the i7 supports triple channel right now if im correct

I believe that is correct. As far as I know, no AMD platform supports triple channel at the moment.