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Windows 7: Correct amount and type of ram to install in a mid range gaming build

15 Dec 2013   #1

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
Correct amount and type of ram to install in a mid range gaming build

Hello, thanks for taking time to look at my post.

I'm planning to build a gaming PC that will allow me to run some of the newer titles, nothing fancy.
First off, how much ram do I really need? Will 8GB be okay or should I consider 16GB?
Also, how much will the speed affect my performance? What speed should I get? (keeping in mind I'm working on a budget)

Again, thanks for looking at my post and thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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15 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

8gb will be more than enough for gaming. Dont buy just one 8gb stick, get 2 4gb ones, as you basically double you bandwidth with dual channel memory.
Speed and games doesnt make a huge amount of difference, 1333mhz or 1600mhz will be fine in a gaming rig.
Just make sure you set the correct speed in the bios as with most mobos ive encountered they run all dimms at 1066mhz default, regardless of the speed.
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15 Dec 2013   #3

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit

Thanks for your help!
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