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RAM difference worth the $?

#1theknight1980Posted 9/22/2013 9:35:52 AM
I am upgrading the RAM on my PC. Currently I have 4GB of DDR2-PC2-6400 (4x1 GB sticks).

The plan is to bump my RAM up to 8 GB. My board can support DDR2-PC2-8500.

My question, is the extra speed worth the $ difference? 8 GB of 6400 vs 8 GB of 8500 is about 100 bucks.

I am trying to squeezed a bit more usability out of my gaming PC and was wondering if this upgrade would be worth the $.

Current build:

Intel Core 2 Q6850 (3.0 quad core)
RAM:?
ASUS P5K Deluxe
128 GB SSD drive (Primary)
1 TB 7200 RPM storage drive
Geforce GTX 550Ti
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#22Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 9/22/2013 9:38:10 AM
Unless you're using up all of the RAM you have now, I would just save the money for when you can get a new motherboard and CPU and get DDR3 RAM.

As far as speed a higher speed doesn't make much difference with gaming.
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#3DarkZV2BetaPosted 9/22/2013 9:39:12 AM
No, not at all. In spite of what some console fans will blab lately, system memory speed is only really relevant to integrated graphics.
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#4Kokuei05Posted 9/22/2013 9:42:29 AM(edited)
You can squeeze out more by overclocking your CPU.... you have an Core 2 Quad Extreme and you run it at stock?
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#5The_Count_FooPosted 9/22/2013 9:54:10 AM
I would just stick with 4gb until you decide to upgrade your system. $100 for 8gb of ram is waaaay over priced compared to ddr3 prices. 4gb is still fine for gaming. Just get an after market air cooler for your CPU and overclock if you want a performance boost.
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#6PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/22/2013 10:00:37 AM
Don't throw away money for DDR2.
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#7WygunPosted 9/22/2013 10:19:07 AM
ram speed only matters if youre using integrated graphics. GPUs have their own ram (VRAM) which is faster than system ram. In fact, your gpu has ddr5 ram which is faster than ddr2.
#8DarkZV2BetaPosted 9/22/2013 10:21:35 AM
Wygun posted...
ram speed only matters if youre using integrated graphics. GPUs have their own ram (VRAM) which is faster than system ram. In fact, your gpu has gddr5 ram which is faster than ddr2.


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#9YoungAdultLinkPosted 9/22/2013 10:27:30 AM
Pyrotechnixxx posted...
Don't throw away money for DDR2.


Unless it's cheap, which it rarely is for desktops. I manages to grab 2 gigs for my laptop for $8 plus shipping this week, though.
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