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The Hydroman

ONT, Canada

[memory] Purchasing new RAM - wanting to make a good choice

Good afternoon DSLReporters,

I am back to ask a quick question about RAM, as I wish to purchase more for my computer. In the summer of 2012 I built a semi-decent gaming rig for myself. For some reason I skimped on the RAM and only purchased 4GB of PC3-12800 9-9-9-24 Silverline Mushkin RAM (I'm not sure what all of those numbers mean... but I only have 4gigs total on a single stick).

I know that RAM is not very expensive and upgrading from 4 should help my systems performance, especially while live streaming my gaming.

My computer specs (hopefully this will provide you computer-savvy folks enough into give me some guidance):

I popped my head into a computer store looking to buy 16GB (preferably 2x 8GB as I hear performance wise it's better to have less sticks). I realize that will mean my current 4GB stick will be useless, but that's fine.

They didn't have much of anything in stock, but they kept mentioning that I need 1.50 volt RAM because the Core i5's have problems with anything higher (or something...? Like I said, I'm not very tech-savvy)!

So if anyone can give me some tips on what brand/type of RAM to purchase (preferably 16 gigs, 2 x 8 GB, from a reputable brand I will recognize) - I would greatly appreciate it.

I live in London, ON, Canada so if I am buying it online it has to be able to come into Canada.

Thanks so much everyone!


New York, NY
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997074
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If you get 4 sticks instead.. you save $4.99. Up to you

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 994074
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Not sure do you want to update your bios:
» ··· iv=Basic
I see a lot of "Improved memory compatibility."

The Hydroman

ONT, Canada
Hey FizzyMyNizzy,

Thanks for the response.

Do you think going from 16GB to 32GB will make much of a difference? Can a 64bit Win7 OS 'utilize' 32GB of RAM? I do plan to push my computer (live streaming computer games which are demanding on system resources themselves) - but I am just curious if it is worth it (price:performance wise).

-- Is there any risk to updating my bios? I've heard the 'if I it aint broken don't (update) it' saying a few times but updates are usually a great thing.


New York, NY
Windows 7 x64(64 bit) could use up to 192GB ram
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Is more better? Well, depends on the software you use. Does it use more, and do you run multiple programs and does the software use a lot of ram. If you run like couple of software that use like 512MB of ram at a time. I dont think you need 32GB. But if you run soft ware that use 4GB here, another software 4GB there. I think Windows OS use around 2GB. Right now for me it is using 2.3GB out of 16GB. I also turn off pagefile. If you are going to play 1 game at a time, or watch movies, or just surf the web. I think 16GB is more than enough.

You could always get the ram first and see does it work. If it doesn't then put back the ram that did work in the pc, and flash upgrade it then.

reply to Hydrolis
You are good for 4 x 8GB sticks on that motherboard.

There is a memory update in bios firmware too in 10.5 and 10.6:
» ··· div=BIOS

You may want to do some research there or an email to MSI support to check as well before spending on updating the ram. Just a thought.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke

The Hydroman

ONT, Canada
reply to Hydrolis
Hey everyone!

I went ahead and purchased the Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997074.

I'm going to look more into the BIOS update today and do that before my new RAM arrives.

Thanks a lot for the assistance FizzyMyNizzy & norwegian


New York, NY
reply to Hydrolis
They have G.Skill ram on sale today:
G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10Q-32GAB
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oh.. you already order...