Solved DDR3 accepted configurations help

June 26, 2012 at 12:15:54
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Hey guys I have a ram question. I'm looking to upgrade the ram in my Acer predator.
It's ram config is
Memory Module Specifications
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Speed PC3-10600
Memory Speed MHz 1333MHz
Total Memory Size 8GB
Memory Slots (Total) 4
Memory Slots (Available) 0
Memory Configuration 2GB + 2GB + 2GB + 2GB


Here are my questions:

1. On sites like tiger direct and newegg u can buy ddr3 at many different speeds like 1600. Is it acceptable to mix different speeds as long as its ddr3?

2. Do all the chips have to b the same gig sizes? I have mixed ram before but that was on lower end computers. Such as a 1g stick with a 2g. Would it be more of an issue on systems playing high end games and graphic design programs like after effects?

3. Would it b better for me just to buy a complete set of the same speed?

4. My comp came with ddr3 at 1333, is thr all it's rated for? Can I get ddr3 at more than 1600? Or get ddr4? I assume the pin configuration would b different on 4.

Computer specs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...


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✔ Best Answer
June 26, 2012 at 14:27:00
"is it even worth my money to upgrade from 8?"

8GB RAM is plenty for the time being. The graphics card & PSU are more important. BTW, the HD 6850 is a better card than the GF 550 Ti & it's approx the same price.

http://www.hwcompare.com/9711/gefor...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And you can't beat this 500W Corsair for just $30 after promo code & rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...



#1
June 26, 2012 at 12:18:44
It will probably underclock the RAM to 1333MHz, its best to put 1333MHz RAM in, what motherboard have you got?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
June 26, 2012 at 12:20:17
Also what does pc3 have to do with it?

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#3
June 26, 2012 at 12:25:23
PC3-10600 is the RAM's bandwidth (PC3-10600 = 10600 MHz (1.06 GHz) bandwidth)

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#4
June 26, 2012 at 13:39:30
Not sure on the motherboard, it's Te stock one that came in it. I can look more closely for manufacturer and model numbers later hen I get off work I I need to.

So would a higher bandwidth chip work in my comp. just curious on that one I'm thinking I'd get close to the same performance out of 10g 1300 to 10g 1600


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#5
June 26, 2012 at 13:48:17
You already have 8GB RAM, what more do you need? Going from DDR3-1333 to DDR3-1600 isn't going to make any significant performance difference. If you're a gamer & want better gaming performance, get rid of the GT530 HTPC card (which is nothing more than a renamed GT430) & replace it with an actual gaming card.

http://www.digitalversus.com/recycl...

http://banglagamer.com/showthread.p...

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/v...

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/g...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#6
June 26, 2012 at 13:51:51
Actually scratch the last post i posted (#5), it should work with 1600 MHz RAM.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#7
June 26, 2012 at 13:56:58
Riider if u recall u helped me with a ps and graphics card problem a week or two ago. I have an msi 550 ti sitting in my newegg wish list I'm just waiting to buy it.

So in you guy's honest opinion, is it even worth my money to upgrade from 8?


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#8
June 26, 2012 at 13:59:15
I mean I'm getting a new graphics card, It has an intel i7. I should b good right?

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#9
June 26, 2012 at 13:59:59
Depends on what you do on your computer, if playing games then no, then its better to go with a graphics card update.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#10
June 26, 2012 at 14:27:00
✔ Best Answer
"is it even worth my money to upgrade from 8?"

8GB RAM is plenty for the time being. The graphics card & PSU are more important. BTW, the HD 6850 is a better card than the GF 550 Ti & it's approx the same price.

http://www.hwcompare.com/9711/gefor...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And you can't beat this 500W Corsair for just $30 after promo code & rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#11
June 26, 2012 at 16:07:25
riider: lol im so torn between the two cards.......scratch that i just looked at the comparison link. I now know what I must do lol. thanks.

and on your power supply. The "bargan brand" ps in my predator has the 80 bronze stamp on it and it says max 500w. if you are recommending a 500w also, then should i even get a new ps? it says max tdp on the radeon is 127w. not sure what that means there, you might need to explain that one to me.

Also i think i ended up going with the 550 ti because something in my head told me the "newer tech" would perform better.

JAY_NAR: if I had to be really specific about what i use my comp for, I would say that I occasionally play games on it. not online. I like to play the rpg's on it (skyrim, the witcher 2 and such). I have an xbox for the other games online. I also use it to create movies and graphics as side work. when i do personal videos I made ones like this :http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=IpfPQU4hnL0&feature=fvwp

not my work but just an example. the new after effects uses the gpu for 3d things and its slooooooooow on mine.

and as far as gaming goes, i see a lot of people wanting like a million fps and such. i dont need that much since i came from humble begginings on my old junky comps. i was pleased with how skyrim ran on it. I have to say it ran quite well on ultra. but witcher 2 was a different story.


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#12
June 26, 2012 at 16:40:54
Yea you need a GPU upgrade rather than a RAM upgrade, go with riider's solution.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#13
June 26, 2012 at 16:57:58
If the graphics card you are considering is rated at 127W that equals about 12.6A@12V. The 12V rail also serves the processor and all the drives.

What is the +12V rating on your present power supply?

What processor are you running?

You put N/A for your operating system. If you are running a 32 bit version of Windows then you already have twice the RAM it can use.


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#14
June 26, 2012 at 17:39:43
What is the +12V rating on your present power supply?

On the side it says
135 w (+3.3 @ 16a, +5 @ 20a) 360w (12v1 @ 18a, 12v2 @ 18)
Then +5vsb at 2.5a
And -12v at .5a

What processor are you running?

Intel Core i7-2600 3.40GHz


OS windows 7 64


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#15
June 26, 2012 at 18:57:39
"360w (12v1 @ 18a, 12v2 @ 18)"

Do the math. The max combined is 30A (360w/12v). The Corsair PSU I recommended has 34A rated at 408W, so it has 48W more on the +12v rail.


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#16
June 26, 2012 at 19:28:03
lol i dont know anything about power supplies. thanks for the help there riider.

so the one you suggests should be enough for the whole shebang right?


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