Question about which RAM to Buy


  1. Posts : 41
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    Question about which RAM to Buy


    Hello all. Looking into getting some new RAM for the computer. I currently have 8 Gb, but would like to update to at least 16. I was looking at the following 2 options:

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15) at Amazon.com

    Amazon.com: Kingston Technology HyperX Fury 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 2133 MHz Desktop Memory DIMM (288-Pin) RAM HX421C14FB/16: Computers Accessories

    I could just get the two new 8GB ones listed first and take out my old RAM. However, I figured that I could get the 16GB one to add to the RAM I already had. Does RAM need to match? Can I put the new 16GB one with whatever I have now? Does the fact that the 16GB has 2133 MHz as opposed to the 3000 MHz on the two 8 GB ones matter much?

    Any direction or other suggestions you all could give would be appreciated. I am comfortable with computers, but buying/installing parts is new for me.

    Thanks!
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    Aemon said:
    Does RAM need to match?
    Generally, yes - that is if you wan't to get the best performance out of it...
    LifeHacker - What Do I Need to Know About Compatibility When Upgrading RAM?
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Bree said:
    Generally, yes - that is if you wan't to get the best performance out of it...
    LifeHacker - What Do I Need to Know About Compatibility When Upgrading RAM?
    Ditto. Something else, the BIOS may be set to Single Channel memory if only 1 RAM module but better performance should occur when setting to Dual Channel when 2 modules are present. That's the scenario with my latest 3-year-old computer, came with a single 8GB and I Upgraded to matching 2 x 8GB modules for 16GB total.
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  4. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    3000 isn't on your boards compatibility list a weird 2933 is though
    Z87-K | Motherboards | ASUS USA

    Code:
    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3  2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333  MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    If you want to try to add to your existing stick try crucial scanner see what it says
    Crucial System Scanner | Crucial.com
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  5. Posts : 41
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ah, ok! Thanks for all of these ideas.

    Hi,
    3000 isn't on your boards compatibility list a weird 2933 is though
    Z87-K | Motherboards | ASUS USA
    It looks like on here I only can take DDR3 memory. I guess I may need to look at a motherboard upgrade to get DDR4 then.

    Generally, yes - that is if you wan't to get the best performance out of it...
    LifeHacker - What Do I Need to Know About Compatibility When Upgrading RAM?
    Thanks for this. I'll be sure to take a look at this article.

    Thank you all for the assistance!
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Aemon said:
    It looks like on here I only can take DDR3 memory. I guess I may need to look at a motherboard upgrade to get DDR4 then.
    Also be sure the new board can take your CPU, many times a board, CPU and type of RAM go together, essentially end up with a new computer. And then there's the possible Activation issues of Win10 when changing hardware.
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  7. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    Yep first platform to use ddr4 is x99 I believe
    Now days all newer platforms use it dual and quad channel.

    If you do jump to a newer platform that uses ddr4 use this to find the best ram for it :)
    B-Die Finder
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  8. Posts : 41
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I really appreciate all of this help!

    Hi,
    Yep first platform to use ddr4 is x99 I believe
    Now days all newer platforms use it dual and quad channel.
    Well, it seems that looking into new memory has made this upgrading a bit more involved than I had originally thought . While it would be nice to upgrade to DDR4, would there be much of a difference with getting the DDR3 that my board can already handle? I would prefer, right now at least, not to have to upgrade the motherboard unless necessary.

    Also, along with that, the other component I was going to look at after RAM was the video card. Would the motherboard effect that too? I am looking at getting a Geforce GTX 1070. I'd like a decent gaming computer, and one that could possibly do VR at some point, but it doesn't have to be top of the line.

    Thanks again! You all are a HUGE help!
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  9. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    Yeah I believe @AddRAM might be a tad more versed in your options for the existing system
    Far as I can tell you'd be stuck in ddr3 land on the current system

    The ddr4 ram finder was for if you upgrade to a new system
    Who knows when ddr5-6 will plop and mess us all up
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