[SOLVED] Alienware R10 Ryzen RAM and SSD Questions

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First post! Go easy on me here. Sorry I didn't build my system from scratch.



I bought an Alienware R10 Ryzen setup and I wanted to upgrade the RAM and SSD.



RAM:

Currently, it has 8GB HyperX(TM) FURY DDR4 XMP at 2666MHz.

I was wondering if I could buy this RAM here. https://www.hyperxgaming.com/us/memory/fury-ddr4?partnum=HX426C16FB3/8

Should I get one additional 8GB 2666 MHz for $36?

Or I can get 2x8GB 3200 MHZ for $85. (I'd probably try and eBay my old stick ~$20?)

Two questions about the RAM:

1. Is the faster MHz worth it for FPS gaming and some video editing? (may do 4k in the future) Will the system auto configure for the faster memory?

2. Of the 4 slots there certain RAM slots that are preferred?



SSD

Bought the system with a 1TB HDD 7200 with the hopes of adding an SSD boot drive.

Can I easily add this/Will I need to configure anything in bios or Windows?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M64QXMN/ref=twister_B07XQXHPBC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Is there a preferred M.2 slot? I believe I read there are 3.



TIA. Full Specs below:

Dell Wireless DW1810 (1x1) 802.11ac with Wi-Fi, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6
AMD Ryzen(TM) 7 3700X (8-Core, 32MB L3 Cache, Max Boost Clock of 4.4GHz)
Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Initial Year
No Monthly Subscription
Dell.com Order
US Power Cord
None Required
Microsoft(R) Office 30 Days Trial
Additional Software
AMD Ryzen(TM) 7 Label
Custom Configuration
Safety/Environment and Regulatory Guide (English/French Multi-language)
Dell Wireless Driver 1810/1820
Wired Multimedia Keyboard (English)
Dark side of the moon chassis with High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling and 550W Power Supply
1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
8GB HyperX(TM) FURY DDR4 XMP at 2666MHz
Windows 10 Home (64bit) English
Optical Mouse MS116AW
 
3200MHz vs 2666MHz, not much of an upgrade because latency also goes up. 3600MHz at Cl 16 seems to be best deal with Ryzen 3000 and that's where you'd see most difference. Question is if your MB and BIOS allow for such frequency. There's nothing to reconfigure in windows, only have to set XMP profile to match profile of new RAM , in BIOS.
As for SSD, any is much faster than HDDs. 240-250GB and it would be fine.
 
3200MHz vs 2666MHz, not much of an upgrade because latency also goes up. 3600MHz at Cl 16 seems to be best deal with Ryzen 3000 and that's where you'd see most difference. Question is if your MB and BIOS allow for such frequency. There's nothing to reconfigure in windows, only have to set XMP profile to match profile of new RAM , in BIOS.
As for SSD, any is much faster than HDDs. 240-250GB and it would be fine.
 

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