Expanding my memory

greasy dave

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NOt sure if this should go in the new builds section - but the computer was built a couple of years back - I'm just expanding the memory now.

I have a GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R with an i7 930 processor and a corsair HX 850 w power source.
When I built the machine last year I only bought 2x 2GB RAM, because the prices of the 4 GB's were prohibitively high.

Prices have fallen and I'm thinking about junking the old memory and expanding up to 16 GB possibly even 24 GB

This isn't a question of need or necessity to be honest, just feel like spoiling myself.

A number of questions:

1. Am I going to experience signifacnt extra heating between 16GB and 24GB? I have a well ventilated case (cooler master something) a lot of low noise fans and a Noctua cooler on the processor. Currently the pc is very quiet, and I don't have to use all the fans to keep the processor below 50 degrees. I'm wondering if the extra RAM is going to substantially increase the heat and hence the fan noise? I know it's going to increase the heat....

2. I went to the gigabyte website and consulted the list of reccomended RAM for the board and discovered that all but two or three of the reccomended cards are only 2GB. And the 4GB cards on the list are unavaible where I live.

http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_ga-x58a-ud3r.pdf

Does this mean I should only buy a reccomended 2GB card and drop my sights to 12GB? I should hasten to ad that Gigabyte claims the cards listed are only for reference and that they are unable to test everything

If I was to go ahead and buy a 4GB which isn't on the list, am I opening myself up to big problems?


3. These are the cards I was thinking of buying - good or a bad idea?:

http://www.alza.cz/corsair-24gb-kit-ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-vengeance-xmp-d236327.htm
http://www.alza.cz/corsair-16gb-kit-ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-vengeance-d216174.htm
http://www.czechcomputer.cz/product.jsp?artno=88966
or
http://www.alza.cz/patriot-16gb-kit-ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-9-9-24-gaming-sector-5-series-d249884.htm

Many thansk to anyone who has time to answer thse questions
 

beenthere

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My question would be why are you planning to upgrade to 16-24 GB. of RAM? Unless you run large apps like CAD, video editing, etc. you will not see any tangible system performance from more than 8 GB. of RAM. If you just want more it's your choice.

Each DDR3 DIMM uses ~10W of power. There is no difference between the blue or black Corsair RAM of the same part number/model. Pricing is dependent on many factors including the ICs used to produce the RAM DIMMs. Patriot also sells quality RAM. Just make sure the RAM kit that you buy is approved for your specific CPU.
 

greasy dave

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A fair point about the RAM. I've been told about this before by other people who know more about it than me. And I agree, right now, I don't need more than 8 - 12 GB right now.

I had one eye on the future though. I'm just a layman, so please correct my logic. When I built my first pc nearly ten years ago, it had, I think, 125 MB RAM. Single processor etc.etc. Pretty soon, that wasn't enough. And the mother board didn't allow me to expand much. Five years later, 125 MB RAM was nothing, and most machines had 1 GB and many everyday apps were geared to this amount of RAM. And my machine got clunky and annoying.

So, I was thinking that (and please correct me if my thinking is wrong) given my current 4 GB is adequate, but 8 GB would make things very nice...over the next couple of years, the same pattern will repeat as it did with my first pc, and greater quantities of RAM will become the norm for many ordinary applications.

And given that it's best to buy one single type of RAM to get the best working efficiency, my logic runs that it's best buy the whole 24GB lump now. Maybe only install 12GB and have the extra there to expand into when and if it's needed.

Rather than only expand to 8GB now, and then have to junk that 8GB RAM in a couple of years when I need to expand the RAM again and can't buy any of the two year old cards anymore. If you see what I'm saying.

ANother question. How do I check that the RAM kit is approved for the CPU? Where would I find that info? I've been to the gigabyte website, (they make my motherboard) and they only have information about RAM cards that were current when the mobo first came out 18 months ago - they haven't updated since. And those cards are no longer on the market. Intel has no information concerning RAM compatibility on it's website.
 

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