Question Help upgrading my ram

IXAPHANI

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Hey guys,

Im looking to upgrade my PC slightly and fairly cheaply ready for Cyberpunk. Im thinking of upgrading my ram from 8gb to 16gb. Ive been looking online but im getting a bit confused as to what mzh i can use.

Ive been using this link: https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Z77A-G43/Specification and can see that I can use 1600mhz but I get a bit confused at the oc / OC, 22nm CPU required part

Would anyone be able to give me some guidance? Firstly is upgrading my ram a good choice? would 1600mhz be sufficient or should I go higher? am I able to go higher if suggested?

Ive been looking at something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D5XAN06/?coliid=I39BZ5BFZK1OO&colid=180APHOBV3JE5&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

my full specs are below. thanks in advance

System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7758
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/31/12 11:59:16 Ver: 04.06.05 (type: BIOS)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8136MB RAM
Page File: 11882MB used, 2911MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 12

Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 980 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Type: Full Device (POST)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_17C8&SUBSYS_36CB1458&REV_A1
Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER]
Device Problem Code: No Problem
Driver Problem Code: Unknown
Display Memory: 10166 MB
Dedicated Memory: 6097 MB
Shared Memory: 4068 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
HDR Support: Not Supported
Display Topology: Internal
Display Color Space: DXGI_COLOR_SPACE_RGB_FULL_G22_NONE_P709
Color Primaries: Red(0.625000,0.339844), Green(0.280273,0.594727), Blue(0.155273,0.070312), White Point(0.283203,0.297852)
Display Luminance: Min Luminance = 0.500000, Max Luminance = 270.000000, MaxFullFrameLuminance = 270.000000
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: TOSHIBA-TV
Monitor Id: TSB0108
Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (50.000Hz)
Output Type: HDMI
 
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Hey guys,

Im looking to upgrade my PC slightly and fairly cheaply ready for Cyberpunk. Im thinking of upgrading my ram from 8gb to 16gb. Ive been looking online but im getting a bit confused as to what mzh i can use.

Ive been using this link: https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Z77A-G43/Specification and can see that I can use 1600mhz but I get a bit confused at the oc / OC, 22nm CPU required part

Would anyone be able to give me some guidance? Firstly is upgrading my ram a good choice? would 1600mhz be sufficient or should I go higher? am I able to go higher if suggested?

Ive been looking at something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D5XAN06/?coliid=I39BZ5BFZK1OO&colid=180APHOBV3JE5&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

my full specs are below. thanks in advance

System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7758
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/31/12 11:59:16 Ver: 04.06.05 (type: BIOS)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8136MB RAM
Page File: 11882MB used, 2911MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 12

Display Devices
---------------
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 980 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Type: Full Device (POST)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_17C8&SUBSYS_36CB1458&REV_A1
Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER]
Device Problem Code: No Problem
Driver Problem Code: Unknown
Display Memory: 10166 MB
Dedicated Memory: 6097 MB
Shared Memory: 4068 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
HDR Support: Not Supported
Display Topology: Internal
Display Color Space: DXGI_COLOR_SPACE_RGB_FULL_G22_NONE_P709
Color Primaries: Red(0.625000,0.339844), Green(0.280273,0.594727), Blue(0.155273,0.070312), White Point(0.283203,0.297852)
Display Luminance: Min Luminance = 0.500000, Max Luminance = 270.000000, MaxFullFrameLuminance = 270.000000
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: TOSHIBA-TV
Monitor Id: TSB0108
Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (50.000Hz)
Output Type: HDMI
Hello!
The frequencies with the star at the end are OC. For old CPU's DDR3 RAM frequency doesn't really matter. The frequency back in the day wasn't as heavily utilised as is nowadays. I'm also on a 3rd gen intel CPU (i5-3470) and went from 1333MHz to 1600MHz when I upgraded to 16GB of RAM and there wasn't any difference really. As far as the 22nm CPU required, it means it has to be a 3rd gen Intel CPU, because the 2nd gen CPU's could go to 1866mhz only on OC, also build on 32nm lithography. Even if you get a higher frequency memory module it will probably have to be manually overclocked.
Hope this helps.
 
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IXAPHANI

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Hello!
The frequencies with the star at the end are OC. For old CPU's DDR3 RAM frequency doesn't really matter. The frequency back in the day wasn't as heavily utilised as is nowadays. I'm also on a 3rd gen intel CPU (i5-3470) and went from 1333MHz to 1600MHz when I upgraded to 16GB of RAM and there wasn't any difference really. As far as the 22nm CPU required, it means it has to be a 3rd gen Intel CPU, because the 2nd gen CPU's could go to 1866mhz only on OC, also build on 32nm lithography. Even if you get a higher frequency memory module it will probably have to be manually overclocked.
Hope this helps.

Thanks for the reply that helps alot. Just to make sure I understand, basically i shouldn't really worry too much about the mhz when looking at DDR3? Lastly would you recommend me upgrading my ram to this to give my computer a boost for gaming? I install on an SSD, im happy with my graphics card, ram just seems like the next fairly afforable step, without upgrading the cpu / motherboard
 
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Thanks for the reply that helps alot. Just to make sure I understand, basically i shouldn't really worry too much about the mhz when looking at DDR3? Lastly would you recommend me upgrading my ram to this to give my computer a boost for gaming? I install on an SSD, im happy with my graphics card, ram just seems like the next fairly afforable step, without upgrading the cpu / motherboard
Yes, no need to throw yourself off with really expensive DDR3 memory. Most modules work on 1600MHz and they are quite affordable. My 2x8GB 1600MHz Kingston HyperX Fury Blue modules cost me less than 50 EUR here in Bulgaria. Also, you will probably see a big boost in performance in AAA games going from 8GB to 16GB. The snappiness of your machine with light tasks will also improve.
 
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IXAPHANI

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Yes, no need to throw yourself off with really expensive DDR3 memory. Most modules work on 1600MHz and they are quite affordable. My 2x8GB 1600MHz Kingston HyperX Fury Blue modules cost me less than 50 EUR here in Bulgaria. Also, you will probably see a big boost in performance in AAA games going from 8GB to 16GB. The snappiness of your machine with light tasks will also improve.
Brilliant, thanks so much for your help, its hard when looking online because everyone usually just recommends the top-end newer stuff. Thanks a lot, think ill go for it!
 
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