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Desktop memory. What is the difference?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vette8182, May 2, 2011.

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  1. vette8182

    vette8182 Thread Starter

    Jul 25, 2007
    I'm looking at getting

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and

    Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960

    I built my last computer 4years ago and am looking to build a new. I have not kept up on the technology. I am seeing Ram for $100 or less in two choices. Either 8GB by the way of DDR3 2 sticks with 4gb each or 6GB DDR3 by the way of 3 sticks at 2GB each. Is one way better because one way you get 2 sticks with more memory or 3 sticks with less money for the same price?
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    According to the CRUCIAL site, the recommended option is a 12 GB kit(4 GB x 3) of DDR3 PC3-10600(DDR3-1333) - $140.99 plus shipping.

  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    The cpu/mb you selected uses triple channel memory ie 3 memory controllers. You would want to take advantage of this by using either 3X2 for 6gig or 3X4 for 12gig of memory. Remember if you use a 32bit os, it is only going to "See" approx 3.25gig or so of ram depending on installed hardware. In any case, you are going to need a 64bit os to use either 6, 8, or 12gig of memory.
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