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Ram upgrade for a noob

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheArtful8adger, Aug 21, 2019.

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  1. TheArtful8adger

    TheArtful8adger Thread Starter

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    Basiclly im new to the whole pc scene especially when it comes to ram, now im looking to upgrade im on an

    Intel core 8th gen i5-8400 2.80ghz
    Not sure about motherboard

    Im looking to increase my ram from 8gb to 16gb but after reading i got a bit confused, what would be my best bet and what sort of things should i be looking for and keeping in mind? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    If this is a big box system ie dell, hp, whatever, go to the corsair site; https://www.corsair.com/us/en/memoryfinder
    Input the exact brand and model. You can also input the exact motherboard [if this is a custom build]
    Once you find compatible memory, you can search for the best price.
    Some high performance boards will allow you to run the memory at faster than native speed; 2666 for an 8xxx series. If you have a big box system, then no sense in purchasing faster memory since those are not performance motherboards.
     
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    TheArtful8adger Thread Starter

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    Sorry what would you class as a "big box system" sorry like i said im new to all this and still not accustomed to the lingo? Lol.

    Im on an alienware aroura R8
    Mainboard intel coffee lake z370
    Obviously the 8th gen i5 8400 2.80ghz

    But again this confuses me as when i run the intel test it says

    Expected: 2.80GHz
    Reported: 3.80GHz

    Which everyone and like you said i should be looking around the 2666GHz and its real confusing as to what all this acctually means, sorry i must sound like such a computer moron lol but i just cant make heads or tales of it.

    But im gonna check out the link im just scared its gonna be more computer lingo i cant make sense of lol.

    But thanks for the help i really appreciate it.
     
  4. TheArtful8adger

    TheArtful8adger Thread Starter

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    Alienware 0R3FWM

    or that might be it?
     
  5. crjdriver

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    OK, you are confusing a lot of things;
    That is processor speed; nothing to do with ram speed. The 8400 has a base clock of 2.8 and a max turbo speed of 4.0
    That is the chipset used on the motherboard NOT the make/model of motherboard
    It seems that corsair's memory finder has gone way downhill. Use this site and input your make and model;
    https://www.crucial.com/
     
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  6. TheArtful8adger

    TheArtful8adger Thread Starter

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    can you see why i need help lol, this is why i needed to ask people in the know. I'm getting feed so much "information" which i was right for the most is obviously BS as I'm being told i have to match the processor speed and motherboard speed etc by some people then every test online gives me a completely different answer i mean i think i finally found the motherboard

    Alienware 0R3FWM A00

    But weather that right or not i don't know.

    But thank you i really do appreciate it. I'll try it out.
     
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