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Old April 18, 2013, 05:26 AM
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So here is my question. I have a set amount of money a side or i wouldn't be asking this question. I would just go with 16gb of DDR3-1600 Ram and call it a day but I don't want to spend that much money right now.

My question is what would you go with and why?

1. 8GB of DDR3-1600
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2. 16GB of DDR-1333

what's better the speed or more RAM in general?

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I'm sure you'll hear "it depends" on what you are doing with your PC.

IF you are going to buy more later it will depend on how far away later is. I discovered that old RAM costs much more, just try to get some DDR2 today - you pay through the nose for it. So if you are thinking I'll get some now, and some more in a few months, then go for the 1600, ... if you are not likely to add more within the next few months to a year, then I'd go for the 16 GB of 1333.

When I discovered that upgrading my old PC which had DDR2 was unreasonable I decided I didn't want to encounter that again so when I built my rig back in October I maxed out the RAM with 32 GB of DDR3 1600, but I've not really had any use of anything more than half that, yet. I'm thinking of learning how to make good use of RAM Disk software so that I get some use out of my RAM rather than just have it sit there looking pretty. (Of course you'll want to buy designer RAM, colour coded to your mobo). :P
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Hello,

So here is my question. I have a set amount of money a side or i wouldn't be asking this question. I would just go with 16gb of DDR3-1600 Ram and call it a day but I don't want to spend that much money right now.

My question is what would you go with and why?

1. 8GB of DDR3-1600
or
2. 16GB of DDR-1333

what's better the speed or more RAM in general?

Thanks
Tech
Considering its a macbook just get whatever. You won't notice the difference in speed.
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Old April 18, 2013, 01:45 PM
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why get more ram then OS see's to use , if using an SSD no need

also try to match ram to system QVL (qualified vendors list)
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No, there's no depends. More RAM -always- trumps faster ram.
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Old April 18, 2013, 08:06 PM
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Thanks guys. I just decided to go with the DDR3-1600 8GBs. I have a Samsung 840 Pro coming for it so i think that should do me for the life of the macbook
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Thanks guys. I just decided to go with the DDR3-1600 8GBs. I have a Samsung 840 Pro coming for it so i think that should do me for the life of the macbook
That was the better decision. Unless you know of certain programs you run that are extremely ram hogging, 8gb is plenty and most reviews show stepping up to 1600mhz with a small , but measurable improvement.
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