Solved

Upgrading from 32 to 64 gigs of RAM.

Posted on 2013-10-25
8
493 Views
Last Modified: 2013-10-27
I was going to upgrade my machine from 32 to 64 gigs.  I do a lot of virtualization which works fine on my current machine, but I wanted the ability to give each VM more ram.  Right now I have multiple controllers and hard drives, so they operate pretty seamlessly.  I am not looking to create more VMs, just to give each one more RAM.

My main concern is purchasing this RAM on the internet and not having it be compatible with my system.  I have read through all my manuals and I foresee no issue.  However I thought I would check here to see if anyone would see why this would not work.
Below is a summary of my hardware and software:

-      Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.
-      Intel Core i7 3960X CPU.
-      Windows 8 Professional 64 bit.

I have also confirmed that I have enough space on my primary drive for the increased size of the page file.
If anyone thinks this will not work, please let me know.  Also, any suggestions on the type of RAM I should get would be greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:rye004
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 70

Assisted Solution

by:garycase
garycase earned 83 total points
ID: 39601932
Your board supports 64GB, so there's no real issue -- just install 8 8GB modules and you'll be fine.

Note that with unbuffered modules, your memory subsystem will be more reliable with only one module/channel -- but that would limit you to 32GB (4 8GB modules).     The main implication of this is a less stable waveform, which can result in occasional "glitches" that you wouldn't get with a single module/channel.    The system likely runs modules at a somewhat reduced speed ... or possibly with an extra latency cycle ... when 8 modules are installed to help offset this.
0
 
LVL 24

Assisted Solution

by:Alan Henderson
Alan Henderson earned 83 total points
ID: 39601972
I wouldn't worry about increasing the size of your pagefile.  It's arguable that above 8GB of RAM it's only necessary to have a pagefile at all in order to satisfy the odd program that isn't happy without one.

I'm sure garycase will squash this argument if I'm wrong.

:)
0
 
LVL 35

Accepted Solution

by:
Kimputer earned 84 total points
ID: 39602000
Better not take any risk, and use memory from their recommended and qualified memory list:

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/Rampage_IV_Extreme/R4E_DRAM_QVL_1016.pdf
0
Flexible connectivity for any environment

The KE6900 series can extend and deploy computers with high definition displays across multiple stations in a variety of applications that suit any environment. Expand computer use to stations across multiple rooms with dynamic access.

 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:garycase
ID: 39602053
"... I'm sure garycase will squash this argument if I'm wrong. " ==>  My wife won't even let me squash little bugs :-)     I agree the system would probably run okay without it; but it's always a good idea to have room or a full memory dump in the event of a crash ... and with modern disk sizes, keeping 64GB available for that isn't a big deal :-)
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:Alan Henderson
ID: 39602064
I've switched from a desktop and a laptop to one machine garycase: a Surface Pro. I'm now a little space challenged.

Suffering a little cognitive dissonance I suppose.

:)
0
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:garycase
ID: 39602200
I'm intrigued by the Surface Pro, but haven't bought one.    I have FAR too many computers "laying around" with FAR too much "stuff"  ["junk" is a more accurate descriptor] to switch to such a relatively limited machine :-)

For the two of us (wife & I) ... who are both retired old folks who don't actually NEED much computing power at all ... I have 2 primary desktops; 3 laptops;  2 spare computers (in our guest bedrooms -- wouldn't want a guest to be without access to my media or the internet);  3 servers for backups and my media collection (40+ TB);  3 HTPC's that drive large screen TVs in the family room, master bedroom, and a game room;  and a few spare older systems :-)

I don't think I could move all that to a Surface !!
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:Alan Henderson
ID: 39602209
@ Gary

I'm impressed with the Surface Pro, but it has its limitations. Disc space isn't a worry, I have an HP touchscreen with built in docking ports so can have a USB3 drive or two hooked up as necessary.

I love the idea of the machine, but as has been widely promulgated, Windows 8 hasn't quite made the grade. The hardware's brilliant but I hoped for an experience that was like a MacBook Air married to an iPad.

Didn't happen. I use my Google Nexus instead of the Surface Pro for a tablet.

Might have to build myself another black box or get one back from the grandchildren. :)

I'm also retired  - 13 years! I'm finding it hard work. Haven't had time to lurk on EE for a few years. Or to pick your brains as I have in the past.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:rye004
ID: 39604474
Thank you so much everyone for your input.  I now have more confidence and going to use the recommended list of RAM.
0

Featured Post

DevOps Toolchain Recommendations

Read this Gartner Research Note and discover how your IT organization can automate and optimize DevOps processes using a toolchain architecture.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
TFX Power Supply 7 61
ATI Radeon HD 5450 video card problem? 12 122
Create VM to talk to device connecting to PC 2 54
Cross checking component service dlls 2 46
Detailed instructions on how to install an Access add-in in recent versions of Office and Windows (with screen shots)
On Beyond Tools A conversation I recently had with the DevOps manager of a major online retailer really made me think about DevOps monitoring tools (https://www.onpage.com/devops-incident-management-tool/). The manager and I discussed how sever…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

751 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question