Hey Guys -
I know it's a common question, but I've done some research and am looking for opinions, please. I am looking to upgrade the RAM in my home system from 16gb (4x4gb) to 32gb (4x8gb.) There are endless choices so hopefully you can help me out. First, here are my system specs:
- CPU: Intel i7 3770K CPU @ 3900Mhz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
- RAM: 4 x 4gb (16gb) Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3/4GX - DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB)
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 x64
- x10 Drives
- C:\ - OS Only - 256 SSD
- D:\ - Storage - 24.6tb Drive Pool (x1 55gb SSD & 7 SATA disks) using Stablebit DiskPool
- E:\ - App / Game Installs - 500gb Hybrid drive
What I Use it For
- Gaming (including streaming to my Nvidia Shield)
- Media/File Share (TBs worth of files)
Most things are shared over SMB to XBMC systems but also run Plex and other similar apps
- Work Apps (SCCM Console, VPN, VMM, etc)
- Virtual Machines
Why I Am Going from 16gb to 32gb
The longer my system stays on, the bigger my Metafile grows due to the amount of folder/files I have. I experiemented a while back with adjusting Dynamaic Cache, but performance fell. After 1 day of being on, I can close all visible apps and memory is 50% - 70% used. On a clean boot, 20% - 30% is used. I also performed a full OS reinstall 2 weeks ago and moved from 7 to 8.1. Add in that I use the occasional VM and I need more...
My Options & Budget
I've read that RAM speed doesn't really make a difference for what I do. I was still thinking of getting something like 2400, but not sure yet. I don't have a ton to spend, but don't want to get the cheapest solution. I want what's best for the money. Here's Gigabyte's Approved Memory List
for the motherboard - but - my board is 1-2 years old so options are a little out dated.
One thing I don't know is if I can even use 1.65V on my board as the manual says use 1.5V
. If I do, will it just run it at 1.5V and I'll suffer performance-wise?
I've spent the last hour + going through NewEgg and comparing sets. I found that latency and frequency equal each other out, but still don't know what to get which is the best for the $.
Suggestions? If posting links, please use NewEggs as I get special shipping there. Thanks!