I recently had a custom computer built by a local computer store. I told them the basics of what I wanted, which is to have a beefy PC that can handle music composition software (Cakewalk Sonar along with software synths, sampling software, and audio efx plugins), Video editing software (Sony Vegas 13 and special efx software/plugins), and finally 3D design software (3D Studio Max, Daz Studio, Vue,). So I ended up with the following machine:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz (8 Core Processor)
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5
RAM: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800
GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB)
AUDIO: Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 (USB connection)
Rosewill Lightning-800W ATX Power Supply
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Two (2) Internal Hard drives, Seagate, C drive=500GB, D drive=1TB
They also installed a very large CPU fan/cooler (Not the one that was supplied by the CPU manufacturer, because they told me the stock fans are not recommended and don't do a great job of cooling the CPU). I was okay with that except I discovered that the CPU fan blocks two of the four RAM Memory slots. So I have two 8GB Modules in the first two slots, but in order to get DUAL CHANNEL RAM, the 2nd module would have to be placed in one of the blocked slots.
When I picked up the computer, the technician who built the computer did not make me aware of this. It was only after I read the motherboard manual that I realized the module is in the wrong slot.
So my question is, even though I'm currently getting 16GB of Single Channel RAM, I was wondering if it would be worth it to replace the current CPU fan with one that is slightly smaller in order to access that blocked RAM slot and get Dual Channel RAM?
I don't plan on overclocking my computer, I never trusted myself or the computer to do that, even though current Bios setups make it easy to overclock, I'm fine with the default settings. And the current CPU temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius, and I read that it's okay if the temp goes up to 60 or 70 degrees. So there is a lot of room (temperature wise) to spare.
I've only had the computer for a week or so, and have only installed my music/audio software and Sony Vegas. I have yet to install or try any of my 3D graphics programs. But I was getting some stuttering with the audio software, and Sony Vegas seemed to run smoother on my previous PC (which was an Intel based computer of similar power and specs)
So, I'm thinking I could use the boost from the advantages of having Dual Channel ram.
I've built my own computers before, so I think I could replace the fan myself. But if it requires the removal of the motherboard, I might have the same computer shop do the work for me.
Thanks for any thoughts or opinions.