Upgrading my RAM, better to add, or replace?

By Dhakos
Feb 16, 2015
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  1. I currently have 2 x 4GB sticks to equal 8GB but I want to upgrade to 16GB total. Initially I was going to buy the same 2 x 4GB sticks again since I have 2 RAM slots spare, but then I read about dual channel/quad channel etc and basically want to know if it would be better to add 2 more 4 GB sticks, or buy 2 x new 8GB sticks. Thinking performance wise, the price isn't too different.
    I have MSI Z77A-GD55 mobo, and my RAM is Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDR3

    Thanks in advance for advice :)
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    For DDR3 there is no quad channel, either way would work fine, go for the cheaper.
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Why do you need 16 gigs of RAM? Are you rendering video or doing graphic design?
  4. Dhakos

    Dhakos TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Rendering video yeah, that and I have A LOT open at any given time
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Then that would make sense.

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