Too much memory

Posted February 18, 2011

So today, I received my new RAM upgrade for my PC. Went from 8GB to 16GB DDR3 1600 PC3 128000. “Whoaa, 16 gigs?? That’s overboard!!” Well hell, I think so too. But the main reason I upgraded was for overclockability. The original RAM that I placed in my PC at the time that I built it was not very overclockable. Running stock was really the only 100% stable way to get the computer to run without having a BSOD slap me in the face every time I attempted to boot up the machine. I could have settled for 8GB of better RAM, but what’s the point of throwing down money for the same amount of RAM? I might as well spend a little more for the size jump. I managed to snag it at Newegg at %15 off, so almost $40 saved.

But anyways, now that I’m free of RAM performance limitations, I was able to overclock my Core i7-860 from stock core speed 2.8GHz to a stable 3.5GHz after hours of strenuous trial-and-error testing. It’s an impressive jump and a noticable speed difference. The fact that I have 16GB of memory juice running in the sucker is something that makes me all giddy inside like a little girl. It’s a good investment that will definitely help in the long run, especially when multitasking and performing operations such as testing code in Linux virtual machines for example.

CPU-Z report file

Next upgrade will probably be focused on the hard drive. I really want to upgrade to a good solid-state drive. The performance boost will definitely be night and day, but I have to make sure I’m getting the most out of my buck before anything. Probably not willing to spend over $150 for a good one. Sometimes, I hate being such a PC enthusiast. Why can’t I be as enthusiastic about homework? It wouldn’t be as pricey to say the least.

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