Originally Posted by ilovejedd
If it's just $9 difference, I'd go with 8GB. Windows likes to use as much RAM as is available for caching, etc. Even if you don't need it now, you'd probably appreciate having it eventually. There was a time when people were saying 1GB is all you'd need for XP, and then it became 2GB and now 4GB is norm.
Besides, DDR3 prices will eventually go up when it gets replaced by DDR4. You're probably better off going for the whole 8Gb now than upgrading later when prices have climbed. I know I wish I'd bought a few more 2x2GB DDR2 kits when they were going for $35 a kit.
I have to say that I agree with you; I myself have seen 4GB run out of steam when you start doing things which would otherwise be considered "general" - like using WinRAR to extract a 16GB archive; and moving a 42GB ISO at the same time; while running TMT5 and testing out a video --- all of which can be happening on my HTPC at some point. I also agree with you about Windows eating as much RAM as is available for Caching.
For the cost difference, I too would prefer to go with 8GB over 4GB -- if not for anything else -- then my own piece of mind. If at any point something slows down - at least I won't be cursing myself for not having bought the 8GB over 4GB.
DDR4 ... hmm, didn't actually know anything about that. That should be interesting when it comes out.
Originally Posted by assassin
What I am saying is that dual channel (2 sticks of ram) compared to single channel (a single stick of ram) is almost exactly the same performance.
That is interesting to know; I was told the contrary - but I must admit, I never really set out to look for comparisons & speed tests so my information was really just hearsay.
Originally Posted by whiteboy714
But unless its way cheaper I see no reason to get one dimm.
I can agree with this too; quite honestly there is really no cost different between single channel & dual channel. It's pretty much exactly the same. The only benefit I see is you're using 1 Slot on your motherboard as opposed to 2. But again - in an HTPC - there's only so far you need to go. Most people would be comfortable with 4GB ... 8GB is just about the max you'd want.
At the end of the day - I think I'll stick with my 8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit. The cost difference is so negligible that it doesn't really make sense for me to drop to 1 DIMM or 4GB Total. My main issue was between 1333 vs 1600 which was a big cost difference and I'm glad I don't have to pay for the 1600 modules.
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