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Upgrade RAM or get an SSD?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good day. I have the choice between upgrading to 16GB of ram from 8GB (DDR3 @1600MHz) or getting an SSD for my system. I currently am running off of an HDD for everything but I am also hitting RAM caps while gaming so I'm torn. I'd love to know your opinions on my upgrade path. If the full spec list will help just let me know and I can provide. Thank you.

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Just now, ItsStrixx said:

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good day. I have the choice between upgrading to 16GB of ram from 8GB (DDR3 @1600MHz) or getting an SSD for my system. I currently am running off of an HDD for everything but I am also hitting RAM caps while gaming so I'm torn. I'd love to know your opinions on my upgrade path. If the full spec list will help just let me know and I can provide. Thank you.

Full specs would be nice to have, since it will be easier to judge. Also knowing in what games you hit the 8GB would be good to know.

 

My mind immediately goes out to SSD though, as using a PC without one - after getting used to an SSD - is just a drag. Plus, since your storage drive will do some tasks as 'RAM' once your system memory has run out, an SSD will help a bit in that regard too.

 

But gotta know some more context before giving you a definite one or the other.


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7 minutes ago, ItsStrixx said:

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good day. I have the choice between upgrading to 16GB of ram from 8GB (DDR3 @1600MHz) or getting an SSD for my system. I currently am running off of an HDD for everything but I am also hitting RAM caps while gaming so I'm torn. I'd love to know your opinions on my upgrade path. If the full spec list will help just let me know and I can provide. Thank you.

Hello,

 

Also, depending of your budget you could do both :)


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It also depends on your usecase. If you are only gaming with the laptop, and it runs out of RAM all the time, it might be better to go with the RAM upgrade. It will give you better gaming performance, but the boot and loading times in general will remain slow

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Hey there,

As minibois said, a full spec list would be needed for a definitive answer. However, in general, the ssd would be the way to go. Believe me when I say a new world will open ;)


Current desktop: (Optiplex 9020 MT)

CPU: i7-4790 | GPU: Gigabyte GTX970 ITX | PSU: EVGA BT 450W Bronze | Ram: 2x8gb DDR3 1600MHz

The build: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1158091-optiplex-9020-mt-project-build-i7-4790-gtx-970

Future plans:

  • i7-4790k
  • Z97 motherboard (really want a ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Watch Dogs Z97 ATX motherboard)
  • + 2x8gb ram (for a total of 32gb)
  • Better gpu
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Just now, Plouffe said:

Also, depending of your budget you could do both :)

I think it is pretty clear, that he/she would do both, if he/she had the possibility

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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, minibois said:

Full specs would be nice to have, since it will be easier to judge. Also knowing in what games you hit the 8GB would be good to know.

 

My mind immediately goes out to SSD though, as using a PC without one - after getting used to an SSD - is just a drag. Plus, since your storage drive will do some tasks as 'RAM' once your system memory has run out, an SSD will help a bit in that regard too.

 

But gotta know some more context before giving you a definite one or the other.

Full specs are: Intel core i5 4460 @3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM @1600MHz, Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB version, and 500GB HDD. The games I am hitting a cap on are borderlands 3 and fortnite at a mixture of medium and high settings.

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1 minute ago, ItsStrixx said:

Full specs are: Intel core i5 4460 @3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM @1600MHz, Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB version, and 500GB HDD. The games I am hitting a cap on are borderlands 3 and fortnite at a mixture of medium and high settings.

Do you have free ram slots? You might be able to get a cheaper 120gb ssd and 4gb extra ram? 


Current desktop: (Optiplex 9020 MT)

CPU: i7-4790 | GPU: Gigabyte GTX970 ITX | PSU: EVGA BT 450W Bronze | Ram: 2x8gb DDR3 1600MHz

The build: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1158091-optiplex-9020-mt-project-build-i7-4790-gtx-970

Future plans:

  • i7-4790k
  • Z97 motherboard (really want a ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Watch Dogs Z97 ATX motherboard)
  • + 2x8gb ram (for a total of 32gb)
  • Better gpu
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3 minutes ago, Devryd said:

I think it is pretty clear, that he/she would do both, if he/she had the possibility

Well I can see budget management with build that cost 1500€ going down to 1000-1200€ with a better optimization without sacrificing the performance.

 

If he/she has 50-60€/$/£/bananas it's doable.


Don't forget to quote (arrow bottom left of the message) or use name tag (@name) for us to see your answer.

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1 minute ago, ItsStrixx said:

Full specs are: Intel core i5 4460 @3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM @1600MHz, Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB version, and 500GB HDD. The games I am hitting a cap on are borderlands 3 and fortnite at a mixture of medium and high settings.

As far as I can see, upgrading both would be around 90 USD:

PCPartPicker Part List

Memory: Corsair 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($38.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.44 @ Amazon) 
Total: $85.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 07:37 EST-0500

 

I still feel like an SSD upgrade will do you better, but you should try to keep an eye on RAM usage during gameplay and try to see what is using so much RAM. Also see how disk usage is looking like.

RAM usage until 95% is quite normal. When it goes above that, that means you don't have enough RAM.


I apologize for the way I am. If my post seemed rude, that was not my intention. Just my ineptness in forming a nice coherent message.

"those times will never come back :("

"I wish I could find a way to end the pain, other than the way I keep thinking of"

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 hours ago, lightfire said:

Do you have free ram slots? You might be able to get a cheaper 120gb ssd and 4gb extra ram? 

Nope no free ram slots

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