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In the past I was told that for RAM it was better to have 2 memory cards rather than one.
e.g. have two 4GB cards rather than an 8GB card.
Is this still the case?
 
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It depends weather or not the motherboard supports 'duel channel'. And also you need to use to identical chips. Ideally a pair sold together for the purpose.
 

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It depends weather or not the motherboard supports 'duel channel'. And also you need to use to identical chips. Ideally a pair sold together for the purpose.
Just looking at getting a new comp. Seeing if the old rule of "2 memory cards are better than one" still applies.
Will have to check out the motherboard.
Ta mate.
 

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Make sure you buy a computer with an SSD hard drive.It makes the computer much faster.
 
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Are we talking laptop or desktop?
 

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From memory, pardon the pun, Dual channel is slightly faster but needs a matched pair and a motherboard that supports it.

If you plan to upgrade ram in the future you are limited to replacing with 2 bigger sticks rather than adding 1 or 2 more.

For the SSD I have a 960 Evo M.2 and it is like Shyte off a shiny shovel.

Possibly there are newer cheaper options on the market now though. :)
 
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With modern PC's you won't notice the difference unless you are loading the memory heavily with applications, playing Tetris or Solitaire will be fine but as mentioned a decent SSD drive makes a hell of a difference.

Are you looking for a laptop or a desktop?
 

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What are you planning to use the PC for?
Playing games and editing video's for my daughters YouTube channel.
Rendering videos takes about 2.5 hours for a 30 min vid. If she does an hour vid then it takes lots of hours and I end up leaving it running overnight.
 

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All mainstream desktop motherboards these days use dual channel memory...the 'HEDT' ones are even quad channel. Dual channel memory will be worth it for gaming and video editing, can make a significant difference. If a new PC didn't have it these days, I'd be wondering what other corners have been cut.
 

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...Also I'd wait for the next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs to come out (imminently) otherwise you may end up with buyers regret. They look like they are going to blow Intel out of the water on price and performance....

Plus....Intel chips are full of security flaws..
 
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about £600. I'm thinking of using my graphics card and hard drive (for second drive) from original comp.
My son bought a really decent gaming PC a while back ..... £1800 but that included a £700 video card

I think you need to up your budget and get a PC with 16GB RAM is my advice
 

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Murdoch's right.....16GB is the minimum I'd want these days. And for gaming....the graphics card is the budget killer..
 

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£600 is achievable if reusing your graphics card and storage drive.

The components for mine, without the graphics card, came in at a bit more than that but with a bit of realism that's an achievable budget.
 

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Looking at 16GB... Two 8GB cards.
Existing graphics card is Geforce GTXi 510, 2GB. I think that is good enough for what I need.
 

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Besides, the missus would cut my danglies off if I spent £1,800 on a comp...
 

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I bought the bits for mine pretty much the same way you are.

Then sneaked in the M.2 drive and GTX1080 while the wife wasn't paying attention :D
 

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Correction. Existing graphics card is Geforce GTX 1050, 2GB
 

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Anyone know of any sites where you can config your own comp?

The below is from Computerplanet.co.uk

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£603.
 

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For Ryzen you REALLY need faster RAM, preferably 3200Mhz at CL14. I would seriously wait til Monday, the next-gen Ryzens are supposed to being announced, and you should be able to get miles better performance for similar price, or the 2xxx series will drop in price.....
 

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Looking at 2666Mhz for the RAM, at the mo.
Not getting the comp any time soon. I need to save up.
 

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Dod Gamn it Spoon!!!!!!!!!

Now you have made me buy a new cooler for my CPU.

I hope you feel suitably ashamed of yourself. :D
 

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Dod Gamn it Spoon!!!!!!!!!

Now you have made me buy a new cooler for my CPU.

I hope you feel suitably ashamed of yourself. :D
You could have bought me a new comp while you were at it mate...
 

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Just an update:

Now getting:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
16GB RAM
480GB SSD
1TB HD

Ok it cost a bit more but I've saved up so I thought the better processor & new 2nd hard drive would be better.
I'm getting the bits and a mate is building it for me, with me helping.
£715.
 

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It's not an all singing-dancing comp @Pete999 but the benchmark for the processor will go from 4,396 to 16,982.... So a bit faster.. 😁😁😁
 
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