16 GB or 8 GB or 6 GB ram??

Hi , my cpu config is processor : intel core i3 2100 3.10 GHz , mother board : GA-H61M-S2P (rev. 2.0) , gpu : 1 GB DDR3 amd radeon 6670. I am currently using 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz ram. I want to increase ram from 4 GB to 16 GB, and according to the specification my motherboard supports up to 16 gb ram. I went to talk about it with the people working in a pc shop. They said that even 8 GB will be too much for this motherboard, and so i should increase my ram from 4 GB to 6 GB. Now what should i do ?? Should i go for 16 GB ram or 6 GB ram ? Badly need some advice from you guys.
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  1. The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.
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  2. your motherboard specs say it can take 2 x 8gbs at 1.5 volts DDR3. So you can put 16gb in it. Just depends on what you need the 16gb for. I would agree with kanewolf, 8gb should be fine for your setup. but if you only have windows 32bit version installed, there's no point in upgrading the ram, untill you get a 64bit version of windows.
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  3. kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??
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  4. keith12 said:
    your motherboard specs say it can take 2 x 8gbs at 1.5 volts DDR3. So you can put 16gb in it. Just depends on what you need the 16gb for. I would agree with kanewolf, 8gb should be fine for your setup. but if you only have windows 32bit version installed, there's no point in upgrading the ram, untill you get a 64bit version of windows.



    Oh i see. Thnx for your help.
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  5. jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    it shouldn't be any problem. The slots are there to be filled. Just make sure if youre getting new ram, to make sure it's compatible with your mobo. You can check this on the manufacturers website.
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  6. jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    What do you mean by pressure? If the motherboard supports 16GB RAM then that's all that matters. RAM doesn't apply any sort of "pressure" to the computer.

    This is directly off of the spec sheet on Gigabyte's website
    "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory"
    "Support for DDR3 2200(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules"

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S2P-rev-21#sp
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  7. burdenbound said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    What do you mean by pressure? If the motherboard supports 16GB RAM then that's all that matters. RAM doesn't apply any sort of "pressure" to the computer.

    This is directly off of the spec sheet on Gigabyte's website
    "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory"
    "Support for DDR3 2200(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules"

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S2P-rev-21#sp


    i dont think he means 'pressure' per se, but rather having all slots populated. An example being motherboards with 4 slots. If you populate all 4 sometimes it has an effect on the DIMMS. They down clock or maybe require a little more voltage on the IMC to get all 4 slots working together.

    Given he only has 2 slots on the mobo, I doubt it that would be an issue. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
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  8. keith12 said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    it shouldn't be any problem. The slots are there to be filled. Just make sure if youre getting new ram, to make sure it's compatible with your mobo. You can check this on the manufacturers website.



    oh ok..thnx for your help :)
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  9. burdenbound said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    What do you mean by pressure? If the motherboard supports 16GB RAM then that's all that matters. RAM doesn't apply any sort of "pressure" to the computer.

    This is directly off of the spec sheet on Gigabyte's website
    "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory"
    "Support for DDR3 2200(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules"

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S2P-rev-21#sp



    i mean the ram will be double than before , so the stability of any game i play will increase (as far as i know), data transferring will increase, etc. right? it will effect the motherboard. So i was just curious. i saw the specification from the website too. I am not that good with hardware things..thnx for your help.
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  10. jmcs1k96 said:
    burdenbound said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    What do you mean by pressure? If the motherboard supports 16GB RAM then that's all that matters. RAM doesn't apply any sort of "pressure" to the computer.

    This is directly off of the spec sheet on Gigabyte's website
    "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory"
    "Support for DDR3 2200(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules"

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S2P-rev-21#sp



    i mean the ram will be double than before , so the stability of any game i play will increase (as far as i know), data transferring will increase, etc. right? it will effect the motherboard. So i was just curious. i saw the specification from the website too. I am not that good with hardware things..thnx for your help.


    your talking about dual channel v single channel. Yes, there will be an increase in memory bandwidth, will have some impact on games, but not that much.
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  11. keith12 said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    burdenbound said:
    jmcs1k96 said:
    kanewolf said:
    The amount of RAM will depend on what you use it for? Do you already have a 64bit OS? I would probably go to 8GB (a matched set of 2x4GB). That will be the best performance and most stable.



    yes, i have 64 bit OS. Oh i see, what if i go for 16 GB? Will it create too much pressure on my motherboard??


    What do you mean by pressure? If the motherboard supports 16GB RAM then that's all that matters. RAM doesn't apply any sort of "pressure" to the computer.

    This is directly off of the spec sheet on Gigabyte's website
    "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory"
    "Support for DDR3 2200(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules"

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S2P-rev-21#sp



    i mean the ram will be double than before , so the stability of any game i play will increase (as far as i know), data transferring will increase, etc. right? it will effect the motherboard. So i was just curious. i saw the specification from the website too. I am not that good with hardware things..thnx for your help.


    your talking about dual channel v single channel. Yes, there will be an increase in memory bandwidth, will have some impact on games, but not that much.



    oh, ok... i got it now.
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