Do Gigabyte z170 motherboards require a DDR4 Ram stick or is DDR3 fine?

I am upgrading my motherboard and CPU to a Gigabyte z170 and a 6600k, I know nothing about PC's other than these aren't bad specs but I was wondering if I had to buy a ram stick that is DDR4 (whatever that means) in order to use it... I am so confused because I look on forums and they go off on rants with words that don't seem real I just want a simple yes or no and if yes then I need some reccomendations on which ram for a low price as I am not financially able to spend a huge amount on the ram
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  1. DDR4 is the name.
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  2. Dual Channel DDR4 is best , 2x4 or 2x8.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  3. But does the motherboard require a DDR4 stick of ram or is the DDR3 sticks that I have now work with it?
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  4. You need DDR4 , does not accept DDR3...Sorry.
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  5. I have 2 sticks of DDR3 4GB
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  6. ethankillafellows said:
    I have 2 sticks of DDR3 4GB


    You need DDR4 , board does not accept DDR3...Sorry.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  7. Could you recommend a motherboard that does that will also fit the intel processors?
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  8. For the same price if not cheaper?
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  9. ethankillafellows said:
    ... not worth the price though.
    I agree. At that price you get a decent motherboard and a kit of DDR4!
    You should look for low cost motherboards with Z170 or Z270.
    If money is very tight right now you can get by with a single stick of 8GB 2400MHz DDR4, and add a second stick of same make and model later, otherwise 2x4GB is a better option.
    Reply to Olle P
  10. Olle P said:
    ethankillafellows said:
    ... not worth the price though.
    I agree. At that price you get a decent motherboard and a kit of DDR4!
    You should look for low cost motherboards with Z170 or Z270.
    If money is very tight right now you can get by with a single stick of 8GB 2400MHz DDR4, and add a second stick of same make and model later, otherwise 2x4GB is a better option.


    The main thing I need to upgrade is my CPU, it's a * AMD processor that can't keep up with my GPU but I can't find a CPU that is equivalent to an intel 6600k to fit my motherboard, if I could then all my problems would be fixed, I just can't find one that isn't extortionate in price!
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  11. ethankillafellows said:
    Olle P said:
    ethankillafellows said:
    ... not worth the price though.
    I agree. At that price you get a decent motherboard and a kit of DDR4!
    You should look for low cost motherboards with Z170 or Z270.
    If money is very tight right now you can get by with a single stick of 8GB 2400MHz DDR4, and add a second stick of same make and model later, otherwise 2x4GB is a better option.


    The main thing I need to upgrade is my CPU, it's a * AMD processor that can't keep up with my GPU but I can't find a CPU that is equivalent to an intel 6600k to fit my motherboard, if I could then all my problems would be fixed, I just can't find one that isn't extortionate in price!


    The easiest way forward here is to state a budget, and what exact parts you need.
    People here will come up with a parts list, if possible.

    For instance:
    "I have $300. I need a motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Preferably Intel, preferably Gen 6 or later."

    (oh, and watch the language. Thanks)
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  12. USAFRet said:
    ethankillafellows said:
    Olle P said:
    ethankillafellows said:
    ... not worth the price though.
    I agree. At that price you get a decent motherboard and a kit of DDR4!
    You should look for low cost motherboards with Z170 or Z270.
    If money is very tight right now you can get by with a single stick of 8GB 2400MHz DDR4, and add a second stick of same make and model later, otherwise 2x4GB is a better option.


    The main thing I need to upgrade is my CPU, it's a * AMD processor that can't keep up with my GPU but I can't find a CPU that is equivalent to an intel 6600k to fit my motherboard, if I could then all my problems would be fixed, I just can't find one that isn't extortionate in price!


    The easiest way forward here is to state a budget, and what exact parts you need.
    People here will come up with a parts list, if possible.

    For instance:
    "I have $300. I need a motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Preferably Intel, preferably Gen 6 or later."

    (oh, and watch the language. Thanks)


    So, I NEED a CPU preferably i5, like a 4690 but I also need a motherboard that either supports DDR3 or that is cheap enough for me to buy a single stick of DDR4 (I have around £300 if not less to spend) I think the i5-4960 is perfect, but if the motherboard is "cheap" then I can buy a single stick.
    (and sorry for the language)
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  13. ethankillafellows said:


    So, I NEED a CPU preferably i5, like a 4690 but I also need a motherboard that either supports DDR3 or that is cheap enough for me to buy a single stick of DDR4 (I have around £300 if not less to spend) I think the i5-4960 is perfect, but if the motherboard is "cheap" then I can buy a single stick.
    (and sorry for the language)


    Well, just as a starting point:
    i5-7500
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i5-7500-Frequency-Cache-Processor/dp/B01MZZJ1P0
    £165.73

    GIGABYTE GA-B250M-DS3H
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/GIGABYTE-GA-B250M-DS3H-Chipset-Intel-Processor/dp/B01MQWCNA6
    £58.98

    Corsair CMK8GX4M1A2400C14 Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1x8 GB) DDR4 2400
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMK8GX4M1A2400C14-Vengeance-Performance-Desktop/dp/B00UVN2C8O
    £90.63

    £315 total
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  14. Is there a way to make the motherboard a bit lower, even it out to £300? The CPU and RAM look great so I will try and keep that in the budget.
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  15. ethankillafellows said:
    Is there a way to make the motherboard a bit lower, even it out to £300? The CPU and RAM look great so I will try and keep that in the budget.


    "around £300"
    I guess you could ask gigabyte to carve off a couple of components to lower that below £59.

    I just put that in as a starting point.
    What others have you looked at?
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  16. My alternative:
    Ryzen 5 1400, £138 (will perform much like an i5 when overclocked)
    MSI B350M Bazooka, £71. Will allow overclocking and accept CPUs released by AMD until 2020 or even later...
    Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2x4GB 3000 MHz, £89. (Don't expect it to reach the full 3000MHz though, but at least 2666MHz.)
    Total: £298, and somewhat future proofed!
    Reply to Olle P
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