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I'm looking at picking memory for my new WHS2011. I hope to do lots of streaming, decompressing zips / rars files, and some transcoding. Keep in mind I would like to keep things to a best performance for the price type system. I will also not over clock it at all as it will run 24/7 for the next 5 years.


With so many types it’s hard to know what is important:


First it’s the speed the motherboard states it can take DDR3 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066…. So should I go for the faster more$$ or cheaper slower?


Should I worry about the timing that it can run with. Most seem to be 9-9-9-24 but you can get some with 7-7-7-24?




I was thinking of 8Gb but should I go with 16Gb or build with 2x4Gb room to expand later?


Let me know if have questions to help me know what I should look for when picking memory

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IMO, 16 GB is an overkill for WHS and 8 should be plenty. I am basing this on specs for Small Business Server 2011 Standard which has a minimum requirement of 8 gigs due to the Exchange aspect of the install.

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Go with 8GB (2x4GB) 1333 is plenty fast enough, but if the price is right 1600 doesn't hurt either. Honestly you could go with 4GB, but since ram is dirt cheap I'll say go 8GB even though you'll most likely never use it.

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but since ram is dirt cheap I'll say go 8GB even though you'll most likely never use it.


This is why I suggest 16 GB and 1600. Not to mention it prevents buyers remorse given you maxed it out.

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1 cubic yard of dirt weighs aprox 2500 lbs and costs $30.00 - $50.00 depending on how much you buy and type (fill/top soil).

2500 lbs x 16 ozs = 40,000 ozs.

$30.00 x 100 c = 3,000 c

$50.00 x 100 c = 5,000 c

3,000 / 40,000 = 0.075 c

5,000 / 40,000 = 0.125 c


Dirt costs between 0.075 and 0.125 cents per ounce; pretty cheap. :)

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