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Improve the performance of your PC by upgrading its gaming memory. Random access memory or RAM serves as a bridge between the processor and hard drive in a computer. It temporarily holds frequently accessed data and contributes to the overall speed of the system. With the wide selection of RAM modules available at Staples®, you can easily find the right ones to upgrade your PC or build the custom gaming computer you have always wanted.

Choose a DDR3 or DDR4 Module When Shopping for Gaming Memory 
Most computers use DDR SDRAM modules. There are multiple generations of this type of RAM but the ones commonly used for gaming PCs are the DDR3 and DDR4 variants. While DDR4 is the newer RAM class, it does not always offer faster performance. The first factor to consider when choosing between the two types of memory modules is the design of your computer's motherboard. DDR4 RAM uses a connector with 288 pins while DDR3 modules have 240-pin connectors. This means that you cannot install a DDR4 module in a DDR3 slot.

DDR4 models offer faster clock speeds and lower power consumption. The fastest DDR3 RAM has a speed of 2133MHz while DDR4 models come with higher bandwidths. A DDR3 chip also has a voltage requirement of 1.5V. You can choose a DDR3L variant if you want a more power-efficient module. A DDR4 chip only needs 1.2V, lower than the 1.3V required by a DDR3L RAM.

Features to Consider When Selecting Gaming Memory
When comparing different brands of RAM modules you should consider speed, capacity, and the number of RAM slots on the computer's motherboard. RAM speed determines the rates at which the chip reads and writes data. Faster RAM delivers smoother gameplay and can even cancel out a relatively high latency. You need at least 8GB RAM to enjoy gaming on a PC. Install 12 to 16GB RAM if you often have a lot of tabs open in your browser while playing video games. You should get 32GB or higher if you want to future-proof your gaming computer. Before upgrading your PC's memory, find out how many RAM modules you can install on it. For example, if your PC has two RAM slots and you want an install capacity of 16GB RAM, you have to pick two 8GB RAM modules.

Can You Install the Best RAM for Gaming Desktops in Laptops?
No. Laptop RAM modules are different from the ones used for desktop PCs. Desktops use DIMM-style RAM while laptops use SO-DIMMs (small outline DIMMs). SO-DIMMs are physically smaller and have a fewer pins in their connectors.

What Is the Best RAM for Gaming on a VR-Ready PC?
For virtual reality gaming, you need at least an 8GB DDR3 RAM. To guarantee smooth performance and make your PC ready for upcoming VR games, install 16GB DDR3 or DDR4 RAM.

Do You Need VRAM Even With the Best RAM for Gaming?
Yes. VRAM or video RAM is the available memory on a graphics card. This dedicated RAM only handles heavy graphics and improves the rendering of virtual environments in video games. Make sure you get a graphics card with at least 2GB RAM to go along with system RAM for your gaming PC.


Gaming memory are just one of many back to school supplies available for the 2018 / 2019 school season.

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Corsair® Vengeance® LPX CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 SDRAM UDIMM DDR4-3200/PC4-25600 Desktop RAM Module
Item: IM11G9466 / Model : CMK16GX4M2B3200C16
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  • RAM module is suitable for high-performance over clocking on Intel 100 Series motherboards
  • Capacity: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
  • DDR4 SDRAM technology for high-performance
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