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October 25, 2013 1:16:31 AM

Hello,my friend will be upgrading his memory soon. I know everyone says that when upgrading memory you have to take a look at a lot of things,so what exactly should we take a look at? I assume speed,latency and voltage? Is there anything else?

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a b } Memory
October 25, 2013 8:59:22 AM

What to look for -

1. Look for memory that is supported by your mobo
2. Can your cpu handle it? some ram voltage's are not supported by some cpu's
3. How much do you need? what are the use's

Hope some of this helps!
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October 25, 2013 2:15:31 PM

TBC1 said:
What to look for -

1. Look for memory that is supported by your mobo
2. Can your cpu handle it? some ram voltage's are not supported by some cpu's
3. How much do you need? what are the use's

Hope some of this helps!


it wasn't what i expected but thanks anyways
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a c 2050 } Memory
October 25, 2013 2:39:08 PM

Need to know how much DRAM you'll be needing, i.e. 8GB is basically accepted entry level for a system these days, exceptions would be if you do memory intensive work or use apps that require a lot of memory. Next would be to set and budget for the 8GB or however much, then see what memory your system can take and use, that will depend on both the mobo and CPU i.e. on AMD systems the FX CPUS are suppose to be able to handle up to 2 sticks of 1866 DRAM, most current Intel CPUs can generally take up to 4 sticks of 1866 and most 'K' model Intel CPUs can generally take 4 sticks of 2133 - 2400 or higher, depends on CPU, let me know the CPU and mobo and can give you a better idea of choices, next you look for a combination of best freq and CL combo - if looking for performance DRAM look for sets like

1600/7 (or 8), 1866/8, 2133/9, 2400/10, 2666/11 for just regular sticks go with

1600/9, 1866/9-10, 2133/10 2400/11, 2666/12

stick to these guidelines - i.e. no sense in buying 1866/11 when 1600/9 will outperform it....any further questions or particulars, let me know
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October 25, 2013 3:06:27 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Need to know how much DRAM you'll be needing, i.e. 8GB is basically accepted entry level for a system these days, exceptions would be if you do memory intensive work or use apps that require a lot of memory. Next would be to set and budget for the 8GB or however much, then see what memory your system can take and use, that will depend on both the mobo and CPU i.e. on AMD systems the FX CPUS are suppose to be able to handle up to 2 sticks of 1866 DRAM, most current Intel CPUs can generally take up to 4 sticks of 1866 and most 'K' model Intel CPUs can generally take 4 sticks of 2133 - 2400 or higher, depends on CPU, let me know the CPU and mobo and can give you a better idea of choices, next you look for a combination of best freq and CL combo - if looking for performance DRAM look for sets like

1600/7 (or 8), 1866/8, 2133/9, 2400/10, 2666/11 for just regular sticks go with

1600/9, 1866/9-10, 2133/10 2400/11, 2666/12

stick to these guidelines - i.e. no sense in buying 1866/11 when 1600/9 will outperform it....any further questions or particulars, let me know


I don't exactly know his system,i just need to know what should we take a look at when upgrading memory. He already has one 4 gb stick and wants to add another one to his system to make a total of 8Gb. I believe he cant just take any ddr3 memory and get it into his system,he needs to take the new memory to match with the one already installed,right?
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a c 2050 } Memory
October 25, 2013 3:18:23 PM

If you want to try it that way, yes, preferably the same model of DRAM (which even that can be problematic), but at least same freq, timings voltages, as said best bet is a single package of the total amount wanted
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October 25, 2013 3:22:48 PM

Tradesman1 said:
If you want to try it that way, yes, preferably the same model of DRAM (which even that can be problematic), but at least same freq, timings voltages, as said best bet is a single package of the total amount wanted


Thanks for answering ;) 
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a c 2050 } Memory
October 25, 2013 3:33:58 PM

No worries, let us know how it goes, if any problems let me know
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