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November 22, 2013 9:39:40 AM

I've used the search feature, but wasn't entirely sure about what to do.
I built this PC last Black Friday, just a budget build, didn't wanna spend much, as I'm a high school student. Now it's time for a GFX card and doing the big upgrades. I bought a fan, and just installed it, and ordered my GFX card. But I also want to upgrade to 16GB RAM since I have two free slots on my motherboard. I currently have some G. Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 Ripjaw ram, and I was wondering if I could mix G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR with it, for 16GB of RAM.

Here are my specs:

Windows Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit) Service Pack 1
Memory (RAM) 7884 MB
CPU Info Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
CPU Speed 3498.8 MHz
Display Adapters Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 | Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 | Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 | RDPDD Chained DD | RDP Encoder Mirror Driver | RDP Reflector Display Driver
Monitors 1x; Generic PnP Monitor |
Screen Resolution 1600 X 900 - 32 bit
Network Network Present
Network Adapters Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
CD / DVD Drives 2x (D: | E: | ) D: ELBY CLONEDRIVE | E: ATAPI iHAS124 D
Ports COM Ports NOT Present. LPT Port NOT Present.
Mouse 16 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks C: 931.4GB
Hard Disks - Free C: 872.1GB

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a c 131 } Memory
November 22, 2013 9:43:46 AM

Don't mix the ram like that, it will all run at the slower speed of the two, so either buy 16 gigs of faster ram, or try and buy another 8 of the EXACT same kit you have, still may be some tweaks required to get all 16 working together but it should be possible, you're wasting money putting 2133 mhz memory in a computer with 1600 ram.
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November 22, 2013 10:05:36 AM

Supahos said:
Don't mix the ram like that, it will all run at the slower speed of the two, so either buy 16 gigs of faster ram, or try and buy another 8 of the EXACT same kit you have, still may be some tweaks required to get all 16 working together but it should be possible, you're wasting money putting 2133 mhz memory in a computer with 1600 ram.


I'm getting the 2133mhz memory for cheaper than the 1600 though, it's a great sale at a local store. I don't care about losing the efficiency, I'm just wondering if the rig will work.

I don't do hardcore gaming either to the point where I'd need the 2133mhz.
To be honest I probably don't even need the 16GB, I'm fine with 8 for now but just want 16GB for more freedom in the future.
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a c 131 } Memory
November 22, 2013 10:36:16 AM

it should work, but anytime you mix any kits you never can be 100% sure. Usually with some bios tweaks here and there to get it stable but it should be doable.
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a c 1971 } Memory
November 22, 2013 5:25:48 PM

Mixing DRAM can be problematic, and mixing different freqs, voltages, Brands, etc can make it more so - Look to get a single set of the full amount you want
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