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Need advice in memory upgrades, compatability?

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November 28, 2013 10:33:31 AM


I need some advice on memory for my system. I currently have 4GB (2x2GB) on the P5B deluxe Motherboard with the 6600 Conroe Processor. I would like to boost this up to 8GB.

I was reading in the MB manual that is supports 256, 512, 1GB and 2GB dimms, but makes no mention of the 4GB dimms. Do I have to use 4x2Gb dimms, or can I use 2x4GB dimms?

Also, the manual says that all dimms should be the same case latency, so if I were to keep the 2x2GB's I have and then add two more, what would happen if the latency was different between the two sets?


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November 28, 2013 10:42:58 AM

I looked up compatibility, and the best you can do is the 2GB sticks up to 1066mhz speed x 4. The bios allows for one set of settings to be applied to all mem sticks. If another pair is spec'd differently, then one pair of mem sticks will be run out of spec. They may still run perfectly fine, or you may run into problems. If they aren't matched perfectly, its a gamble, and for the price these go for, its a little expensive.

Are you sure your intended use will benefit most from the additional RAM, or might spending the money on a SSD (can carry over to your future build later) prove to give a better user experience?
November 28, 2013 10:55:41 AM

Thank you for your help :) 

I kinda figured it would be what you said. I found a set of 4x2GB on so I think I'm going go that route then. I have been having some issue with online games, and when I check my performance graphs in Task Manager I'm almost always maxed on the memory scale. I will freeze up momentarily at times and the HD will be working hard.

Memory isn't too outrageous for pricing so I figured it would be a cheaper than an SSD. No plans to upgrade to another system real soon, so it seemed the better option.

November 29, 2013 10:58:31 AM

Your welcome. Try to free up any unnecessary tasks. Kill tasks in Task Manager. Some services can also be changed from automatic to manual or even disabled, if they are unecessary. Everytime I install the OS, I refer to to look up which services I can safely nuke, as I could never maintain that in my memory. Cheers~

I play a MMO, and having the SSD makes a huge difference when zoning. Just something to think about for the future.