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Can I use 2 different types of RAM in my motherboard?

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July 15, 2014 3:26:02 PM

I recently built a new computer, and realized that i should of put more RAM in it. I currently only have 8GB (2 sticks of 4gb).

This is my current RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-8GSR.

And I was going to use my old RAM from my previous computer, which is some generic brand I think,
8GB DDR3 SDRAM, which is also 2 sticks of 4gb.

Would i be able to use both?

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July 15, 2014 3:32:00 PM

Its not recommended to mix them, which is why you should buy them in kits. But you might get away with it, I used to do it on a machine I had a few years back. It had 4 sticks of different sizes all by different manufactures, and it pretty much worked flawlessly. Some people try it and run into all sorts of issues.

Wont damage it to try. Any problems just go with your newest ram on its own.
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July 15, 2014 3:40:49 PM

When it comes to mixing ram kits they should have the same timings, CAS latency, frequency, voltage required and quantity of ram.
Even so, it may not work at all.
8GBs is quite enough for most user's needs, going above that aount of ram is required only when multitasking or heavy softwares.
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July 15, 2014 4:19:22 PM

As long as you have them, give it a try, if any problems, let me know the model numbers of the DRAM and we'll see if we can make adjustments to timings and voltage to get them to play ;) 
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