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Looking to Upgrade RAM in system but need some advice.

So I am looking to upgrade my system to get ready for some of the games coming out in 2017. Right now I am running an i5-3570k 3.4Ghz, and MSI GTX 970 Gaming edition, and 8 gbs of RAM. I currently don't overclock my CPU and if I need to in order to game it should be able to handle it no problems and my video card, while not cutting edge or anything, should be able to handle a fair bit of whatever 2017 throws at it. That being said, it seems that the biggest bottleneck right now is my RAM. I want to put 8 more gigs into the system for a total of 16gbs but my issue is that my CPU heatsink is rather large and sits right over one of the RAM slots. I found some low profile RAM that I think will fit but it isn't the same brand as the RAM I currently have in my system; however, the RAM I am considering buying has the same cas latency/timing as the RAM currently in my system. My question is am I gonna run into trouble having two different brands of RAM in my system if they are the same specifications wise? I will paste the links to my current RAM, RAM I am considering buying, my mobo, and my heatsink below so all the information is there. Any advice at all would be appreciated!

Current RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
New RAM:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2CYY6CNUNYDAC&coliid=I3NZ71ZYNHII6Y
MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330
Heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103182
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  1. Two brands of RAM should be fine. [Insert very long explanation of tech things]
  2. If your Cooler sits over the RAM slot then that would be a problem as you would have to remove the HS and require re- applying your TIM. And you will be restricted to Low profile DIMMs.

    It is not a good idea to use differing DIMM kits. Even kits with modules of the same spec can give issues. There are very valid reasons and I can elaborate on this.

    I could not view the new RAM from your link to Amazon.?
    My advice; Look up the MB QVL and select a single 16GB kit that have been tested and keep your existing RAM as spares.
  3. MeanMachine41 said:
    If your Cooler sits over the RAM slot then that would be a problem as you would have to remove the HS and require re- applying your TIM. And you will be restricted to Low profile DIMMs.

    It is not a good idea to use differing DIMM kits. Even kits with modules of the same spec can give issues. There are very valid reasons and I can elaborate on this.

    I could not view the new RAM from your link to Amazon.?
    My advice; Look up the MB QVL and select a single 16GB kit that have been tested and keep your existing RAM as spares.


    Sorry the link to amazon would not work, I don't know why it didn't as it works for me. The RAM linked to Amazon is a low profile RAM from Corsair. Could you elaborate on why it would not be a good idea to mix RAM kits if their required voltage, cas latency, timing, and both are DDR3 1600. I have seen a mixture of people saying it is bad and a mixture of people saying that as I am running identical RAM in each dual channel set-up (e.g. my G.SKill in a dual channel fashion such as A1 and B1 and by Corsair low profile in A2 and B2) then I should be fine. I can't really afford to just buy a single 16gb stick as the Low Profile corsair in the amazon link provided an economically viable and rather easy way to work around my bottleneck.
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    In many cases ,yes you can however there is no guarantee. If you go this way then ensure you can return them if they don't work.
    It is NOT a good idea to mix kits as manufacturers bin kits to ensure latency timings match. It is in the Manufacturing process that tiny variations occur.

    Go here for an experts article on the subject: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?57038-Don%92t-combine-memory-kits!-The-meat-and-potatoes-overview

    Many try to mix kits to save cost only to come to the Forum wondering why they don't work and are frustrated trying to modify settings in Bios. You need to know how to change Primary Timings and Voltage and sometimes Secondary timings with no guarantee of success. So you take a risk doing so.!!!
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