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Combining new stick of RAM with old stick. Compatibility?

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August 1, 2009 3:47:34 AM

Recently just had one stick of RAM crap out on me, leaving me with only 1 GB of RAM, and after going a day with that, I've decided I need more :D 

The stick currently in there is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the stick I'm looking to buy is here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My motherboard is a ECS GF7100/7050PVT-M3

So putting the 2 GB stick in would give me 3 gigs, which would be fine, I'm just worried that mixing and matching these two completely different sticks would give me some problems.

Is there anything I should be worried about or should everything be fine?

Thanks!

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August 1, 2009 4:03:05 AM

Everything should be fine. It won't run in dual channel mode, but that probably isn't important in your case.
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August 1, 2009 4:22:05 AM

Never understood what Dual channel meant anyway. For some reason, even with both old sticks, it always ran in Single channel and I never really took the time to find out how to change it.

Is it a sizable difference?
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August 9, 2009 12:50:30 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_channel

For dual channel, you would need to put the pair of sticks in the same colored slots on the motherboard, which usually means there is an empty slot in between the modules.

From what I've seen, there isn't much of an improvement with dual channel.
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