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[Memory] - Ram discontinued, whats to do?

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October 26, 2009 5:45:27 PM

Hello everyone,

I have 2gigs of Crucial Ballistix which has been discountinued as you can see on newegg.

Link to my Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My question is, what ram will be compatible as i want to upgrade to 4 gigs now that i have win7 pro x64, or do i have to ditch the old ram and buy a 4 gig set?


Not sure if you need any other information to help diagnose this but, any help would be awesome.


Thanks~!
Christoper.

Mobo - Abit IP35 Pro
Memory - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
8800 GTS 512
e8400 @ 3.4
HX-620

Laptop - Gateway 7805 3 dMark06 9787 stock.
October 26, 2009 7:47:00 PM

Memory compatibility is not much of a concern these days.

With 4-slots on your motherboards, you have two independent pairs of dual-channel memory. Your 2x1GB dimms already run as single dual-channel pair. The other memory you install would run as a separate pair. The two pairs do not need to be matched (dimms in a pair should match for best results, but even thats not necessary, the size is the only necessary factor for dual-channel).

You could actually run your crucial ballistic 2GB kit with a PNY 1GB kit (2x512MB) or a Corsair 4GB kit (2x2GB), and even at different speeds if you wanted (though why bother).

If you want to double your memory, just find some that runs at the same settings: DDR2 800, 5-5-5-12 (or whatever) timings, 1.8V (or whatever). This is your best bet for maximum performance.
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October 26, 2009 8:06:13 PM

Just get a 2X2GB set.
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October 26, 2009 8:39:23 PM

thanks for the info. both of you helped... im going to just get a 2x2 and add it, see if it will handle 6 gigs.
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