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Can I put two different memory kits in the same motherboard?

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April 15, 2010 12:17:24 AM

I am using the ASUS P6TD Deluxe motherboard and G Skill F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI memory. That will take care of three of the slots (one set). Down the road if I want to fill the other set of slots, can I use completely different memory (different brand, size, latency timing, etc.)? In other words, as long as each stick in the set is the same, can the two sets be different from one another?

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April 15, 2010 12:22:01 AM

technically yes you can, practically the further you stray form the original set the more likely you are to have issues

when the time comes down the road you will be able to find a close enough match, likely for half what you pay for the first set
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April 15, 2010 12:23:43 AM

Well, one of the reasons I am asking is that later on I may want to get some 4GB memory per stick instead of 2. Would that still work?
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April 15, 2010 12:34:11 AM

likely but not guaranteed, if you get 6 now and 6 later, that would bring you to twelve

I have yet to meet anyone who can use anywhere near 12 gigs outside of professional applications
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April 15, 2010 12:45:48 AM

Okay, thanks. I'm looking at having at least 12GB in the future, but that might be enough. Just out of interest - why did they make this motherboard to support 24GB if no one uses that? Looking toward the future? Also in my searches and picking out memory, I didn't really see any 4GB sticks, only 2. Is 4 available?
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April 15, 2010 12:58:28 AM

1. professional and scientific applications have very different requirements than consumer use 2. many small businesses that buy a computer today will still be using it in 10+ years 3. and of course good old marketing "mine is bigger than yours"

based on the level of questions you are asking you will not be able to fully use 6 gigs let alone 12, and yes there are 4 gig sticks here's several
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...
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April 15, 2010 1:25:38 AM

This is my first build, that is why the questions are so basic :)  . The computer I'm building actually isn't for me, and the individual I am building it for wanted quite a bit of memory.
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April 15, 2010 1:26:02 AM

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April 15, 2010 1:36:05 AM

wasn't trying to be rude, it's just a common mistake I've seen people spend a lot on ram they can't use and then wonder why the computer isn't performing any better one with less
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April 15, 2010 10:42:43 AM

I understand. Thanks!
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April 15, 2010 1:49:47 PM

505090 said:
likely but not guaranteed, if you get 6 now and 6 later, that would bring you to twelve

I have yet to meet anyone who can use anywhere near 12 gigs outside of professional applications


Im a power user - i see 8gb flooded in my rig in no time - can see others running into this issue too

All you need is 3 heavy classic 32-bit apps to max the ram...
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April 15, 2010 5:34:00 PM

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Im a power user - i see 8gb flooded in my rig in no time - can see others running into this issue too

All you need is 3 heavy classic 32-bit apps to max the ram...


It is certainly possible to use that much ram, but when you look at the entire consumer base, those who do are are quite rare. That said, i have yet to see someone who does use that much ram, who would also need to ask such simple questions nor have someone else build their computer.
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