i currently have 4Gb DDR2 and im thinking of upgrading to i7 soon so i know i need to get an upgrade to DDR3 but should i go for these??? or should i wait it out and buy them all at 1 go??
i use win 7 64bit and my mobo takes DDR 3 (AsRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+)
if it matters my stats are:
CPU: Q6700 running @ 3.5Ghz
VGA: 5770 (soon buying another 5770 to crossfire)
Antec 1200 case
850W Corsair PSU
2 internal IDE HDDs (yeah i know they're old but theyre still going strong )
# Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1333 (2 x DIMM slots) with max. capacity up to 4GB and Dual Channel DDR2 1066 (4 x DIMM slots) with max. capacity up to 16GB
should i be worried that it says max 4Gb and im using 4Gb?? or is it ok to max it out??
the mobo came free with the CPU lol so i never complained but soon it will be time for a change but im hoping ill change it when i go i7 and like this the DDR3 is ready for me
and no upgrade is worth it if it slaps me with a BSoD
1- Support the 4GB without problem, so, u should not be worried about that.
2- A lower CL means a more fast RAM, but always in pair with the speed of the RAM (1333 or 1600 for example), the best performance is a lower CL with a high speed, for exmaple a 1600 RAM with CL6 is a very fast RAM but also is expensive. ($165 for 4GB and $245 for 6GB).
3- Ur mobo support 1333MHz by default, but doesn't mean that u can't OC the RAM, u can OC it. That only means that if u install the RAM without changes in the BIOS the ram will run at 1333MHz.
Now, since u want upgrade to a i7 bear in mind that the RAM could be a problem. If u go with a i7-8xx series the DDR3 RAM that u buy is fine and don't need upgrade it. BUT if u want go with a i7-9xx series, that processor support tri-channel that are 6GB(3x2GB), so, the RAM that u buy to ur friend or a similar option like I post could run but isn't goo for that kind of CPU.