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September 19, 2010 11:09:58 PM

purchasing this motherboard

with two sticks ram 1 gig a piece. my first question is can i run the system with only two sticks? there are four slots

then if that is possible, when i upgrade i will probably only buy two additional sticks at 2 gig a piece for a total of six gig of ram which will fill all four slots. can you mix the sticks like that?

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a b } Memory
September 19, 2010 11:41:34 PM

1) You can run the system with 1, 2, 3 or 4 DIMM slots filled, so you will be fine with two sticks.

2) You can mix GB sizes and you want to make sure they are the same timings & voltage requirements to decrease the possible BSOD issues.
a c 347 } Memory
September 19, 2010 11:53:34 PM

The question is NOW = 2X1GB & LATER = 2X2GB == 6GB total - the answer is YES, but it is not the ideal solution for several reasons.

1. WIN {XP/Vista/7} - 64-bit is required NOW and 2 GB on x64 OS will quickly become slow because Virtual memory {HDD} will needed.
2. Matching Dual-Channel works more efficiently, but is "okay" 1GB+1GB | 2GB + 2GB
3. Recommend that you either use Certified or Tested DDR
a. Certified {D/L Memory Support List} -
b. Tested {example Crucial} -
4. Purchase NOW = 4 GB and LATER = 2 GB
5. Lastly, the difficult part, you want the DDR to have the SAME Speed, Timings, and Voltages - from the same RAM Mfg.

In conclusion I can only recommend and best practice using 2X2GB now and the same P/N DDR 2X2GB Later.

Good Luck!
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a c 347 } Memory
September 19, 2010 11:54:34 PM

^tecmo34 if you're on I'm off - good posting.
September 20, 2010 1:04:40 AM

ok thanks i will take your advice and do the 2x2 now...and the same set later

what is dual channel and how does it affect this?