Purchasing ddr3 question

purchasing this motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131646


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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  1. 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.
  2. 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} - http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=umllTHNRm4IGqnbL
    b. Tested {example Crucial} - http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=M4A88TD-V%20EVO/USB3
    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!
  3. ^tecmo34 if you're on I'm off - good posting.
  4. 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?
  5. Dual channel - decreases the bottleneck between RAM & CPU and allows faster computation in a clock cycle ~ +5% increase CPU+RAM.

    More info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-channel_architecture
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