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Looking to upgrade Ram on MB, don't understand timing

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October 29, 2010 8:21:38 AM

Here is a motherboard i bought a long time ago:

thinking about upgrading to:

Just want to make sure it's compatible and all.

Mainly just wanna get more memory, but they have different timings, and reading the guide on memory I still don't really understand memory. Primary uses is for gaming if the information helps at all.

Thanks in advance.
a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
October 29, 2010 8:44:05 AM

Yes its absolutely compatible and in fact a good choice.. If you are worried about mixing it with your existing RAM modules then give us the details of your current RAM and we'll let you know in case of any complications..
October 29, 2010 8:47:35 AM

Awesome thanks for the reply:

And here's my current ram:

If they can mix without any problems that would be awesome, the more memory the better, if not, i'll live. I currently just have 2gb and I def feel like my system runs sluggish because of that sole reason.
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a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
October 29, 2010 9:02:09 AM

I don't like transcend that much though the specs on that RAM look solid.. You can mix them but -

1. You'll loose the dual channel advantage.

2. You'll need to raise the timings on that Transcend RAM in the BIOS (to 5-5-5-15) before adding in the G-Skill RAMs.

IMO, 4GB is enough for gaming needs.. So my advice is to keep that Transcend memory aside for the time being and try with the G-Skill set alone.. See from there if you need more RAM or not..
October 29, 2010 9:22:01 AM

ok thank you so much
a c 97 } Memory
a c 216 V Motherboard
October 29, 2010 3:38:11 PM

Some motherboards are sensitive to mismatched ram. Even the same part number can have different characteristics. That is why ram is sold in kits. The key specs to match are DDR2, and 1.8v.

1) Check the Gskil ram configurator to verify that the 4gb kit is compatible with your motherboard. I suspect it is. You want assurance from the ram vendor that you are compatible if there should be some problem.
2) Go ahead and install the 4gb kit. You will, at least have 4gb which should be plenty if you are not multitasking.
3) Install the old 1gb parts, giving you 3gb on each channel. They seem to be compatible. Your ram will operate at the lowest common denominator of specs. That is not all bad, since the value of lots of ram will overcome any minor reductions in speed or timings. You do have a 64 bit os to take advantage of 6gb, right?
4) Test with memtest86+. You should get NO errors after a full pass or two.
a c 347 } Memory
a c 715 V Motherboard
October 29, 2010 3:46:41 PM

^ Yep, +1 - Please post you CURRENT RAM; need part-number and/or link.

If you don't know: 1. Shutdown and read the label off the RAM, 2. Use CPUz