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Question about compatible memory! Help please.

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February 19, 2011 9:23:20 PM

Hello all! I ordered 4gb of memory for my 1st custom made computer and wanted to put some more in it but really dont see myself needing 8gb so I thought about settling with 6gb. So here is my question (forgive me for I am a first time builder) Do I have to have the same brand memory or can i get the same specs in something cheaper? I really just wanted a 2gb stick to make it six. Oh, and it is a dual channel if that helps. Here is what i ordered.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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February 19, 2011 11:03:38 PM

What memory do you have now? In order to stay in dual channel mode, you DO have to add ram in Pairs.
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February 19, 2011 11:27:36 PM

^+1 AND what MOBO do you have now? If you a Dual Channel then 2X__GB or Tri Channel 3X__GB. Yes, you are better off to 'match' the ICs as well e.g. Brand/Type, and obviously Frequency, all CAS timings, and Voltage.
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February 20, 2011 11:38:52 AM

You could get a 2GB kit (2x1GB), or even another 4GB kit(2x2GB), but unless you are using a 64-bit OS, anything more than what you have now will be a waste, as a 32-bit OS couldn't use it anyway.
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February 20, 2011 2:13:23 PM

Yeah I have 64 bit.
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