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September 29, 2010 1:49:22 PM

Im building a new PC and I've come across a problem with my RAM selection.

Crucial 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

ASUS M4A88T-M AMD 880G Socket AM3

When I try to install the RAM the notch on it doesn't line up with the notch on the RAM.
Am I going to need to select a new Ram?
And if so does allow returns?


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September 29, 2010 1:58:50 PM

It's because your motherboard only supports DDR3 ram and you purchased DDR2 ram.

Sorry but your going to have to return the old ram and purchase some that is compatible with your motherboard. If you need help with ram selection, let me know.

Generally tiger direct is good about returns. As long as you send it back with all of the original packaging it should be fine. They do an inspection, but since you didn't even use it, should be fine.
September 29, 2010 6:34:10 PM

Ah that's what I assumed unfortunately.

Would you recommend investing in 4gb of RAM?
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September 30, 2010 8:57:08 AM

Yes those will fit... And OCZ in general is a very good brand. But i suggest you invest in a higher frequency memory. Those you selected seems to be 800mhz which is quite low for DDR3 Memory.

I will rather invest money in like DDR3 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz, making the system a bit more future proof and ensure that the memory is fast enough for the CPU.
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September 30, 2010 9:02:28 AM

Jcurley said:

Will this RAM fit?
Is OCZ a good brand?

That is a very bad memory kit. The standard for DDR3 Memory now is DDR3 1333 or 1600; that is a DDR3 800 kit. OCZ is a decent brand, but they have been having compatibility issues later. You might be better off getting G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin, Patriot, or Kingston.

These are a couple of the best deals right now:

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 CL9 Desktop Memory
* Top shelf brand
* Basic memory kit

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory
* Lower latency, higher performance kit
* Would require tweaking for best performance