Adding RAM to a new laptop, do sizes and brand need to match?


I have a new laptop on the way from Alienware, I ordered it with 4 gigs of DDR 3 1600Mhz RAM. This is in two modules. If I buy an additional 2x4GB gig modules, something like this:

Can I add in the two 4GB modules, along with the existing two 2GB modules, for a total of 12 gigs? The laptop has 4 slots, for up to 16 gigs of RAM.

Mainly, from a performance perspective:

1. Is it bad to have two different brands of RAM in the same laptop?
2. Can I have different size modules (2x2GB and 2x4GB) in the same laptop?

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  1. It is always suggested to avoid mixing brands and types of RAM...

    That said there should not be any trouble doing so. You need to make sure the timings match though.
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