Does brand matter with RAM compatibility?

I am running on a Mushkin 2GB DDR2 800MHz stick of RAM right now. I was running two sticks, but one was faulty and burned out. I am looking to get another 2 gig stick, but I want to be sure before I do. Should the brands be the same? It might be a stupid question, but I've been surprised by incompatibility before. I would imagine all that matters is that I'm running another 2 GB stick of DDR2 800MHz across from it, but I don't want any surprises. Any helping words?

As always, thanks a lot for the help!
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  1. Were they individual sticks or did they come in a dual channel (paired) set?

    If they were a dual channel set, I would just replace the one stick with another dual channel set, because you can experience some issues mixing sets.

    If they were just single sticks, you can get other brands. Just make sure the speed (MHz), timings, and Cas Latency are all the same.
  2. They were in a set 4GB (2 x 2GB). I guess I'll just go with a whole new set. Thanks.
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