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Can i add a different sized RAM stick?

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January 20, 2012 12:50:39 AM

Hello! I recently got 4GB(2x2GB sticks) of memory for my computer. Previously, I had 2GB (2x1GB sticks).

So I replaced the 1 gig sticks with the 2 gig sticks. When I was installing it, I think i remembered reading that you aren't supposed to have different sized ram sticks in the computer or something so I opted to not put the 1 gig sticks back in.

Now I am wondering if I actually made that story up and if my computer could have an extra 2 gigs of RAM.

So will it be a problem if I add the other RAM sticks?

Here are the parts in case that matters:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2gig)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (4gig)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (motherboard)

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January 20, 2012 1:07:22 AM

Looks like it should work. The Corsair RAM look to be similar enough. If you are using Windows 7 32-bit though, anything past 4GB won't be recognized.
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January 20, 2012 3:04:39 AM

There was an article on this a while back though I can't remember where. But I remember the summary basically being this: If the extra ram is utilized, then the extra ram benefit will outweigh any speed decrease that might occur by not using it.
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January 20, 2012 9:22:37 PM

I just took a closer look and noticed that the RAM have different voltages and timings. That might cause some problems.
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January 20, 2012 9:58:15 PM

oh... rats!

i guess i won't add it then... what kind of damage could it do?
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January 20, 2012 10:03:02 PM

Supermuncher85 said:
There was an article on this a while back though I can't remember where. But I remember the summary basically being this: If the extra ram is utilized, then the extra ram benefit will outweigh any speed decrease that might occur by not using it.

You are right on what you read. A few months ago I had opened a thread and asked a similar question, and what you stated was the consensus.
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January 20, 2012 10:50:50 PM

Yep it's not optimal but it works fine though
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January 28, 2012 12:59:29 AM

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January 28, 2012 1:22:42 AM

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