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Memory upgarde in an AM2+ system

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November 11, 2012 9:36:45 AM

Hi,

My system:
AMD Phenom 8450 Triple
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H
G. Skill DDR2 800 2 x 1GB

I want to upgrade my RAM for better performance in multitasking and daily use. (Windows 8)

I'll be happy for an advice how should I upgrade it:
I can get my hands on G skill DDR2 2 x 2GB Pi Black edition in both 800 and 1066 versions.

First, will I see any difference with the 1066 version?
Second, should I add the new sticks to my existing sticks and get a 6GB total in 800MHz? (2x1GB + 2x2GB) Would windows 8 benefit from this combination? or should I buy the 1066 version and use only the 2x 2GB?

Thanks a lot four your help!
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November 11, 2012 9:46:54 AM

If you're using the 64 bit version of windows, then more ram will help. If you're mixing ram brands, be sure you can return it if needed. Some ram won't mix well; best to try it out at the source before paying for it. I look for used pairs on craigslist. For 1066 ram, most boards require you to overclock the cpu. You'll have to check the manual ram settings in your bios. To run at 1066, you can try setting your cpu fsb at 266 instead of 200.
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November 11, 2012 6:02:12 PM

o1die said:
If you're using the 64 bit version of windows, then more ram will help. If you're mixing ram brands, be sure you can return it if needed. Some ram won't mix well; best to try it out at the source before paying for it. I look for used pairs on craigslist. For 1066 ram, most boards require you to overclock the cpu. You'll have to check the manual ram settings in your bios. To run at 1066, you can try setting your cpu fsb at 266 instead of 200.


Thanks for the answer.

I'm using a 64bit windows 8, so you're saying I should rather try to match two more sticks to have 6GB on 800MHz than to have only 4GB on 1066MHz?
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November 11, 2012 7:14:17 PM

I'm saying that your board will likely run 1066 ram at 800, unless your motherboard has a bios setting for 1066 or you overclock the cpu. Mixing ram likely will default to 800, but you may get errors ocassionally. You'll just have to try it. I wouldn't pay retail for the 1066 ram; it might be just as cheap to sell your old ram/board/cpu and switch to am3 or am3+. Frys has a lano board/retail box cpu for only $50 after rebate this week. With ddr3 going for $30 or less on sale, it makes more sense to get something like this than buy more ddr2. http://findnsave.star-telegram.com/Local-Ads/a-16883/Fr...
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