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RAM Compatibility.

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November 18, 2012 11:34:12 PM

Alright, here is a conundrum I have for all you technophiles here at Tom's. I'm working on doing my first computer build. I've been buying parts over the last couple months on newegg. Hitting up the sales whenever I can.

They've recently offered a motherboard Packaged with some sticks of DDR3 ram. the mb has 4 slots, but I already purchased ram a little over a month ago when it was on sale. What I am wondering is that if the memory sticks would be compatible with eachother 2 different ways.

the first being, is there going to be enough room to be able to physically sit side by side, even with the metal heat shields that diffuse the heat on top.

the second is if they are tecnically compatible with one another. They are different brand, but have the same voltage, timing, clock speed, ect. Basically the only difference that I can see is the brand and heat shield design.

Here are links for the aforementioned parts:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Offered Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Owned Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So what do you think? Will I be able to use them together to get an effective 16 gb of ram?

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a c 251 } Memory
November 19, 2012 12:20:29 AM

In over 95% of cases they would work together. Does not hurt to give it a try but you can always sell of one kit if it does not.
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November 19, 2012 12:27:42 AM

NinjaKnight said:
the first being, is there going to be enough room to be able to physically sit side by side, even with the metal heat shields that diffuse the heat on top.

Yes. That will never be an issue. The only thing to ever worry about is vertical clearance, if the CPU cooler overhangs the RAM slots.

Also, are you sure you'll actually need 16 GB? What are you going to use the computer for?
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