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December 7, 2012 7:19:53 PM

OK guys, need a little help here.

Being the poor guy I am, I am going to have to squeak another year out of my Q6600 @ 3.2GHz. I know, to most of you guys this is junk. I used to build a new machine every 6 months or so, and upgrade between builds, but I simply don't need, and can't really afford, to do that anymore.

My desire to upgrade started when my Radeon 4850 began dying a slow, painful death. I only play World of Warcraft on my PC, all my other gaming is done on either my PS3 or XBOX 360. My kids play some of the Facebook games, but the 4850 handles them just fine. I can honestly play World of Warcraft with high enough settings to satisfy me, but my video card is freaking out on me, causing random lockups and restarts, which becomes really annoying, especially when in an arena or while raiding. It is definitely the video card, I replaced it with a friends 4850 and the issue disappeared.

I have settled on a Radeon 7770 1GB, which should be sufficient for World of Warcraft on max settings. The price is also right on this card, I don't want to spend too much when a new PC is probably a year or so away. So I'm squared away there.

Anyway, here is the question. I have 4GB of RAM, a 2x2GB kit which was pretty nice in it's day. I'm running 64 bit Windows 7. I'm hitting 70 to 80 percent memory usage at times with World of Warcraft, foobar2000, and Ventrillo running. I can't help but think a memory upgrade would show me some performance improvement.

I can't get the same memory as I'm currently running, but I can get a 2x1GB kit that is 4,4,4,12 (as is my current memory) that I could run in the two unused memory slots, bumping me up to 6GB of RAM, for less than 40.00.

1. Would I have any issues because all 4 sticks of memorey aren't identical? I know that is the "ideal" but in this case isn't possible.

2. Someone suggested that more than 4GB of RAM would "bottleneck" my Q6600. Is this the case?

December 7, 2012 8:01:39 PM

Help please guys, I want to make a Newegg order! Got the video card in the cart already lol.
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December 7, 2012 8:52:13 PM

1. You didn't tell us your specs so we can't suggest memory
2. No
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December 7, 2012 9:02:42 PM

Which specs do you need bud? Do you need the specific make of memory that I have?
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December 7, 2012 9:24:28 PM

I'm 99% certain that if you stick the 1GB sticks in there, the other sticks will only be able to use 1 of their 2 Gigs... rendering it pointless.

Do you need DDR2 or 3 memory? If it's 3, then you're fine, as 8GBs is only about $30
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December 7, 2012 9:28:16 PM

DarkSable if that is the case... that sucks!

Current memory is OCZ OCZ2RPR800C44GK PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz Reaper HPC Edition CL4 4GB Dual Channel Kit.

I found a used kit like mine, but 150.00 is a bit more, well... a LOT more, than I am willing to spend :( 
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December 7, 2012 9:44:48 PM

I do see Komputerbay 8GB (4 X 2GB) DDR2 DIMM (240 pin) 800MHZ PC2-6400 PC2-6300 Desktop RAM with Red Heatspreaderss for extra Cooling CL 5-5-5-18 for just over 100.00.

Think it would be worth the upgrade from 4GB?
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December 7, 2012 10:02:16 PM

Quote:
Which specs do you need bud? Do you need the specific make of memory that I have?

The motherboard make and model.
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December 7, 2012 10:19:24 PM

Mobo is an ASUS P5Q Pro. Sorry.
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December 8, 2012 1:39:10 PM

DarkSable is wrong, if you put compatible sticks in the right slots you can mix 2 & 1 gb sticks with no problem. Use them in pairs in the right slots and you will maintain dual channel and be able to use all the ram. Good luck.
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December 8, 2012 3:02:09 PM

Thanks bud, gonna pick up a 2x1GB, or a 2x2GB kit if the price difference isn't much. I really appreciate the help!
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December 8, 2012 3:10:50 PM

Ok buying Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LLK2/2GN.

Closest I can find to my current memory, 39.00. Gonna go ahead and get a 2GB 7770, price difference between 2 GB and 1GB is pretty much none.

Thanks for all the help guys. I should be fine for another year or so if I have to be, for less than 2 bills total :) 

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December 9, 2012 12:27:22 PM

Have fun!
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December 9, 2012 12:37:47 PM

Thanks, hopefully NewEgg will ship quick, my video card just can't take the strain of WoW anymore lol, reboots the PC when too much happens on screen :( 
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December 18, 2012 10:59:58 PM

Best answer selected by DaveInLa.
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