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?
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.