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February 1, 2013 8:41:43 AM

I'm planning on buy 8GB of brand new RAM and maybe removing my old 2x2gb RAM sticks, I have 4 slots from RAM one of which is blue? I'm not sure why but i'm guessing you all know.. so what RAM do I go ahead and order with this computer?

AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2Ghz
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD 760G.
4GB (2x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory
Asus GTX 660TI DirectCU II 2GB GDDR5
CoolerMaster Elite 500watt Gaming Power Supply
1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache Hard Drive

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February 1, 2013 8:46:15 AM

jooshie said:
I'm planning on buy 8GB of brand new RAM and maybe removing my old 2x2gb RAM sticks, I have 4 slots from RAM one of which is blue? I'm not sure why but i'm guessing you all know.. so what RAM do I go ahead and order with this computer?

AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2Ghz
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD 760G.
4GB (2x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory
Asus GTX 660TI DirectCU II 2GB GDDR5
CoolerMaster Elite 500watt Gaming Power Supply
1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache Hard Drive


1 of them is blue ? That's a little odd, your board supports dual channel so there should be 2 black and 2 blue DIMM slots. As far as your RAM, your board supports up to 2000Mhz RAM. So anything under that should work just fine, and your CPU should be compatible as well.

The only thing that would cause any problem is your OS. Do you have a 32-bit or 64-bit OS?
February 1, 2013 8:47:20 AM

Oh right there's a second blue one actually, I couldn't see it. My OS is 64-bit also.
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February 1, 2013 8:55:20 AM

If you have 64-bit OS version, then you will not have any problem. And as abCasPeRR said, your board supports RAM speed upto 2000MHz, so you will have no problem in using RAM upto 2000MHz.
February 1, 2013 8:57:59 AM

Alright that's great, thanks :)  With my current RAM which I have no idea what it is, would it be worth just removing them and adding the newer ones instead.. or shall I just add the newer ones onto it with the old ones still in.
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February 1, 2013 9:03:24 AM

jooshie said:
Alright that's great, thanks :)  With my current RAM which I have no idea what it is, would it be worth just removing them and adding the newer ones instead.. or shall I just add the newer ones onto it with the old ones still in.

Getting rid of the old ones and just buying a 2 x 4GB kit would be the easiest with regard to compatibility. And it's not like it'll cost you that much more. It also means you can get faster RAM; DDR3-1600 is standard and will perform fine, though you can perhaps squeeze out another few percent here and there with DDR3-1866.
February 1, 2013 9:05:56 AM

Alright thanks alot for the help guys.
February 1, 2013 9:11:27 AM

jooshie said:
Alright that's great, thanks :)  With my current RAM which I have no idea what it is, would it be worth just removing them and adding the newer ones instead.. or shall I just add the newer ones onto it with the old ones still in.


You should consider speed of old RAM. If it is lower than what you are planning to buy right now, then it will be of no use to you except increase in RAM capacity. If you buy new RAM with more speed and put it with old RAM (which has lower speed), your new RAM will be accessed with the speed of lowest RAM speed connected to your system.

My suggestion would be to use new RAMs only, if old RAM is slower. If speeds are same, then you can mix old and new ones.
February 1, 2013 9:50:21 AM

You can keep the old 4GB (2x2GB) RAM in your system and get another 4GB (2x2GB) of 1333mhz DDR3 installing in the two empty slots. NOTE: Your computer motherboard supports up to 32GB Max.
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February 1, 2013 10:19:27 AM

ndositwe said:
You can keep the old 4GB (2x2GB) RAM in your system and get another 4GB (2x2GB) of 1333mhz DDR3 installing in the two empty slots. NOTE: Your computer motherboard supports up to 32GB Max.

Compatibility isn't assured, though.
February 1, 2013 11:07:57 PM

jooshie said:
Oh right there's a second blue one actually, I couldn't see it. My OS is 64-bit also.


Ok you'll have no problem with any RAM up to 2000Mhz and up to 32gbs.
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