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 Post subject: RAM question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:32 pm 
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looking for ram was going to get 4GB x 2 for a motherboard im going to buy but want some opinions for this. the mother board has 4 slots 2 ddr2 and 2 ddr3 my old pc uses ddr2 so im getting this MB to utilize the ram i have 2GB X 2 DDR2 i have been shoping for ram and found 1 8 GB
so is it better to have the only reson i ask is bc the one 8 is the cheapest i have found at 1333 mhz 32.50

1 8 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2
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1 2 GB ddr2 or

1 4 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2
1 4 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:15 pm 
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Whooa, hold on Sally! You can't mix ddr2 and ddr3. What is the make/model of your motherboard and what proc are you sporting?

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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:48 pm 
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wolverineweapon wrote:
looking for ram was going to get 4GB x 2 for a motherboard im going to buy but want some opinions for this. the mother board has 4 slots 2 ddr2 and 2 ddr3 my old pc uses ddr2 so im getting this MB to utilize the ram i have 2GB X 2 DDR2 i have been shoping for ram and found 1 8 GB
so is it better to have the only reson i ask is bc the one 8 is the cheapest i have found at 1333 mhz 32.50

1 8 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2
blank
1 2 GB ddr2 or

1 4 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2
1 4 GB ddr3
1 2 GB ddr2

Well if your old computer uses DDR2, you can swap them out for DDR3s, they are newer and also better. 1 RAM chip will do the same as 2 if they add up to the same (i.e 2 4GB DDR3 and 1 8GB DDR3). You can go for the 1 8GB DDR3 if and it should be fine. You could also go the traditional 2x4GB cards, but why not just 1?


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:46 pm 
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blaziruku wrote:
Well if your old computer uses DDR2, you can swap them out for DDR3s, they are newer and also better. 1 RAM chip will do the same as 2 if they add up to the same (i.e 2 4GB DDR3 and 1 8GB DDR3). You can go for the 1 8GB DDR3 if and it should be fine. You could also go the traditional 2x4GB cards, but why not just 1?

Uh. Slots for DDR2 and DDR3 are physically different. You can't upgrade a DDR2 motherboard with DDR3 modules.


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:03 pm 
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if its old enough that it uses ddr2, it will not be able to use an 8gig memory chip. probably cannot use a 4gig chip either, and as said above, you cannot use ddr3 in a ddr2 board.unless it's one like this, http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSi-Eight-Memory-Slots,7214.html but this board came out in 2009. there were other transition boards made that had two slots for each type of memory. gigabyte, asus, and asrock made one.


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:29 am 
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blaziruku wrote:
Well if your old computer uses DDR2, you can swap them out for DDR3s, they are newer and also better.


Newer and better yes, but physically incompatible.

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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:07 pm 
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the motherboard has ddr2 and ddr3 slots thats why the question came up. from my understanding the diff between ddr ,2, 3 is voltage thats why the slots are diff so you do not ruin a motherboard so why would it have ddr2 and ddr3 slots if they cannot be used together please pay attention to original post it even says 2 of each slot


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:10 pm 
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here is a link to motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157309


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:59 pm 
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If you read the product sheet on the page, you'll find that it says:
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DR3 and DDR2 are supported separately.
DDR3 memory is only supported by installing AM3/AM3+ CPU.

Meaning, you can't mix and match memory modules of different types.


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:04 pm 
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Thank you I completely looked over that I had a motherboard picked out and I saw that one and thought that since I have ddr2 and I'm getting ddr3 I could come out with even more ram but I'm going to go back to the other motherboard that I had picked the CPU is amd 6100 fx am3+


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 Post subject: Re: RAM question
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:23 pm 
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A handy utility for checking what RAM you're using is CPUZ. The Memory tab will tell you what type of memory you have as well as the timings.


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