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Windows 7: To upgrade ram or not? HTPC with DDR3-1600 PC3-12800

22 Feb 2012   #1

windows 7 32-bit
 
 
To upgrade ram or not? HTPC with DDR3-1600 PC3-12800

Hey guys.

So I bought my computer 2 years ago and got 4gb of 12800.

I'm running Windows 7 32-bit, so my understanding is that 4gb is the max. Is this correct?

Well, my computer was having frequent BSODs and I found the culprit to be faulty ram. (You guys helped, as I recall.)

I took out the bad ram and problem solved. ..but now with only 2gb of ram.

I totally lagged on getting the ram replaced via warranty, but now am getting off my ass.

I did a price check and the same ram is a mere $25 to replace the bad 2gb, but I was wondering if some newer/faster ram would do me better (it's been 2 years). Also, could I go over 4gb or am I mistaken?

My motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 and I've got a AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz

thanks!


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22 Feb 2012   #2

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

ok.. just confirmed myself that my motherboard's max is 1666... so 1600 it is.

I also confirmed 4gb is the max.

thanks!

-f
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22 Feb 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

4 GB max only as long as you're running 32 bit Windows. Install 64 bit Windows and you could put in up to the max supported by the motherboard of 16 GB.
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22 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
4 GB max only as long as you're running 32 bit Windows. Install 64 bit Windows and you could put in up to the max supported by the motherboard of 16 GB.
Which is also what I would recommend if you can afford the time to re-install Windows.

RAM is extremely cheap nowadays and I'd go for a 2x4GB 1600 configuration.
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