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Windows 7: Quick RAM Upgrade Question

17 Mar 2012   #21
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good upgrade although you should go into BIOS and manually set the RAM voltage, speed and timing.


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20 Mar 2012   #22
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

How did the upgrade go?
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20 Mar 2012   #23
IIllytch321

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yeah I'd say try the 4GBx2 and either underclock them or overclock the old ones (latter probably more risky), then when you get down the road, you can buy more evenly matched 4GBx2s and get your 16GB max.

Be wary of the voltage, also.

Don't spill soda on your motherboard.
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29 Mar 2012   #24
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Any word on how this went?
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29 Mar 2012   #25
obidon

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It actually went rather well, thank you.

I first took out my two 2GB sticks and then put in the two 4GB ones to see if any of the modules were bad. They weren't and the 8GB seemed to work well.

So I then filled the remaining slots with the other modules for a total of 12GB and to my surprise Windows just booted up with everything working fine. Have been working with the 12GB since I installed them about a week ago

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IIllytch321 View Post
Yeah I'd say try the 4GBx2 and either underclock them or overclock the old ones (latter probably more risky), then when you get down the road, you can buy more evenly matched 4GBx2s and get your 16GB max.
Lol I don't think I'll ever upgrade to the 16GB, at least not for this build. 12 should be PLENTY for now. Since this build was on a budget it's not the best of the best, just good enough to satisfy my computing needs for an IT student until I graduate. My next build will be insane though, and have probably the best components of that time. But for now I need to stop dreaming about the future and focus on the present if you know what I mean.

Well thanks for all the help on answering my questions guys.

Do you think I should still underclock/overclock/modify the frequency settings in the BIOS though? The timings and Latency seem to be pretty much matched in CPU-Z for all modules.
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29 Mar 2012   #26
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obidon View Post
Do you think I should still underclock/overclock/modify the frequency settings in the BIOS though? The timings and Latency seem to be pretty much matched in CPU-Z for all modules.
If the settings for all four modules show the same in CPU-z, then you should be okay. That just means that the BIOS defaulted to the lower setting between the two sets.

Good to hear that you are all squared away.
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