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Windows 7: Need more RAM


11 Jan 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Need more RAM

Sorry to burden you guys with a mundane question but I'm Hardware illiterate.

My wife's PC is constantly running @ 80-90% RAM capacity. I think it needs more grunt.

The MB is Gygabyte GA-277x-D3H & there is one stick of 8Gb RAM * Windows 7 x 64. I dare not touch the RAM stick just in case I zapp it.

BUT.... due to location in australia i need to order in via eBay etc. No shop close by.

QUESTIONS:
  1. Exactly what type of RAM do I need? A second 8Gb or a new 16Gb stick?
  2. Can the existing 8Gb work alongside a new 16Gb stick OK?
  3. Can someone tell me the RAM's part number to buy plz?


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11 Jan 2014   #2

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi there .. You are better using matching pairs of Ram .. Your Motherboard can take up to 32 GB .. Use the Scanner below to find out which type of Ram you need ..

Use the Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer


GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H (rev. 1.0)
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11 Jan 2014   #3

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

The ideal situation is always matched RAM. You board supports DDR3 2800(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules. ID the stick you have now and find it's mate on evilbay, it should be fine at default settings. I've run mixed sets of RAM in the past with no ill effects, different speeds, sizes and manufacturers, it's not the recommended procedure but it can work. If you are going to OC for optimum performance then you really need all new matched sticks.
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11 Jan 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Handling ram is very straight forward. Once you've found the closest matching stick of the same brand and description then open the hold down clips and by grabbing the ram by it's ends you can only align in one direction to properly fit in it's ram slot via the center notch so pay close attention to that alignment. Please refer to your mobo manual for the correct lane to use, your mobo has all black lanes but that second ram stick will want to be one of the available three lanes and the manual will explain which. When the ram properly seats the clips will lightly snap into place and often makes a clicking sound.

As mentioned if you can't find the same ram then you'll want to get a matching set from a quality manufacturer. It would allow for a ram speed increase (mhz rating) and I would think minimum 1600-1866 Mhz or on the semi affordable high end 2133-2400 Mhz. Look to Corsair, GSkill, Crucial, Kingston and several others can make excellent choices. Side note I just bought but have'nt tried yet a new brand called Team but I'm reading good things.

I would removed and look closely at the make and model of the first ram stick and then with that info go shopping to find it's pair.
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11 Jan 2014   #5

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaLF View Post
Sorry to burden you guys with a mundane question but I'm Hardware illiterate.

My wife's PC is constantly running @ 80-90% RAM capacity. I think it needs more grunt.

The MB is Gygabyte GA-277x-D3H & there is one stick of 8Gb RAM * Windows 7 x 64. I dare not touch the RAM stick just in case I zapp it.

BUT.... due to location in australia i need to order in via eBay etc. No shop close by.


QUESTIONS:
  1. Exactly what type of RAM do I need? A second 8Gb or a new 16Gb stick?
  2. Can the existing 8Gb work alongside a new 16Gb stick OK?
  3. Can someone tell me the RAM's part number to buy plz?
She's got 8 GB of RAM and she's running at 80 to 90% capacity? What is she running that takes that much RAM? It sounds to me like she has something eating up her RAM rather than needing more of it. Unless she's doing video editing or something, 8 GB should be more than enough for most applications.
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11 Jan 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With 8GB of RAM, you should never run out of RAM. I think you have another problem. What is your wife running on that system.

Post a picture of Resource Monitor > Memory tab so that we can have a look.
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11 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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11 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Running one module of ram on a dual channel motherboard could also be a slow down problem.
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12 Jan 2014   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The 8gb is eaten up by open multiple browsers & tabs plus Photoshop is needed regularly so it & others remain open.
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12 Jan 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am still waiting for this Resource Monitor picture.
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