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Windows 7: RAM Upgrade

20 Oct 2010   #1
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
RAM Upgrade

Hi, and sorry for maybe stupid question...

So I have 2GB of ram -> 2x 1 GB, and 4 slots on motherboard.
Now I want to buy + 2x 1GB so that i have 4GB RAM.

So the question is : Does it have to be the exactly same RAM as the already available (4 example KINGSTON ...) or it doesn't mater.


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20 Oct 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dino13 View Post
Hi, and sorry for maybe stupid question...

So I have 2GB of ram -> 2x 1 GB, and 4 slots on motherboard.
Now I want to buy + 2x 1GB so that i have 4GB RAM.

So the question is : Does it have to be the exactly same RAM as the already available (4 example KINGSTON ...) or it doesn't mater.
It should be. Any unmatched ram can cause BSOD's and freezing.
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20 Oct 2010   #3
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I am running unmatched ram in 4 of my 7 machines.... I have not had any issues... Maybe I have just been lucky.
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20 Oct 2010   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

note that as you are running 32bit windows, you will not be able to use all of your 4 gigs - depending on other factors, you'll get to use maybe somewhere between 3 and 3.5.

you'll need to upgrade to 64bit windows to 'see' all your ram.

again, it doesn't have to be exactly the same, just make sure you get the right spec (speed etc).
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20 Oct 2010   #5
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

OK, thx you all 4 help,

@mickey megabyte

One of the main reasons I wanna 4 gigs RAM IS that I wanna upgrade to 64-bit windows
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20 Oct 2010   #6
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

i just upgraded my ram to 8 GIG 2GB x 4 sticks Corsair 800MHz C5 DDR2 XMS2 i kept to the same after good advice are you using ddr2 on the board or ddr3?
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20 Oct 2010   #7
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

FYI
Make sure the new RAM is a matching set. Some brands mark it as a Kit.

It will show something like 2MB, 2x1MB. Then you can pair the present 2 as is and add the new as a pair.
Usually have 2 blue and 2 white, 2 blue and 2 black slots or similar coloring on the mobo.

If you happen to need to identify your RAM here is a free software for that purpose.
Right side of page and get the 32bit until you upgrade the OS.
http://www.passmark.com/products/rammon.htm

Good luck Dino.

Mike
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20 Oct 2010   #8
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Good choice.

As I understand it with mem mod's the 2 that are in the same slot's (Coloured) being that its DDR2 and Dual Layered and Dual channel are there he same speed and the manufactures are not need too be the same but is an Idea as this will work better together. I have used before 2 different manufactures and not had a problem. Same goes for DDR3 Triple Channel.
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20 Oct 2010   #9
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

MrDemon

Agreed.
A different brand is okay. Best to use same speed. Same DDR or SDRAM which ever the type already used and approved by motherboard manufacturer.

Mike
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20 Oct 2010   #10
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

How much video RAM on your graphics card/onboard graphics? You will only have approximately 4GB minus video ram size of that memory usable. Just so you know.

- Gene
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