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Can I mix and match RAM sticks?


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#1 DerBear89

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:52 AM

my parents are having me build a new computer for them but i hate to see parts go to waste. So is it possible to take the RAM out of their old comp and put it in mine? I currently have 2 sticks of 2g DDR3

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:54 AM

Is your parents motherboard compatible with DDR3?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:59 AM

Please post the make and model of both the motherboard that you are using in this build and the RAM modules.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:40 AM

As long as the ram types match up with the RAM slot types in the new motherboard, there should be no issue.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:06 PM

7200/16mb/sata
intel h55hc atx lga1156 motherboard
intel core i3 540
ultra ls500 500w atx power supply
Sapphire Radeon hd 5770 1gb pcie ddr5 dvi/hdmi
24x sata w/lightscribe5
ocz 4gb ddr3 pc3 2x2gb ram


here are my specs and motherboard. Not sure on the other comps specs or RAM

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 12:59 PM

You gave us the information to find you motherboard. It supports 1066MHz DDR3 and 1333MHz DDR3.

Unfortunately, you didn't provide us with the make and model of the RAM as we requested. Without this we can't answer your question.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:39 PM

your computer has ddr3 ram, and i would not put older style ram like ddr1 or ddr2 in with your ddr3 ,not positive if it will even fit
[haven't see a ddr3 stick of ram yet] .
I cant imagine you parents are building a new computer ,if there old one was new enough to be using DDR3

Edited by caperjac, 28 October 2010 - 04:43 PM.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:37 PM

DDR2 or 1 will not in a ddr3 slot they are not interchangeable, if both types of memory are DDR3 then chances are they will work (though mixing speeds will end up with the computer defaulting to the speed of the slowest ram) but if the other type is not ddr3 then it will not work. They will not even fit in the slot.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:22 AM

DDR2 or 1 will not in a ddr3 slot they are not interchangeable, if both types of memory are DDR3 then chances are they will work (though mixing speeds will end up with the computer defaulting to the speed of the slowest ram) but if the other type is not ddr3 then it will not work. They will not even fit in the slot.

that what i figured based on my knowlege of ddr1 and ddr2 .

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:44 AM

I have sucessfully mixed different ram sticks and sizes, (512mb or 256mb) different brands also, they were always the same type though, ddr1 or 2, and they did default to the lowest speed of the ram sticks as the_patriot09 said. So yes its possible, making sure the type of ram is the same though.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 09:51 AM

Please notice. RAM modules are "keyed" so that they can't fit into slots unless they are the correct modules for the motherboard.

Edited by dc3, 29 October 2010 - 09:52 AM.

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