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#1 bruinator

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

I have a micron 2gb ddr2 pc2-6400 stick of RAM in my desktop PC. There is another unused slot for more RAM. I would like to put in another 2GB of RAM in my PC. Do I just have to make sure the stick is just 2Gb pc2-6400 ddr2. As long as it has those specs, does it matter if it is Crucial,PNY,Corsair or Gskill? Plz let me know.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

it shouldnt, for best performance its often best to make sure not only the speed is the same, but the timings and the voltage are the same as well though. You can usually (not all the time) throw in another similar stick and get it to work fine, but you should make sure all the specs match perfectly for best performance-which is why most people recomend you use two sticks of the exact same brand and model, saves you having to go through and make sure everything lines up fine.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

OK, thx patriot as I will get the same exact module.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:32 PM

Hi,

Before spending money I would suggest checking to be sure what the maximum memory is that your system supports.

Also to be honest I would install the memory you have and see if it works with no problems. If it does have problems then I'd Buy new memory making sure to get the same brand and model of memory. If no problems than I'd just leave it.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:59 PM

Guys, Here is what memory still says micron 2gb ddr2-800 pc2-6400 cl-6 non-ecc unbuffered. Would either of these 2 modules be a match for what I already have?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161482

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178220

Plz let me know.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:37 PM

neither lists the full specs but I dont imagine them being off totally, but rotor brings up a good point you should check with your computer manufacturer to see how much your motherboard will support, and also what type of windows you have. If you have a 32 bit version of windows (should be found by right clicking my computer and properties) then chances are it will only recognize between 3-3.5 gigabites max, probably around 3.25. In order to better answer your question it may be beneficial to know the exact brand and model of your computer.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:57 PM

neither lists the full specs but I dont imagine them being off totally, but rotor brings up a good point you should check with your computer manufacturer to see how much your motherboard will support, and also what type of windows you have. If you have a 32 bit version of windows (should be found by right clicking my computer and properties) then chances are it will only recognize between 3-3.5 gigabites max, probably around 3.25. In order to better answer your question it may be beneficial to know the exact brand and model of your computer.


It is HP CQ5600Y 64 bit OS. My mobo hold 4gb of RAM tops. It's win 7 ult. What other specs do u need Patriot11?

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

Looks like it should work just fine. You have a 64 bit OS which will support all 4 gigs, and while I dont see the full specs of either ram chip, I dont see a problem. If you can find the exact same ram chip, that would be preferable, but I don't forsee any problem using that PNY stick at all, and if it does you can always return it for another one so theres little risk.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:35 PM

On wintec link speed iss 800MHz latency is cl6. On the PNY 800 MHz ( PC2-6400 ). So is the wintec the better option?

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:48 PM

HP doesnt list the timings and voltage on their stock ram so its hard to say. Personally, if I were a betting man Id go with the PNY over the wintec, PNY is a reputable company, Ive never even heard of wintec before.

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