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Upgrading RAM. Do I need to get rid of my old RAM?


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#1 snapjaw

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 08:07 PM

I had two 4 GB RAM sticks and one burnt out while I was playing a game. I had to take one stick out so my pc would work. Now I bought two 4 GB RAM sticks and wonder if I can put them in with the old for a total of 12 GB RAM. I have enough slots but do I have to get rid of the original 4 GB? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:28 PM

For best results, match memory speeds, latencies and sizes together.

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#3 snapjaw

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:57 PM

My old ram is a 4 GB stick, latency class 9, speed: PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) so i guess 1333 MHz.

The new ram is two 4 GB sticks, latency 10, speed 1866 MHz.

 

Is that too far off to use all 3 sticks together?



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 10:08 PM

Oh and the old one is Rendition, while the new RAM is PNY.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:04 AM

CPU and motherboard? 3 sticks is always worse option than 2 or 4. That 3 stick combination should work, but better option may be just scrap that old 4GB stick and go with new 2*4GB kit. Unless you really need over 8GB RAM, difference is small.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 02:37 PM

My cpu is
Intel Core i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30 GHz

The motherboard is MSI Sandy Bridge but i forget the exact name.

I put the two new ones in without the old stick and it was fast as hell! Its definitely better than the original RAM i had. I guess I'll just keep the old one as a backup.

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:06 AM

My cpu is
Intel Core i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30 GHz

The motherboard is MSI Sandy Bridge but i forget the exact name.

I put the two new ones in without the old stick and it was fast as hell! Its definitely better than the original RAM i had. I guess I'll just keep the old one as a backup.

 

Faster ram should not make huge difference. Still, if you are happy with that setup and 8 GB is enough, then keeping that extra stick as backup is good choice.



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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:25 AM

Yeah mabey Im just so used to 4GB ram that im overestimating the speed difference from when it was the original 8 GB. Anyways thanks for all the advice!

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 07:32 PM

Glad to hear everything went smoothly! Happy computing!

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