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Will these RAM sticks fit my motherboard?


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#1 stebbinsd

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 05:43 PM

I have a Gigabyte 787-D3H motherboard.  You can see the spec sheet here:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128591

 

I have two free ram slots and I'd like to give the thing a memory upgrade.

 

I've got my eyes set on these babies:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/8GB-2x4GB-DDR2-800Mhz-PC2-6400-240-Pin-1-8V-Desktop-Memory-RAM-AMD-DIMM-Set-/291743869166?hash=item43ed4a28ee:g:0QUAAOSwlfxXGDPH

 

Would they be able to fit in my motherboard's ram slots?


My current build:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 750ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate


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Posted 02 May 2016 - 07:55 PM

Nope. Those are DDR2. Your motherboard takes DDR3.
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 08:38 PM

Ok, what are ALL the criteria I need to check for when buying RAM?


My current build:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 750ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 09:44 AM

Type (DDR3 is the most common, but there are still a few DDR2 and even DDR1 modules hanging around as you discovered, and DDR4 has recently hit the consumer market): DDR3.
Size: Motherboards can only handle so much RAM. Make sure the kit you purchase doesn't put you over that limit.
Number of modules: Same as above. Only so many slots on the motherboard to take modules.
Speed: Most DDR3 motherboards take anywhere between DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1866, but the minimum and maximum speeds vary somewhat. Check your manual.
Reliability: Make sure you are getting modules that have good reviews. Faulty RAM can cause a lot of difficult to diagnose problems.

Or, if you want to cut through all the red tape and get this done quick, http://crucial.com has a nice 'System Scanner' tool that will determine what memory your motherboard can take. Of course, it will only show the modules they make, but those are very reliable modules and you can extrapolate from the options it gives you.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:51 AM

I'm going to request that you download and create a link using the Speccy Snapshot.  This will show us exactly what you have installed.  

 

Your motherboard is capable of running in dual channel.  In order to do this you must run matched modules of RAM.  With the information from the Speccy I should be able to locate the same modules you currently have installed which would double what you have installed.

 

 
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
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Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 
speccy7_zpsfa02105f.png
 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 
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In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Edited by dc3, 03 May 2016 - 10:52 AM.

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