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Adding A 1gig Ram Card


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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 06:33 PM

My computer currently has 512 ram and I was thinking of getting a gig card for christmas. The problem is my computer only has 2 slots and both have a 256 in them. So i was wondering would it be ok to have one 256 and a 1 gig in? The main thing I was wondering about is, how its better to have two cards in it to split it up or whatever is it ok that there of different values? Thanks for at least viewing!
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:33 PM

Hi Sterling14,

That depends :thumbsup: . Some computer do allow for mix matching memory while others do not. You can visit Kingston.com and select the type pf computer you have on the pull down. Or - tell us the make and model of your pc.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:47 PM

Sweet that website is really good thanks. Now I have a new question lol, whats the difference between ddr333 and ddr400?Isn't it the megahertz value and what is better?
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:57 PM

Here is another link to a site that a lot of the members here use.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listmfgr.asp?cat=RAM

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:09 PM

Sweet that website is really good thanks. Now I have a new question lol, whats the difference between ddr333 and ddr400?Isn't it the megahertz value and what is better?
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DDR 400 is a little faster, but you want to get the same type as ram that's already in your computer.

Lets say your motherboard can use both DDR333 and DDR400 and that you currently have DDR333 ( just an example ) If you put DDR400 in, your motherboard will underclock it to DDR333 speed.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:10 PM

PC3200 memory is 400 mhz bus speed memory.
PC2700 memory is 333 mhz bus speed memory.

From my memory of usage :thumbsup: you cannot mix those two. The have a different configuration as far as where the guide slot (little slot on memory that keeps you from plugging it in backwards or in wrong computer) is on the memory chip.

Use the one that best matches your computer.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:24 AM

PC3200 memory is 400 mhz bus speed memory.
PC2700 memory is 333 mhz bus speed memory.

From my memory of usage :thumbsup: you cannot mix those two. The have a different configuration as far as where the guide slot (little slot on memory that keeps you from plugging it in backwards or in wrong computer) is on the memory chip.

Use the one that best matches your computer.


Yes you can mix them, if your motherboard supports both as many do. Just the higher clocked memory will clock down the the lower clocked memory.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:38 AM

Yes you can mix them, if your motherboard supports both as many do. Just the higher clocked memory will clock down the the lower clocked memory.


Protozero is correct.

Rough day at the office :thumbsup: Sorry about the slip in info.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:30 PM

Thanks guys this was really helpful!
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