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  • Started 2 years ago by hArLtRoN
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hArLtRoN
Posts: 766

I already have 4GB of DDR2 RAM. My motherboard is an ASUS M4A785-M.

Would I be able to buy more RAM of a different vendor and speed? Or should I stay with the same speed?

This is the RAM I have now (I have it x2 for a total of 4GB)

Would I be able to add this RAM?

Thanks!

Posted 2 years ago
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

The best tool for memory matching is from crucial; http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/

Mike

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hArLtRoN
Posts: 766

I did the scan with the Crucial Memory Matcher and it came up with this. I don't want to get 8GB of RAM, just 4GB. And I don't have that much money to spend.

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oldgeezer
Posts: 211

Just do a search on the site for the same item but in a 4Gb kit. You should find it's THIS ONE

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LadyFitzgerald
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Also, for best results, you should always use matched sets of RAM sticks. It's usually not a good idea to mix different brands, sizes, etc.

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whs
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I don't understand. You apparently already have 4GB of RAM - that's why you got the next level which is 8GB.

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vistamike
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4GB to 4GB makes no sense here, thought you were upgrading to 8 GB.

Speed of ram is governed by the motherboard, so stick with what you have at the moment.

8GB ram operationally will make a considerable difference.

Stick a few bucks in the teapot to finance the upgrade later.

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Xhi
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There are four slots on that motherboard. If he has 2 x 2GB sticks he should be able to add 2 x 2GB sticks in the empty slots to get a total of 8GB. The max for the MB is 16GB. As long as both sticks match for each set it should be ok.

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whs
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For normal operation, I see no advantage of 8GB over 4GB. In my 8GB system, most of the RAM is always "free".

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Xhi
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That would certainly depend on what one was running. But, back to the OP's question. My answer would be yes you an add those particular 2 sticks of 2GB memory to that configuration without problem.

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hArLtRoN
Posts: 766

@whs and vistamike,
What I meant was that I didn't want to buy a 8GB of RAM (giving a total of 12GB of RAM), I just want to buy another 4GB so that I have a total of 8GB.

@whs,
Reason I want to upgrade to 8GB is because I'm going to be running a few virtual machines and I need more RAM.

@Xhi,
Would I have to worry about timings?

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Xhi
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No

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hArLtRoN
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Thanks. I think that clears up the questions I have :)

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whs
Posts: 17584

For Virtual Machines, it makes sense to have more RAM. Although I run Virtual Box with Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a 4GB system without any problems. But I run only one virtual machine at a time together with the host Win7.

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hArLtRoN
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I generally have a few programs running ALL the time. So when I'm running the virtual machine, its kinda laggy (running Ubuntu Studio x86)

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