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RAM upgrade.

Hey fellow members.
I am new to the forums and I know absolutely nothing about computers. But a friend told me mixing ram is dangerous so I do not know what to do now. To play a game I got. I need the minimum of 10 Ram I already tried playing it its not going perefctly. I currently have 6gigs of ram. I orderd another one to replace one of the 3 sticks seeing i only have 2 ram slots on my pc. But then a friend told me mixing ram is dangerous and I should just order a whole kit. I just canceld the order of corsair vengance ram what do you guys suggest just buying a kit of 16 gigs or do you think i can mix this

http://i.imgur.com/dt5MEbC.png

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Ram
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Hey thanks a lot for al of the reply's my motherboard is an ASROCK H61M-DGS R2.0, Which only has 2 memory slots. So mixing is a no go? Idk if you checked my pc screenshot. So I should just buy a 2x kit?

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Ram

Get a kit.
Go to the link I supplied and buy a 2x4GB or 2X8GB kit.

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Nod to kits.

The problems that can crop up when mixing makes getting a kit or more of the same RAM the answer most of the time. Yes sometimes a mix works but no tech should tell you it's OK.

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For a little extra $$ just get the 16gb!

I agree with getting a matched set - for maximum performance. While you *can* mix memory - it's not the best way for performance. If you were just doing office work - fine, but games.... Nothing will work your system like today's games and you don't want your system dropping out or blue screening.

Your motherboard will handle a max of 16gb. That amount of memory doesn't cost much more than 8gb. I'd just fill it up. While it is true that in the past, most games never came close to needing 8gb of memory - some are now starting to use very close to that or more. Where you will see the difference is in frame rate speed of your game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDkKDqThyBo More memory will give you a few extra frames each second and that can create a more enjoyable gaming experience.
GL and HF

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RAM issue??

Hey guys thanks for all of the reply's I have come across something which has worried me a little.
Well the upgrading just got done I clicked both new rams in started and went to speccy straight away now I have a stupid question if this is normal at the picture it still says the same speed as my old ram if you guys see this I bought corsair ram that should be 1600 but it says (16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz<<&ltWink that has worried me a little and do i need to return it or what?

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DDR can be confusing as to "speeds".

Look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM

So even at 100MHz clock rate the memory might be labeled 6400.

And to make matters more fun sometimes you count both edges of the clock so 533 reports in as 1066!

The final speed is all about the motherboard, CPU, BIOS and which of the 20 standards we use to measure.

Nod to CPUID and it's memory tab next time.

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Hey thanks for the reply.
I was just confused to see the 533 mhz there seeing it used to be that when I had 6 gigs. So automaticly I thought I failed seeing I just spent 150 on 16gb kit for 1600 mhz i thought I did something wrong But I get it 533.33> 1066.67 Just one more question. Shouldn't mine be 800 mhz then seeing I got 1600 Sorry for the dumb questions still trying to find my way. So you say its good now and leave it as is?

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I'd have to know more about the board, CPU and BIOS.

I appreciate you get how confusing it can be. But 533 MHz is one of the base rates so that's spot on. This is usually set by the chipset, CPU and BIOS (sorry how we can't call it out just on one thing) so I'd have to know more to dive into this.

The RAM numbers are the max speeds the RAM is specified to run at and is more of a maximum rather than what it will run on on your system.

Think of it like tires on a car. Fitting 200 MPH tires doesn't get your car to 200.

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PS. Ahh, the motherboard detail is in a graphic.
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Hey thanks for the reply.
I did not mix ram I decided to buy Corsair Vengance LP 2X8GB ddr3 ram sticks and they arrived in the morning I have put them in already. And I have never updated BIOS if that is what you mean.

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The bus speed is set by the BIOS

Which reads the sticks and if it can't ID them, most BIOS will set them to the slowest speed. An updated BIOS is what I'd do first then re-test. If that fails then check BIOS screens to see if you can try setting the speed manually.

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Bios

You have the latest bios from the maker.

Look in your bios for the ram section.
See what it shows.
I suspect you will need to manually bump the speed from 533>800.
Perhaps it's in that xmp stuff.

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BIOS. NO UPDATE ISSUED. Checking manual about settings.
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Bios and ram

Hey I downloaded the program CPUZD and checked its saying the same. Screenshot will be posted below. I downloaded the asrock program aswell but what do you mean bij PAGE 31.
http://i.imgur.com/CkPndZ8.png

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I was unclear.

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