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So today I ordered an i7 2600K for $100 and I have someone buying the i7 960 that I was originally planning on building my rig with. Now that I'm going to get an Asus P8Z68V-Pro motherboard to go with my shiny new Sandy Bridge CPU I've run into the snag that it uses dual channel instead of triple channel since I already have a triple channel ram kit. Now I plan on for sure using two sticks from the kit with the Z68 board, but I'd really like to purchase one more stick to go with the other three. Problem is that Corsair doesn't sell a single 2GB stick for the kit I have but they sell a 4GB one. So, if I toss the 4GB equivalent into my system with the three 2GB sticks will I suffer a performance loss or will everything be peachy?

Here is the triple channel kit I have: http://bit.ly/kcwUTG

Here is the single 4GB stick that I've found to go with it: http://bit.ly/l1ZpHP

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 8
It'll screw it up completely, you'll need to use the same sizes.

What i'd do is get another triple channel kit, use one strip and sell the other two off as a 4gb kit.

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post #3 of 8
Just run the 3x2GB in Flex Mode.... 2 DIMM in dual channel and 1 in single channel.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Just run the 3x2GB in Flex Mode.... 2 DIMM in dual channel and 1 in single channel.
Seems like a bit of a waste though. At least if he gets another triple channel kit he can get the most out of it. Also selling the other two off would help offset the cost.

However, I doubt you'd see any problems doing the above tbh.

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See this is why I signed up on these forums, everyone is so helpful and friendly! Thanks guys, I'll probably go the route of buying another kit and then selling the remaining two sticks.
post #6 of 8
OCN is awesome, remember that , you can't sell on here yet but you should be able to sell it on craigslist or something quite easily.

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post #7 of 8
you dont hafta buy another triple channel if your thinkin it will be easier to sell well best of luck

i would go the other way around and find sumone selling a single stick theres probly more then a few people out there in the same boat. as of two months ago i did exactly as you did. bought a x58 and triple channel ram and a i7 960 thank god i went online the day b4 my 15 day return policy was up and realized i messed up changing my plans to get a 960 instead of a 2600k cause there werent any appealing mobos in stock...

im still waitin for a better motherboard with the z68 chipset
what model ram you lookin for i can let you know if i find anything

you might be able to find one at small ma and pa pc shops might pay a lil more but less work

well best of luck
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Originally Posted by Lesliepchobbiest View Post
i would go the other way around and find sumone selling a single stick theres probly more then a few people out there in the same boat. as of two months ago i did exactly as you did. bought a x58 and triple channel ram and a i7 960 thank god i went online the day b4 my 15 day return policy was up and realized i messed up changing my plans to get a 960 instead of a 2600k cause there werent any appealing mobos in stock...

im still waitin for a better motherboard with the z68 chipset
what model ram you lookin for i can let you know if i find anything

you might be able to find one at small ma and pa pc shops might pay a lil more but less work
The link to the ram I have is in my original post. Somehow it didn't cross my mind to see if someone was selling a single stick
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