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Hi, I just have a noob question here.

I currently have 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 RAM. I want to upgrade to 16GB of RAM, so do I just buy the same 2x4GB RAM as I did last time and plug it in?

Also, for the Vengeance Low Profile RAM, are there differences between the white, blue and black other than cosmetics?
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Buy whichever RAM you want. you can mix n match if its more budget friendly. As for the color thing, its just colors unles the specs are different.
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Forgive me for asking, but, as an admitted noob, what do you need 16gb for?
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Just make sure the new set is the same as the set your currently using! Same stock timings, and voltage!

Also, by adding another 8Gb's your going to be stressing your cpu's IMC, so your QPI voltage may need to be bumped up a bit, and you will have to run all that memory with looser timings, than the 8Gb set is rated.

Can you post a link to the memory you have, and the memory your buying???
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Originally Posted by Inteller View Post
Just make sure the new set is the same as the set your currently using! Same stock timings, and voltage!

Also, by adding another 8Gb's your going to be stressing your cpu's IMC, so your QPI voltage may need to be bumped up a bit, and you will have to run all that memory with looser timings, than the 8Gb set is rated.

Can you post a link to the memory you have, and the memory your buying???
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Is this the ram your running, and want another 8Gb's of???

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233186

If so, and it either wont boot, freeze's, or you get a BSOD
the stock timings are 9-9-9-24 2T

Change the timings to 9-10-9-28 2T
If it's still unstable try 9-11-9-28 2T

You should leave the voltage at 1.5v on the DIMM voltage
Or it may be called DRAM voltage.
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CreepyDan View Post
Forgive me for asking, but, as an admitted noob, what do you need 16gb for?
I'm just a noob in computer hardware. I work with Photoshop and video editing, so I need lots of RAM.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Inteller View Post
Is this the ram your running, and want another 8Gb's of???

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233186

If so, and it either wont boot, freeze's, or you get a BSOD
the stock timings are 9-9-9-24 2T

Change the timings to 9-10-9-28 2T
If it's still unstable try 9-11-9-28 2T

You should leave the voltage at 1.5v on the DIMM voltage
Or it may be called DRAM voltage.
How come I have to run it on looser timings if I add another 8GB?

I see they sell the same ram (4 sticks) with the same timings:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820233198
Edited by peterbz - 7/26/11 at 11:00am
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post #8 of 11
No, you won't be able to find 16Gb's at those timings.
You can always try to! But I'm just letting you know how it will work.

The more memory you have, the looser the timings will be.
Thats just the way it is.
Just go to any web site that sells ram.
Look at 2x1Gb sets of DDR3-1600, and look at the timings
Then look at 2x2Gb sets of DDR3-1600, and you will notice the timings are looser.
Then look at 2x4Gb set of DDR3-1600, and those timings will be even looser.

If you can find a 4x4Gb set that has timings of 8-8-8-21
I'd say buy it!
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat View Post
Buy whichever RAM you want. you can mix n match if its more budget friendly. As for the color thing, its just colors unles the specs are different.
not this. you can run into a world of trouble. play it safe and get the same brand, speed, timings, voltage, etc.
post #10 of 11
Thanks tCoLL +1 rep for you, for knowing what your talking about!

As said many times before, it's never a good idea to mix different ram!

Quote:
I see they sell the same ram (4 sticks) with the same timings:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820233198
I did say, that you can go ahead and try the ram with those timings!
See.
Quote:
You can always try to!
So good luck to ya!
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