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Im a noob with PCs but I just ordered my new mobo and I have two extra slots for ram. I have 2x2gb sticks and I know its goes 1 in 1st slot and 2nd in 3rd slot but what would happen if I get 2 more ram sticks but of diffrent kind? And will I be able to OC these to 1600?

This is what I have: http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0353218

What if I get this? Will it work on my system and will I have 8gb of ram? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820178238
Edited by Zeek - 8/2/11 at 9:58am
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Those should work fine @1333 together. Don't think 1600 will be easy.
     
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Will you be able to OC them? Depends on the RAM itself. Some RAM will OC like a beast, and other's will cause errors 1MHz over their rating (this is not so common with current RAM but can happen).

As for mixing and matching RAM, yes you can do that, however it is ideal to always have matching RAM.

As for getting more MHz out of your RAM, while yes it is helpful, tightening up the timings will net you as much, sometimes more performance than the MHz increase.
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Im not really interested in OC'ing them but you never know. I just want to know if they would work together fine. Since the nearest microcenter is an 1.5hr drive.
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Yep, they should work just fine together.
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They *might* work together but you will need to run at 1.65V. As the kits have different ICs, you may be accepting a risk by running different RAM kits.

With 1333 CL9 generic kits it can be tough to OC to 1600Mhz due to low binning.... however, the 1.65V requirement (more than 1.5V for generic RAM = expect no OC-ability at all) and the fact that you're running two different sets with different ICs may prevent that.

Also, if you spend a cent more than the cheapest choice on a 1333 CL9 kit, I will redirect you to a DDR3-1600 kit. If you're purchasing generic, it should always be as cheap as possible, for 3 reasons: 1. quality is the same, 2. warranty (usually lifetime limited) is the same, and 3. you're not expecting to overclock anyway so why waste your cash on something that isn't rated better and/or binned higher.
Basically.... don't get that PNY kit. Get this Team kit. Save $4.

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On the other hand, you may be significantly better off just simply taking on a new 2x4GB DDR3 kit! Get this deal while it's still available - $50 for 2x4GB of DDR3-1600
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