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post #1 of 11
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I am looking to upgrade my athlon II x4 630 to a phenom II 960T.

I currently have this Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4gb kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226103

It makes me sick to look at lol because last year this ram was $80 and now it is $40 with free shipping.

Specs are correct in my sig rig.
1. Is this the cheapest route to go to get to 8GB?
2. Can I mix and match the ram?
3. Or link me to some better deals. ($50-$65 is around the max I want to spend, but lower is always better )
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post #2 of 11
just grab four more gigs of the ram you have, mixing ram is not advisable
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post #3 of 11
You can mix and match ram, but try to get as close to the same timings and voltage as you can. Usually it's just easier to get the same kind.
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post #4 of 11
May be old and pull in more voltage than most current ram at the same clock/timings but you'll never really notice any significant performance differences

If anything I think getting the same kit would be preferable. Not only would you have no concerns regarding comparability but it would also match perfectly and it'd use up all the RAM slots which would be nice if you're OCD-like such as myself.

Only con I can see is added heat and strain on your motherboard from the extra voltage but I really don't imagine that being a real issue.

Faster/tighter RAM in extreme cases would still only give you a few more FPS if you are lucky.

This is all assuming that Zosma doesn't do spectacularly better with ram scaling opposed to Deneb. Llano does but I can't imagine Zosma benefiting it as Llano benefits for completely different reasons.
Edited by Ryleh - 11/1/11 at 8:35pm
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post #5 of 11
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Is it worth it to get a 2X4gb kit? I see I can get that for only about $15-$20 more then the 2X4gb kit. Then I would have 12GB of ram, or would that not be a good thing?
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post #6 of 11
Ehh, if the voltages and speeds are the same, then 2x4GB + 2x2GB should be fine.

You might have to up the NB voltages, though, since the IMC has to deal with more RAM and more slots being taken up.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by GuardianDuo View Post
You might have to up the NB voltages, though, since the IMC has to deal with more RAM and more slots being taken up.

So would running 2X4GB sticks instead of 4X2GB sticks be better?
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post #8 of 11
^ Considering the 960T is based on the Phenom II x6 IMC which can handle 4 DIMMs at 1600Mhz totally fine, don't even worry about it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GuardianDuo View Post
Ehh, if the voltages and speeds are the same, then 2x4GB + 2x2GB should be fine.
you saved me asking a question + rep mate

my 2x2gb (yer i know, fail in sig rig i haven't fixed) cost me £95 18 months ago...i can get double for half the price now
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post #10 of 11
^Lol, I know, RAM has dropped fast.

I was thinking of going 2x4GB + 2x2GB, that's why I read up on it and know the answer.
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