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...unless I up the voltage pass 2.0. I have 4GB (2x2GB) of RAM that still works fine, then I have 2GB (2x1GB) of the same brand, but different version of corsair RAM (they have heatsinks on them). the 1GB ones, when installed, will not let my system POST. If I remove them it boots. This happened a few months ago, and I had to set my dram voltage to 1.96. I restarted my PC 2 days ago and it wouldn't boot unless I removed the two 1GB sticks. Now, I have to set my voltage to 2.06...I take it these sticks are bad?
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post #2 of 4
Mixing RAM can cause instability. I'd just stick with the 4GB you have now or check on some 8GB kits, should be some nice prices with the holidays coming up.
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post #3 of 4
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Ah ok. I haven't even noticed a difference between 4 and 6. Is 8 a significant gain if all I do is play games?
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Intel i5 4690k Asrock z97 Pro4 MSI GTX 970 G. Skill TridentX DDR3 2400Mhz 
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WD Caviar Black 1TB WD 640GB Hitachi 1TB Intel 128GB SSD 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD Caviar Black 1TB WD 640GB Hitachi 1TB Intel 128GB SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
DVD-RW drive Corsair h50 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 23.6 inch Asus 
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post #4 of 4
If all you do is game, 4GB should be plenty.
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samsung 830 XSPC RX360 XSPC Raystorm EK 7970 
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