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Ok so stupid question I know but i want to make sure before I do this:

I currently have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

i want to add:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

same things but different sizes. It won't matter right?

I found the answer to the second question. it's 4 gigs. looks like i'm formatting tonight lol.

Answer:
Yes they will work together with no BIOS tweeks needed. For channeling info go to post 12.

However sometimes two kits just don't work together so it's not a guarantee.
Edited by I_Try_Pregame - 5/3/12 at 11:03pm
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Ok so stupid question I know but i want to make sure before I do this:
I currently have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
i want to add:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
same things but different sizes. It won't matter right?
I found the answer to the second question. it's 4 gigs. looks like i'm formatting tonight lol.

I would reinstall the OS. You can back up all the important things. some time's you can get away with just dropping in different RAM but some times windows throws a fit.
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My question is will I have any problems running those 4 sticks together? They are literally the same except they're 4 gig sticks.
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Same voltage, same timings, yes they will work indeed.
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I would reinstall the OS. You can back up all the important things. some time's you can get away with just dropping in different RAM but some times windows throws a fit.

Wut? Adding memory or taking out memory never, ever makes Windows throw a fit. The only reason to reformat would be is if he was on 32 bit which only supports around 3.5gb of RAM, then he could upgrade to 64 bit to utilize all the installed RAM. Even if you put in 8gb in a 32bit machine, it would not cause instability but simply only recognize part of it.

To answer the question, since the timings, voltage, and frequency are the same it's going to work fine. No need to reinstall or do anything special except possibly increase VCCIO voltage in the bios, but I doubt that's even necessary.
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My question is will I have any problems running those 4 sticks together? They are literally the same except they're 4 gig sticks.

I wouldn't even mess with mix and matching RAM like that unless they are the EXACT same thing, down to the size. It might(and i use this term very loosely) work and you never experience any issue's, but in my experience its going to have problems. if you want 8 gigs of RAM buy an 8 gig kit, not two 4 gig kits. if you want 16 gigs, get a 16 gig kit. More than once I have seen someone do what your about to do and it works fine for a while, then all the sudden the RAM refuse's to work together.

Might I ask what you plan to use soo much RAM for? 8 gigs is more than enough for most everything. Very few people can actually use all 8 gigs in the first place unless its a "workstation" home PC. My advice would be to swap out your 4 gig kit with the 8 gig kit and leave it be:)
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you are good bro, no problem.
and i don't know why someone suggesting to reinstall windows thinking.gif
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Wut? Adding memory or taking out memory never, ever makes Windows throw a fit. The only reason to reformat would be is if he was on 32 bit which only supports around 3.5gb of RAM, then he could upgrade to 64 bit to utilize all the installed RAM. Even if you put in 8gb in a 32bit machine, it would not cause instability but simply only recognize part of it.
To answer the question, since the timings, voltage, and frequency are the same it's going to work fine. No need to reinstall or do anything special except possibly increase VCCIO voltage in the bios, but I doubt that's even necessary.

The only reason I suggest that is due to the miss matched size. I have had lots of problems getting miss matched DDR3 RAM kits to play well together. Just last week I had to sort out this same issue with my kid brother's rig:(
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I wouldn't even mess with mix and matching RAM like that unless they are the EXACT same thing, down to the size. It might(and i use this term very loosely) work and you never experience any issue's, but in my experience its going to have problems. if you want 8 gigs of RAM buy an 8 gig kit, not two 4 gig kits. if you want 16 gigs, get a 16 gig kit. More than once I have seen someone do what your about to do and it works fine for a while, then all the sudden the RAM refuse's to work together.
Might I ask what you plan to use soo much RAM for? 8 gigs is more than enough for most everything. Very few people can actually use all 8 gigs in the first place unless its a "workstation" home PC. My advice would be to swap out your 4 gig kit with the 8 gig kit and leave it be:)

Well tera is a huge memory hog. On 4 gigs right now I keep getting insufficient memory crashes. I also plan on streaming so with streaming+tera+normal applications should be over 8 gigs.

If you didn't look at the two links they are the same exact kits except one has 2 gig sticks and one has 4 gig sticks. They have the same timings and voltages.
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as mention the pedigree specs match, ie voltages, timings etc so yes they will work fine...
no biggy but with this mix im not sure how the channeling will work and timings is not absolutely a necessity but you can get a nice overview here
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-011965.htm
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