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I figure the answer to this question will either be a simple "yes" or an incredibly complex "Well, maybe, kinda-sorta if you get this specific kit"

I do a lot of CAD work for school, and I will soon be doing a lot more with larger designs. My setup used to be 'okay' with SolidWorks 2010 and AutoCAD 2010, but my school just upgraded to SW2011 and AutoCAD 2012 and now I can't even extrude an object from a simple rectangular plane with my RAM filling up, CPU maxing out and my computer really needing to think about it for a good 5 minutes.

I currently use a Q6600, 4Gb (2x2) of DDR3 ram from corsair and a 790i ULTRA MoBo to tie it all together. Upgrading to Ivy Bridge is in the plans, but money is tight right now. I can only realistically afford to upgrade my RAM - at least that will help prevent the RAM from being filled up and may speed things up from 5 minutes, to 4.
The only thing keeping me from just going ahead and purchasing the RAM is I know that RAM standards changed somewhat between the Core 2 (LG775) and Core iX (LGA 1366, 1156, 1155, whatever the other sockets are) because the memory controller was moved onto the CPU. I want whatever RAM I purchase to be compatible with with both an 3770k (or what-have-you) and a Q6600.

Can I use any modern DDR3 RAM kit, or do I have to be very careful with my selection (and if so, suggestions)?
 
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DDR3 RAM is DDR3 RAM, so feel free to pick any. smile.gif
Just be sure not to buy too many, if I remember correctly a Q6600 could hold max 8GB.
 
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Originally Posted by UltraVolta425 View Post

DDR3 RAM is DDR3 RAM, so feel free to pick any. smile.gif
Just be sure not to buy too many, if I remember correctly a Q6600 could hold max 8GB.

I was just unsure because the new RAM is all around 1.5v-1.6v, and "old" DDR3 RAM runs at 3+v

The 8Gb is something that I had forgotten about... I was going to get a 2x8 kit (want 16Gb of RAM, at least, 32Gb is a consideration, when I finish upgrading everything)...
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro Western Digital WD75 01AALS-00J7B Seagate ST350032 0AS Western Digital WD15 EADS-00P8B0 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Corsair H80i Windows 10 Pro Ubuntu 14.04 Asus VE47H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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Mouse PadAudio
Corsair MM200 Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-2600 ASUS Sabertooth P67 Zotac GT 430 Mushkin Enhanced Redline 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Force GT III Seagate Baracuda Light Scribe LH-20A1L Corsair H100 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cougar CF-V12HP Cougar CF-H12H Windows Professional 64-bit Acer AL2016W 
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