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The ones I have now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236

Ones I wan to add to it since mine are DISCONTINUED: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295

PS: I disabled Virtual Memory on my SSD as per the recommendation of OCN users with SSDs. They say it prolongs life of SSD. Is this the reason why I keep getting low memory warnings. I do have a lot of Browers tabs open due to the fact I am in school and use a lot of tabs for research and such.

Would enabling virtual Ram solve my problem
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If by virtual RAM you mean the paging file, yes, I would enable it. Paging WILL shorten the life of your SSD, but it's life is already dozens of GB of transfers per day for years (for a modern SSD). The way I figure it, by the time my SSD is dying/very slow I'll have replaced it with a faster one and it'll be obsolete. If it gives me 2 years of 'fast' life, and then another 5 of 'slowing down' I'll be pretty happy. Many applications are optimized to work with paging (VR), many won't even work without it IIRC. For example, now I have 2+GB free, but I'm still paging 4+GB ohno-smiley.gif .

As for the RAM, you plan to add it in dual channel? What I did, was just wait for a good deal on a 2x2GB kit, since these are usually the cheapest kits on the market, and I got three of them. It cost me the same as it would have had I gotten a matching 3*2GB kit. I did do a mix & match in another system (an ASRock x58 Extreme -non 3), and all I had to do was go with the lowest common denominator (i.e. set the RAM to the timings, etc of the slower of the two kits). I would stick with the same brand, and if possible, a similar kit, as this makes the chance that the actual IC are the same/closer, which is what matters for the most part.
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If by virtual RAM you mean the paging file, yes, I would enable it. Paging WILL shorten the life of your SSD, but it's life is already dozens of GB of transfers per day for years (for a modern SSD). The way I figure it, by the time my SSD is dying/very slow I'll have replaced it with a faster one and it'll be obsolete. If it gives me 2 years of 'fast' life, and then another 5 of 'slowing down' I'll be pretty happy. Many applications are optimized to work with paging (VR), many won't even work without it IIRC. For example, now I have 2+GB free, but I'm still paging 4+GB ohno-smiley.gif .

As for the RAM, you plan to add it in dual channel? What I did, was just wait for a good deal on a 2x2GB kit, since these are usually the cheapest kits on the market, and I got three of them. It cost me the same as it would have had I gotten a matching 3*2GB kit. I did do a mix & match in another system (an ASRock x58 Extreme -non 3), and all I had to do was go with the lowest common denominator (i.e. set the RAM to the timings, etc of the slower of the two kits). I would stick with the same brand, and if possible, a similar kit, as this makes the chance that the actual IC are the same/closer, which is what matters for the most part.

Thanks. Those seem to have similar timings and voltage and speed. And yeah I meant Virtual Memory. I found out you can actually move it to another Drive so problem solved.

Um well my X-58 is triple channel and I figured any future build of mine would probably be Quad channel. But i would stil go with dual channel kit.

Do they have to be the same size or can I mix 2Gb models with another 4 GB or 8GB model?
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Thanks. Those seem to have similar timings and voltage and speed. And yeah I meant Virtual Memory. I found out you can actually move it to another Drive so problem solved.

Um well my X-58 is triple channel and I figured any future build of mine would probably be Quad channel. But i would stil go with dual channel kit.

Do they have to be the same size or can I mix 2Gb models with another 4 GB or 8GB model?

I would actually keep it on the SSD, as it will make the whole system more responsive.

I don't get exactly what you're saying here...

No they don't! In fact, in that ASRock I was talking about I had 3x2GB and 3x4GB (for a total of a crazy 18GB!) Do notice that the further you deviate from the 'recommendation' the less likely that it won't work.
Think about what you'll do if you buy that kit and it doesn't work (as there's a pretty good chance that this will be the case). If I were you, I'd get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233234 + http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145343

You'd be spending say $30 more than your current plan, and I'm sure you could get AT LEAST that out of your current kit. And you get identical sticks that you know will work smile.gif

Or if you feel like getting the best RAM out there...: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

You could also wait for a sale on a 2/4x2GB kit, one is bound come around for 20/50...
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Wait so you are saying that Dominator kit with the same CAS timing and voltage and rated speed won't work but the other ones with different voltages and timing will work instead? headscratch.gif

And i was set on the triple channel in case I ditch this current build and get something else. Who knows when but the next platform would probably be quad channel
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I'm saying, that if you buy 6 identical modules (and replace your current kit) they will work with almost 100% certinty, if I had to ballpark mixing a new kit with your current one I'd say more like 75%.

In that case you want dual channel: two dual channel kits = one quad kit. if you have triple channel kits you'd have to buy the lone dimm (harder to get IMO). If you already have a dual channel kit, you can get the exact same one and make it quad channel. And IDK how it will work when quad channel comes around, but I'd be quite certain you will be able to run dual channel in a quad channel capable board, but I can't say the same about triple channel (as these quad channel boards would have 4 or 8 slots, never 6, which is the only number that makes sense for a triple channel board). If you ask me, we won't be going quad channel any time soon: the gains are minimal and with intel pushing for smaller sizes (why would you want a quad channel chipset if your MB -say mITX- only has 2 slots...)

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