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I am upgrading my home desktop soon and was wondering if i could use the memory from my old build for the new mobo/cpu combo.

new CPU: i5 3570k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
new MOBO: ASrocks Z77 Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330

The memory i used in my old build was these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&Tpk=f3-12800cl9d%204gbrl

My main question is if these will work, i think they will. Just want to be sure. If they are way behind the times and will end up slowing down the setup, what should i be looking for? Memory still confuses me. The computer is used for gaming and thats pretty much it. 4gb worked for my last build but that was 4 years ago, is that to small of an amount of ram?
anyways, hope i gave enough info to answer the questions, Thanks for helping!

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4gb isnt enough for todays standards (most of the time) Get any 8gb kit with 1600/1866MHz RANM with CAS9/8

This will do good for atleast the next year+ Get a popular kit so you can expand into 4x4 using dual channel. If you buy a kit that not many people buy the manufacturers wont be bothered to make them again and youl be stranded in single channel and have to buy 4x4 dimms at one time
     
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Your old memory is absolutely fine. 4GB is not massive by todays standards but it is enough as long as you dont plan on gaming while having 150 IE windows open.


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Get a popular kit so you can expand into 4x4 using dual channel. If you buy a kit that not many people buy the manufacturers wont be bothered to make them again and youl be stranded in single channel and have to buy 4x4 dimms at one time

He has 2 DIMM's so it runs in dual, he would never need to run in quad channel like you describe unless he bough a socket 2011 setup. I think you are confused as to what single/dual/triple/quad channel actually is.
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Should be fine.

I tested a X79 Extreme4-m with that exact RAM and worked fine in Dual Channel (was testing the DIM slots and smaller RAM tests faster).

You should check your RAM usage to see if 4gbs is enough for you. RAM usage really depends on person to person and their computer habits.

Could always wait for a good sale on some RAM.

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I was browsing newegg for the last few hrs and narrowed the memory selection down to these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

I understand that these are the same as the ones i own currently( besides of course manufacturer) the thing i was wondering was, what kind of difference would i notice doubling my ram? I like the low profile of the Corsair, the "cooling fins" on the gskill made installing my cooler on my old build a pain. maybe i could find just one more of the gskill 2gb sticks and make it 6gb total. what about combining different manufactures ram?
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I was browsing newegg for the last few hrs and narrowed the memory selection down to these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

I understand that these are the same as the ones i own currently( besides of course manufacturer) the thing i was wondering was, what kind of difference would i notice doubling my ram? I like the low profile of the Corsair, the "cooling fins" on the gskill made installing my cooler on my old build a pain. maybe i could find just one more of the gskill 2gb sticks and make it 6gb total. what about combining different manufactures ram?

RAM isn't one of those things you'll notice unless you run out of it. Check your resource monitor while doing everyday things and see what your peak RAM usage is. Should give you an idea of how much RAM you need.

Manufacturers don't recommend mixing RAM but you could. If you're not used to overclocking RAM and testing it, I recommend just buying a matching kit. There's no guarantees with non matching sets and sometimes you need to tweak settings.

Also stick with sets of 2 sticks with your setup. If you have 3 sticks you'll probably run in single channel mode which is slower than dual channel mode (need sets of 2/4/6/8 for dual channel mode).

I like Cosair ram. They're a bit more expensive than other companies but I really like their CS.

I would just stick with the 4gbs (if on a super budget) or upgrade to the 8gb kit. To me the premium is worth the time spent stability testing mixed RAM setups. Also most ram manufacturers won't support mixed RAM so if you have any issues, they'll give you hassle.

Only time I try to make a mixed match sets work is if I know individually the kits can hit high frequencies and even than they're usually slower combined than individually.

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