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I am thinking about upgrading my ram from the current configuation (2x512) to a 3 gigabyte configuration. The ram I have now is DDR533 (PC4300) that runs at 4-4-4-11. On newegg there is a 2gb kit (2x1024) with 3-3-3-8 timings and I was wondering if it would have negative effects (like disable dual channel) or something. Would having a 2x512, 2x1024 configuration mess anything up?
    
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The ram would just go to the lowest timings it can.
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When I added a GB to my rig, it wouldn't POST. I had to RMA it to get identical sticks.
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You should still be able to run dual channel as long as the DIMMs in each pair are matched even if the pairs don't match each other. The timings for all of the DIMMs will match the loosest timings. If you go with the new kit, it may be worthwhile to benchmark your system with the 2x1 GB with tight timings versus all four sticks with looser timings.
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Well, heres the deal. Its an intel board with no OC ability, except for that Rightmark Memory program. So, thats why I am not worrying so much about getting ram with really tight timings. I might do some diagnostics to see how low the ram I have right now will go.
    
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Why not just get 2x2gb modules then? Why would you need 3 gigs anyways if you dont mind me asking?
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Why waste a gig of ram?

EDIT: wait, i didnt understand that. I just want to get one 2gb kit for christmas. its only 179, and that seems pretty good, esp. because I can't OC and so it should work out. This way Ill be able to keep my current 1gb and just add 2gb.
    
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sell it?
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Well, its Samsung memory that is covered by my Dell warranty (hold your jokes, please) so i really dont want to just get rid of it. Why would having 3gb be bad? If someone adds a gig to their computer, people don't say 'why dont you sell your other gig', so why would this be any different?

I just wanted to make sure there wouldnt be any adverse performance effects due to the upgrade.
    
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