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ok well i got a question about ram, and i didn't where else to put it.

I am very well knowledgeable with computer stuff but ram is iffy for me.


my current pc is running windows 7 64 bit.


I have PC 5400 DDR 1GB (thats what it says on the ram stick them selfs.) i dont know if they are DDR2 due this computer being a gift.

its a custom computer.

i have this other set of ram sticks pc2 6400 1GB (240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 ) which i bought for my friend who i built him a custom pc for his birthday.

I bought him the same MOBO as i have. there was only a 3 month difference between my gift and his build.

and i was wondering... Can i mix the 2 types of ram he doesnt want the pc anymore and i would like to use some of his parts as scraps and the only thing i havent used is obvious his mobo and processor and his ram.

so i was wondering if i can add his Ram sticks to my mobo . My mobo is NF520-A2 SE AM2 NVIDIA and his is the same. thats pretty much my question.
post #2 of 12
Memory is designed to be backward-compatible, so generally speaking, you can safely add faster memory to a computer that was designed to run slower memory. However, your system will operate at the speed of the slowest module or system component

although its not reccomended to use 2 differnt brand of memory chips together, always try and run 2 the same, i.e two kingston or two corsair

Edit: sorry also 5400 is DDR2 yes 5400 is DDR2 @ 667MHz and 6400 is DDR2 @800MHz

yes those modules should work with that motherboard, however as i said above unless they are the same brand its not recommended
Edited by Adam23 - 1/6/11 at 9:39pm
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Memory is designed to be backward-compatible, so generally speaking, you can safely add faster memory to a computer that was designed to run slower memory. However, your system will operate at the speed of the slowest module or system component

although its not reccomended to use 2 differnt brand of memory chips together, always try and run 2 the same, i.e two kingston or two corsair
my computer runs fine with my current ram so adding the new ram the pc6400 will make them pc5400 at W/e MB of the ram?

IE 1GB pc5400

and 1GB PC6400

well end up being


2GB PC5400 ?


EDIT

both rams are DDR2

i dont think i was clear enough.


i have 2 sticks of 1GB each so my system is running 2GB

and i have 2 other sticks of 1GB each.

so adding to them to my system will equal 4GB Ram?
Edited by shadowtype09 - 1/6/11 at 9:41pm
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my computer runs fine with my current ram so adding the new ram the pc6400 will make them pc5400 at W/e MB of the ram?

IE 1GB pc5400

and 1GB PC6400

well end up being


2GB PC5400 ?
correct, are they the same brand....?
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No they are not. the one's inside my pc i do not know the brand and the ones from my friends pc are OCZ
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No they are not. the one's inside my pc i do not know the brand and the ones from my friends pc are OCZ
well i dont recommend it however its up to you wether you want to try it, if you do want to try it install the memory and see how you get on, if everything seems to run fine, all good. if you run into any instability issues then i would advise to remove the added ram and either stay with what you have or purchase some more memory to match what you currently have in your system.
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what are repercussions for running different rams.

ohh i dont know if it matters but my rams are at 1.9Volts and the other ones are at 2.1Volts i read somewhere that that might matter..

umm but could i burn my mobo or other components?
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what are repercussions for running different rams.

ohh i dont know if it matters but my rams are at 1.9Volts and the other ones are at 2.1Volts i read somewhere that that might matter..

umm but could i burn my mobo or other components?
in that case i would leave it, the other ram should run at a lesser power but then i think you would see instabiltiy issues, what do you use your pc for...?
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everyday use and gaming .....

I been wanting to do upgrades.. i did burn 2 graphic cards and now i have 2 9600's that i received from Nvida but money is tight... f-ing economy.. but yeah..

everyday use, gaming , and some minor video editing
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everyday use and gaming .....

I been wanting to do upgrades.. i did burn 2 graphic cards and now i have 2 9600's that i received from Nvida but money is tight... f-ing economy.. but yeah..

everyday use, gaming , and some minor video editing
hmmm, yes you really do require 4gb then dont you. dont know what to say tbh, you cant really or shouldnt really run that ram together yet you cant really spend on new memory, only thing i can suggest is to look on ebay and see if you can pick up either something like 4gb of corsair XMS2, or some OCZ platinum, both would suit you enough and sometimes on ebay they are cheap, a couple of months back i managed to pick up 4gb of corsair XMS2 for about $70, just need to keep your eyes open, look for major brands like Corsair,OCZ and Crucial, also january is the best time on ebay for computer components as people have upgraded there comps over christmas.

here you go, stuff like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Corsair-XMS2-2GB...item43a4542011
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