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I currently own two 2GB G.SKILL RipJjaws X Series 240-Pint DDR3 SDRAM and I just bought a new MOBO and CPU. I was wondering if they would be compatible with each other just until I can get upgraded RAM for the board.

MOBO:
MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU:
Intel Core i7-960 Bloodfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBBXL

I know that the RAM is Dual-Channel and that the MOBO supports Triple-Channel. Will this be a problem or will I be able to use these two RAM sticks momentarily?
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i7-960 Bloodfield 3.2GHz MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel ATX MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Home Premium Logitech G510 Antec 700W 
Case
Antec 902 V3 ATX Mid Tower 
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i7-960 Bloodfield 3.2GHz MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel ATX MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Home Premium Logitech G510 Antec 700W 
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Antec 902 V3 ATX Mid Tower 
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I am still new to the computer scene in regards to making one from scratch and I think my friend may have described Dual-Channel and Triple-Channel RAM to me incorrectly. From what I have been reading it states that Dual-Channel RAM is placed on the motherboard in groups of two and in Triple-Channel RAM it is placed in groups of three.

Does this mean that I would only need to buy 1 more identical RAM stick to run with Triple-Channel or are the RAM sticks actually built differently? My understanding was that Triple-Channel allowed you to use three RAM sticks and Dual-Channel only supported two.

Example:
Dual-Channel would support RAM as follows: Sets of 2, 4, 6 etc.
Triple-Channel would support RAM as follows: 3, 6, 9 etc.

I was thinking that the RAM was made exactly the same but that you could add an additional RAM stick and the board would recognize and utilize it. Hopefully I explained that correctly but I am also not sure if what I said is correct. Clarification would be greatly appreciated.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-960 Bloodfield 3.2GHz MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel ATX MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Home Premium Logitech G510 Antec 700W 
Case
Antec 902 V3 ATX Mid Tower 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-960 Bloodfield 3.2GHz MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel ATX MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM Windows 7 Home Premium Logitech G510 Antec 700W 
Case
Antec 902 V3 ATX Mid Tower 
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