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dcuddie

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Hey guys,

I'm putting together a new computer and had a small question. The memory i plan on using is http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104118
However I'm using an AM3 mobo, which only supports dual channel, so the 3rd stick of ram will just be collecting dust. so my question is if i were to get another 2gb stick of the same ram, would i be able to put in all 4 sticks without any problems?

any help/suggestions/ideas is much appreciated.

thanks

Edited by dcuddie, 29 December 2010 - 03:03 PM.

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Honestly, you should just get a kit of 2x4GB. G.Skill has one at $110.
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that would work but the thing is i got the ram for free from a buddy of mine =] be cheaper to buy another 2gb than 8gb. anyways, i'm guessing from your response that i wouldn't have a problem doing it my way?
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No problem at all. 4x2GB should work fine.
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What OS are you using and is it the 32 or 64 bit version?
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nice =] i'm using xp home and it's 32-bit i believe
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OK then just a FYI.. a 32 bit OS will only utilize 3.5 gigs of memory total.
Putting more then that is useless and a waste of money..
If you want to use 8 gigs of memory like what has been suggested you will need to purchase a 64 bit OS which opens another issue for you.
You can't upgrade the OS from 32 bit to 64 like normal.
You would have to backup your data, format the system and then install a fresh 64 bit OS.
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well i was going to install windows 7 as well. i'll make sure to install the 64 bit version =]
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So are you saying you are going to have a dual boot system or just Win7 64 bit?
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just the win7 64-bit
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OK good, I have it installed on this system and like it a lot.
Like I said though you will have to format the drive to install it so any data you want to keep make sure to back it up first.
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will do, appreciate the help =]
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