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Old November 7, 2010, 01:16 PM
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I'd like to increase the memory on my machine (see specs below) to 3 or 4 gigs. I'm running XP (32-bit) so I know it won't recognize all of the memory, but I'd like more than the 2 currently installed. My question is how do I upgrade? Do I buy 2 new sticks of 2gig each memory to replace the current two, or do I add 1 or 2 sticks of 1 gig to increase it?

Since I currently have Corsair 2x1Gb DDR2-800 CL 4, I assume the new sticks should have the same specs (other than size) unless I'm replacing the current ones.

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Old November 7, 2010, 01:42 PM
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I believe your board has four slots, so just go get yourself another 2x1gb sticks and stick them in there.

that being said, you wont be able to expand further should you want to. and to a lesser degree, some motherboards don't like 4 slots of ram filled, at least not without reducing performance a little (timings or clocks)

and the specs don't have to be similar at all, the board will use the lowest performing ram specs overall. i.e you get ddr2-667, the board will run the memory @ 667 mhz. or i.e.2, you get ddr2-800 @ CL 5, the board will run at CL5
and if it doesn't automagically, you can also manually set it that way in the BIOS. tl;dr -> doesn't have to be the exact same.
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Old November 8, 2010, 07:07 AM
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Thanks! I thought there were more restrictions in terms of dropping in additional memory.
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