Solved Adding memory to existing computer

June 11, 2012 at 09:04:55
Specs: Windows 7, q6600/4GB DDR2 800
I have an old Athlon 64 3700 with an MSI K8N Neo4 mobo. I want to install Windows 7 and add more memory, it has 1 GB on there now (2 512 MB in both green slots). The memory installed is 3200 @ 400MHz). I have an additional 1gig stick and a 512MB stick lying around that I wonder if I could use (both 3200@ 400MHz as well). Here is the question, what combinations should I use? Can I use the 1GB with the existing 2 512 MB sticks to make 2 GB? How should I place them? Can help in this matter would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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June 11, 2012 at 09:47:48
The owners manual or possibly a online memory configuration web page may help.

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June 11, 2012 at 09:58:08
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Hi Rich,

I know that there are certain ways to arrange RAM especially if you have different sizes, however:

My suggestion is to throw it in and give it a shot. If it doesn't work, that means the mobo doesn't like it, in which case try different variations. If it works, you're good to go. if none of the variations work, put the original RAM back in and it should work again no problem.

This is easier than explaining the technical details and I have used this method in the past and never had any issues.

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June 11, 2012 at 13:46:31
Thanks Newbie10. I was apprehensive, figuring I would need the fire extinguisher if I used the wrong slot, but on your advice I got it going on the first try, sticking the 1GB stick in the first purple slot, bingo, I now have 2 GB's working and am now ready for the Windows 7 upgrade.

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