Question Question about ram upgrade

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Hey,

Currently i have 8GB ram (2x4) and i was thinking about upgrading to 16.

Either I’ll buy 2 more 4gb sticks or get a 16gb one for the same price. What would be most benefitial? To keep using the same sizes as I’ve seen suggested many times or rather the one with more GB’s?

Also, while i am inserting the ram, i plan on spraying some compressed air around my system to clear any dust, should i be able to do without any issues or is there anything i should keep in mind?


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Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
A motherboard must manage all the ram using the same specs of voltage, cas and speed.
The internal workings are designed for the capacity of the kit.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards, can be very sensitive to this.
This is more difficult when more sticks are involved.

If you do buy more disparate sticks, they should be the same speed, voltage and cas numbers.
Even then your chances of working are less than 100%

What is your plan "B" if the new stick/s do not work?

If you want 16gb, my suggestion is to buy a 2 x 8gb kit that matches your current specs.
Then, try adding in your old 8gb,
If it works, good; you now have extra ram.
If not, sell the old ram or keep it as a spare.
 
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I'd reccomend getting either a kit of 2x8GB sticks (I'd say this is your best option), or a kit of 4x4GB sticks if you want four slots filled for some reason. What computer or motherboard do you have?
 

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