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Have 4gb (2+2gb) - should I go 8gb or 12gb?

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I've got 4gb of G-Skill DDR3 1600mhz in 2 sticks of 2gb. Would it be a better idea to go with 2 more sticks of 2gb and get a total of 8gb or would it be fine to stick in 2 4gb sticks and make 12gb? I've never mixed sticks and I know it will take it but I didn't know if there was any unspoken penalty or if it was a no-no to mix 4 gig sticks with 2 gig sticks etc.

I doubt I'll ever notice the difference between 8gb and 12gb since I don't really fully utilize my 4gb as-is. Suggestions?
 

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If you don't utilize 4GB now, don't waste money on upgrading to 8GB.
 
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well I know from what I do on my laptop, gaming and more going from 4-8GB helped me a lot. 12GB not worth it right now if you ask me.
 

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the question was more along the lines of "is it ok to mix/match ram stick sizes" than "is 8gb or 12gb better?" because I'm eventually going to add more and spending $49 or $79 isn't the issue
 
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Its better to keep all ram sticks the same brand, mostly for overclocking. if you don't overclock and will not in the future I don't see a problem with mixing ram.
 

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they'll be the same brand but is there anything wrong with having 2 2gb sticks and 2 4gb sticks?
 

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Nothing wrong with mixing and matching sizes.
 
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it depends on for what, for daily use 2gig is enough, gaming 4gig+ is better, video editing needs more ram
if you wanna get best performance just make sure you has similar spec, like timing
and what type of os that you use,it will be better if you run 64bit
 

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64 bit windows 7. I'm going to buy identical ram to what I have, just 8 gigs to go with my 4. Should've bought 8 to begin with and then move to 16 but meh oh well
 
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I'd try to find memory that has the same timings too.
 

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I'm with Newtekie, mixing and matching is fine.
The given being you can't run them all at the highest clock/lowest timing if one stick can't do it (i.e, your new sticks are 1333 only, etc)
 

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Gotcha. It'll be 1600 also. Should slots matter? 8 gigs in A slots 4 gigs in B slots? Sounds like the answer is most likely "no it doesn't matter".

Thanks for all the info guys!
 
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you need 8gb our 12gb??
 

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#14
8gb isnt needed imo, but hey ram really isnt that expensive, so even just for piece of mind if you want it, go for it.