I currently have 2 gigs of DDR2 PC2-6400 memory installed on a machine with 32 bit XP Pro. I'm upgrading the hard drive to an SSD and now I'm trying to decide how I should upgrade the memory. I know that it needs more.
I understand that the system won't recognize over 4 gigs of memory.
My motherboard gives me several memory options which include 2 slots available for 2 more gigs of 6400 and:
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-10600 with a maximum of 4GB kit (2GBx2) per slot
I have an old 256 video card installed.
I'm trying to decide if I should add 2 more gigs of the same 6400 memory or just buy 4 gigs of new 10600 memory (2 sticks of 2 gigs each).
Should adding the maximum of either memory cause any problem?
I have older Kingston HyperX installed but now they have HyperX Blue with different timings I guess. Should I make sure not to mix them? Since I'm not yet positive of what the timing is of the memory that I have,I was considering just upgrading all of the memory.
Either way I decide to go, the price is about the same since I found a lot of good deals on 4 verses 2 gigs of ram.
One product that I found is Crucial Ballistic Tactical. Is that on par with HyperX? Which is better, Hyper X or HyperX Blue? The HyperX originally had a higher price than HyperX Blue.
I found some other memory sticks that seem to be pretty good too if one looks at the original list prices and heat spreaders.
One of them is Patriot G Series Sector 5. Is Patriot any better or worse than Kingston or Crucial Ballistic Tactical?
I like the Ballistic Tactical because it's a company with U.S. HQ's and plants around the world.
Should I buy all new memory and will it cause any issues to install all 4 gigs?
I have more upgrade questions but that's about it for here & now.
I appreciate any opinions or info.