Solved: 2 simple questions on ram and a video card interface

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XMkidX

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I'm some what new at building computers

first off how come when I see inside a computer the ram is in a certain type of color slot? and then then the other color is left empty. does that mean I can only use half the slots in a mother board?

and while I'm at it, this iceQ + radeon HD 5750 has an interface of PCI Express 2.1 X16 will it be compatible with a motherboard that has PCI Express 2.0 X16? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161316

Thanks in advance
 
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If the slots are all the same size (lengthwise) ---- then it is usually denoting dual channel ability.

If they aren't, could be the board can use DDR or DDR2 ram, but, not both at the same time.
 

Triple6

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PCI-Express is backward and forward compatible. A PCI-Express 2.1 card will work in a 2.0 and 1.0/1.1 slots.
 

dustyjay

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WHen you have two colors of ram slots that are otherwise the same, usually you populate the slots of the same color to enable Dual Channel then if you install more ram you would populate the other color slots.
 
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