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Anoman05

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So I have a computer that I built recently running XP with 2GB of RAM. If I were to get a 3rd GB of RAM, would I have to reformat my whole computer, or do I just plug it in and it works?
 

leroys1000

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You won't have to reformat.
You might want to check if your motherboard is dual channel.
If so,and you have the slots,you might want to get 2 512MB
memory boards to keep it in dual channel mode.
 

Anoman05

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Well I was going to buy a 2 x 1GB and split it with my brother. Would it make a big difference if I had 3 x 1GB, instead of 2 x 1GB and 2 x 512?
 

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It would disable dual channel,but that's usually only around
a 10% performance difference.
 

Anoman05

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I just bit the bullet and bought two sets of 2X 512MB from Newegg.com. Thanks for you help.
 
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