Can I use only one RAM stick?

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    Default Can I use only one RAM stick?

    I've been googling this, but cannot seem to find a concrete answer...

    I am building a gaming PC with 4 GB of RAM, and will upgrade to 8 GB in the future.

    Can I build it now with only one 4 GB stick (leaving the other slot empty)?
    That way later I will have to buy only one more 4 GB stick, instead of two.

    Thanks

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    I believe it's possible, but not recommended because it won't run in dual-channel mode. Depends on what CPU and motherboard you have, though.

    Do you only have 2 slots for RAM? I can't imagine it's cheaper to get a 1x4GB stick than it is to get a 2x2GB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitabred View Post
    I believe it's possible, but not recommended because it won't run in dual-channel mode. Depends on what CPU and motherboard you have, though.

    Do you only have 2 slots for RAM? I can't imagine it's cheaper to get a 1x4GB stick than it is to get a 2x2GB.
    Hey Pitabred, you seem to be single-handedly keeping these forums alive, right?

    CPU: AMD FX-6100
    Motherboard: ATX MSI 760GM-P23 (FX)

    Motherboard specs say:

    Supports two unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333 DRAM, 16GB Max
    I have two scenarios:
    1)
    2x2GB now, and I will have to buy 2x4GB later on.

    2)
    1x4GB now, get 1x4GB later on.

    what would you recommend?

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    I would say the 1x4GB now. But really, memory is so cheap that I'd do my best to just get the 2x4GB at the outset: Newegg.com - Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model MD313C81609L2

    It's actually a better use of your money to buy them as a matched set. You are also much more likely to have them compatible... buying two mismatched single DIMMs can lead to them not working together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitabred View Post
    I would say the 1x4GB now. But really, memory is so cheap that I'd do my best to just get the 2x4GB at the outset: Newegg.com - Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model MD313C81609L2

    It's actually a better use of your money to buy them as a matched set. You are also much more likely to have them compatible... buying two mismatched single DIMMs can lead to them not working together.
    thats right... I actually ended up getting 2x4GB!

 

 

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