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coolvaibh2012

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Hello you wise people,

I have Gigabyte GA G41 Combo mobo in my desktop with two Seagate hard drives and 4GB of RAM (its a local brand), processor is C2D E7500. I haven't overclocked anything in my PC yet. But very soon I want to upgrade my system a bit. I want to add another hard drive from Seagate of 4 TB capacity [Seagate SATA 4 TB (ST4000DM000)]. Can I just add this new hard drive along with the existing drives of 500 GB and 1 TB or shall I upgrade my RAM first?

Full system specs are as below-------

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Summary
        Operating System
            Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
        CPU
            Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz    42 °C
            Wolfdale 45nm Technology
        RAM
            4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)
        Motherboard
            Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. G41M-Combo (Socket 775)    36 °C
        Graphics
            SONY TV ([email protected])
            E2060 ([email protected])
            1024MB NVIDIA GeForce 210 (ASUStek Computer Inc)    46 °C
        Storage
            465GB Seagate ST3500418AS ATA Device (SATA)    35 °C
            931GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA)    34 °C
        Optical Drives
            ASUS DRW-24D3ST ATA Device
        Audio
            Realtek High Definition Audio




Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Computer type: Desktop

        
        
        
CPU
        Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
            Cores    2
            Threads    2
            Name    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
            Code Name    Wolfdale
            Package    Socket 775 LGA
            Technology    45nm
            Specification    Intel Core2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz
            Family    6
            Extended Family    6
            Model    7
            Extended Model    17
            Stepping    A
            Revision    R0
            Instructions    MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, Intel 64, NX, VMX
            Virtualization    Supported, Enabled
            Hyperthreading    Not supported
            Fan Speed    1973 RPM
            Bus Speed    266.9 MHz
            Rated Bus Speed    1067.7 MHz
            Stock Core Speed    2933 MHz
            Stock Bus Speed    266 MHz
            Average Temperature    42 °C
                Caches
                    L1 Data Cache Size    2 x 32 KBytes
                    L1 Instructions Cache Size    2 x 32 KBytes
                    L2 Unified Cache Size    3072 KBytes
                Cores
                        Core 0
                            Core Speed    1601.6 MHz
                            Multiplier    x 6.0
                            Bus Speed    266.9 MHz
                            Rated Bus Speed    1067.7 MHz
                            Temperature    44 °C
                            Threads    APIC ID: 0
                        Core 1
                            Core Speed    2936.2 MHz
                            Multiplier    x 11.0
                            Bus Speed    266.9 MHz
                            Rated Bus Speed    1067.7 MHz
                            Temperature    40 °C
                            Threads    APIC ID: 1


RAM
        Memory slots
            Total memory slots    4
            Used memory slots    2
            Free memory slots    2
        Memory
            Type    DDR3
            Size    4096 MBytes
            Channels #    Dual
            DRAM Frequency    533.9 MHz
            CAS# Latency (CL)    7 clocks
            RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)    7 clocks
            RAS# Precharge (tRP)    7 clocks
            Cycle Time (tRAS)    20 clocks
            Command Rate (CR)    2T
        Physical Memory
            Memory Usage    33 %
            Total Physical    4.00 GB
            Available Physical    2.66 GB
            Total Virtual    8.00 GB
            Available Virtual    6.61 GB
        SPD
            Number Of SPD Modules    2
                Slot #1
                    Type    DDR3
                    Size    2048 MBytes
                    Manufacturer    Unknown
                    Max Bandwidth    PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
                        Timing table
                                JEDEC #1
                                    Frequency    457.1 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    6.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    6
                                    RAS# Precharge    6
                                    tRAS    17
                                    tRC    23
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #2
                                    Frequency    533.3 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    7.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    7
                                    RAS# Precharge    7
                                    tRAS    20
                                    tRC    27
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #3
                                    Frequency    609.5 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    8.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    8
                                    RAS# Precharge    8
                                    tRAS    22
                                    tRC    30
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #4
                                    Frequency    685.7 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    9.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    9
                                    RAS# Precharge    9
                                    tRAS    25
                                    tRC    34
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                Slot #2
                    Type    DDR3
                    Size    2048 MBytes
                    Manufacturer    Unknown
                    Max Bandwidth    PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
                        Timing table
                                JEDEC #1
                                    Frequency    457.1 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    6.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    6
                                    RAS# Precharge    6
                                    tRAS    17
                                    tRC    23
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #2
                                    Frequency    533.3 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    7.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    7
                                    RAS# Precharge    7
                                    tRAS    20
                                    tRC    27
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #3
                                    Frequency    609.5 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    8.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    8
                                    RAS# Precharge    8
                                    tRAS    22
                                    tRC    30
                                    Voltage    1.500 V
                                JEDEC #4
                                    Frequency    685.7 MHz
                                    CAS# Latency    9.0
                                    RAS# To CAS#    9
                                    RAS# Precharge    9
                                    tRAS    25
                                    tRC    34
                                    Voltage    1.500 V




Motherboard
    Manufacturer    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Model    G41M-Combo (Socket 775)
    Chipset Vendor    Intel
    Chipset Model    G41
    Chipset Revision    A3
    Southbridge Vendor    Intel
    Southbridge Model    82801GB (ICH7/R)
    Southbridge Revision    A1
    System Temperature    36 °C
        BIOS
            Brand    Award Software International, Inc.
            Version    FB
            Date    10/25/2012
        Voltage
            CPU CORE    1.120 V
            MEMORY CONTROLLER    1.632 V
            +3.3V    3.136 V
            +5V    5.027 V
            +12V    0.960 V
            -12V    (12.352) V
            -5V    (8.576) V
            +5V HIGH THRESHOLD    3.602 V
            CMOS BATTERY    3.216 V
        PCI Data
                Slot PCI
                    Slot Type    PCI
                    Slot Usage    Available
                    Bus Width    32 bit
                    Slot Designation    PCI
                    Characteristics    5V, 3.3V, PME, SMBus
                    Slot Number    0
                Slot PCI
                    Slot Type    PCI
                    Slot Usage    In Use
                    Bus Width    32 bit
                    Slot Designation    PCI
                    Characteristics    5V, 3.3V, PME, SMBus
                    Slot Number    1





Graphics
        Monitor 1
            Name    SONY TV on NVIDIA GeForce 210
            Current Resolution    1600x900 pixels
            Work Resolution    1600x900 pixels
            State    Enabled
            Multiple displays    Extended, Secondary, Enabled
            Monitor Width    1600
            Monitor Height    900
            Monitor BPP    32 bits per pixel
            Monitor Frequency    30 Hz
            Device    \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
        Monitor 2
            Name    E2060 on NVIDIA GeForce 210
            Current Resolution    1600x900 pixels
            Work Resolution    1600x860 pixels
            State    Enabled
            Multiple displays    Extended, Primary, Enabled
            Monitor Width    1600
            Monitor Height    900
            Monitor BPP    32 bits per pixel
            Monitor Frequency    60 Hz
            Device    \\.\DISPLAY2\Monitor0
        NVIDIA GeForce 210
            Manufacturer    NVIDIA
            Model    GeForce 210
            GPU    GT218
            Device ID    10DE-0A65
            Revision    A3
            Subvendor    ASUStek Computer Inc (1043)
            Current Performance Level    Level 3
            Current GPU Clock    589 MHz
            Current Memory Clock    600 MHz
            Current Shader Clock    1402 MHz
            Voltage    1.000 V
            Technology    40 nm
            Die Size    57 mm²
            Release Date    2009
            DirectX Support    10.1
            OpenGL Support    4.1
            Bus Interface    PCI Express x16
            Temperature    46 °C
            Driver version    9.18.13.3788
            BIOS Version    70.18.5f.00.06
            ROPs    4
            Shaders    16 unified
            Memory    1024 MB
                Count of performance levels : 3
                        Level 1 - "Default"
                            GPU Clock    135 MHz
                            Memory Clock    135 MHz
                            Shader Clock    270 MHz
                        Level 2 - "2D Desktop"
                            GPU Clock    405 MHz
                            Memory Clock    405 MHz
                            Shader Clock    810 MHz
                        Level 3 - "3D Applications"
                            GPU Clock    589 MHz
                            Memory Clock    600 MHz
                            Shader Clock    1402 MHz





Storage
        Hard drives
                ST3500418AS ATA Device
                    Manufacturer    Seagate
                    Form Factor    3.5"
                    Heads    16
                    Cylinders    60,801
                    Tracks    15,504,255
                    Sectors    976,768,065
                    SATA type    SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
                    Device type    Fixed
                    ATA Standard    ATA8-ACS
                    Serial Number    9VMVQWW6
                    Firmware Version Number    CC44
                    LBA Size    48-bit LBA
                    Power On Count    5782 times
                    Power On Time    577.1 days
                    Speed    7200 RPM
                    Features    S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
                    Max. Transfer Mode    SATA II 3.0Gb/s
                    Used Transfer Mode    SATA II 3.0Gb/s
                    Interface    SATA
                    Capacity    465 GB
                    Real size    500,107,862,016 bytes
                    RAID Type    None
                        S.M.A.R.T
                            Status    Good
                            Temperature    35 °C
                            Temperature Range    OK (less than 50 °C)
                                S.M.A.R.T attributes
                                        01
                                            Attribute name    Read Error Rate
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    114
                                            Worst    99
                                            Threshold    6
                                            Raw Value    00049F1816
                                            Status    Good
                                        03
                                            Attribute name    Spin-Up Time
                                            Real value    0 ms
                                            Current    97
                                            Worst    97
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        04
                                            Attribute name    Start/Stop Count
                                            Real value    5,682
                                            Current    95
                                            Worst    95
                                            Threshold    20
                                            Raw Value    0000001632
                                            Status    Good
                                        05
                                            Attribute name    Reallocated Sectors Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    36
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        07
                                            Attribute name    Seek Error Rate
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    84
                                            Worst    60
                                            Threshold    30
                                            Raw Value    00100330BB
                                            Status    Good
                                        09
                                            Attribute name    Power-On Hours (POH)
                                            Real value    577d 3h
                                            Current    85
                                            Worst    85
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    000000361B
                                            Status    Good
                                        0A
                                            Attribute name    Spin Retry Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    97
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        0C
                                            Attribute name    Device Power Cycle Count
                                            Real value    5,782
                                            Current    95
                                            Worst    95
                                            Threshold    20
                                            Raw Value    0000001696
                                            Status    Good
                                        B7
                                            Attribute name    SATA Downshift Error Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        B8
                                            Attribute name    End-to-End error / IOEDC
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    99
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        BB
                                            Attribute name    Reported Uncorrectable Errors
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        BC
                                            Attribute name    Command Timeout
                                            Real value    4,295,098,376
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    99
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000020008
                                            Status    Good
                                        BD
                                            Attribute name    High Fly Writes (WDC)
                                            Real value    39
                                            Current    61
                                            Worst    61
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000027
                                            Status    Good
                                        BE
                                            Attribute name    Airflow Temperature
                                            Real value    35 °C
                                            Current    65
                                            Worst    50
                                            Threshold    45
                                            Raw Value    0023220023
                                            Status    Good
                                        C2
                                            Attribute name    Temperature
                                            Real value    35 °C
                                            Current    35
                                            Worst    50
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000023
                                            Status    Good
                                        C3
                                            Attribute name    Hardware ECC Recovered
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    43
                                            Worst    23
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    00049F1816
                                            Status    Good
                                        C5
                                            Attribute name    Current Pending Sector Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        C6
                                            Attribute name    Uncorrectable Sector Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        C7
                                            Attribute name    UltraDMA CRC Error Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    200
                                            Worst    200
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        F0
                                            Attribute name    Head Flying Hours
                                            Real value    919d 2h
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    000000562A
                                            Status    Good
                                        F1
                                            Attribute name    Total LBAs Written
                                            Real value    1,843,336,984
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    006DDF1718
                                            Status    Good
                                        F2
                                            Attribute name    Total LBAs Read
                                            Real value    4,273,695,501
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    00FEBB6B0D
                                            Status    Good
                        Partition 0
                            Partition ID    Disk #0, Partition #0
                            Disk Letter    C:
                            File System    NTFS
                            Volume Serial Number    F603CD13
                            Size    94 GB
                            Used Space    92 GB (97%)
                            Free Space    2.41 GB (3%)
                        Partition 1
                            Partition ID    Disk #0, Partition #1
                            Disk Letter    F:
                            File System    NTFS
                            Volume Serial Number    743C8C22
                            Size    94 GB
                            Used Space    94 GB (99%)
                            Free Space    199 MB (1%)
                        Partition 2
                            Partition ID    Disk #0, Partition #2
                            Disk Letter    G:
                            File System    NTFS
                            Volume Serial Number    84555F63
                            Size    180 GB
                            Used Space    180 GB (99%)
                            Free Space    141 MB (1%)
                        Partition 3
                            Partition ID    Disk #0, Partition #3
                            Disk Letter    E:
                            File System    NTFS
                            Volume Serial Number    E456F3F1
                            Size    94 GB
                            Used Space    94 GB (99%)
                            Free Space    75 MB (1%)
                ST31000524AS ATA Device
                    Manufacturer    Seagate
                    Form Factor    3.5"
                    Heads    16
                    Cylinders    121,601
                    Tracks    31,008,255
                    Sectors    1,953,520,065
                    SATA type    SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
                    Device type    Fixed
                    ATA Standard    ATA8-ACS
                    Serial Number    9VPGGX3J
                    Firmware Version Number    JC45
                    LBA Size    48-bit LBA
                    Power On Count    1746 times
                    Power On Time    188.3 days
                    Speed    7200 RPM
                    Features    S.M.A.R.T., AAM, NCQ
                    Max. Transfer Mode    SATA III 6.0Gb/s
                    Used Transfer Mode    SATA II 3.0Gb/s
                    Interface    SATA
                    Capacity    931 GB
                    Real size    1,000,204,886,016 bytes
                    RAID Type    None
                        S.M.A.R.T
                            Status    Good
                            Temperature    34 °C
                            Temperature Range    OK (less than 50 °C)
                                S.M.A.R.T attributes
                                        01
                                            Attribute name    Read Error Rate
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    118
                                            Worst    99
                                            Threshold    6
                                            Raw Value    000AD2C289
                                            Status    Good
                                        03
                                            Attribute name    Spin-Up Time
                                            Real value    0 ms
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        04
                                            Attribute name    Start/Stop Count
                                            Real value    3,775
                                            Current    97
                                            Worst    97
                                            Threshold    20
                                            Raw Value    0000000EBF
                                            Status    Good
                                        05
                                            Attribute name    Reallocated Sectors Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    36
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        07
                                            Attribute name    Seek Error Rate
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    69
                                            Worst    60
                                            Threshold    30
                                            Raw Value    00009C282C
                                            Status    Good
                                        09
                                            Attribute name    Power-On Hours (POH)
                                            Real value    188d 7h
                                            Current    95
                                            Worst    95
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    00000011A7
                                            Status    Good
                                        0A
                                            Attribute name    Spin Retry Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    97
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        0C
                                            Attribute name    Device Power Cycle Count
                                            Real value    1,746
                                            Current    99
                                            Worst    99
                                            Threshold    20
                                            Raw Value    00000006D2
                                            Status    Good
                                        B7
                                            Attribute name    SATA Downshift Error Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        B8
                                            Attribute name    End-to-End error / IOEDC
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    99
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        BB
                                            Attribute name    Reported Uncorrectable Errors
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        BC
                                            Attribute name    Command Timeout
                                            Real value    1
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    99
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000001
                                            Status    Good
                                        BD
                                            Attribute name    High Fly Writes (WDC)
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        BE
                                            Attribute name    Airflow Temperature
                                            Real value    34 °C
                                            Current    66
                                            Worst    52
                                            Threshold    45
                                            Raw Value    0022220022
                                            Status    Good
                                        C2
                                            Attribute name    Temperature
                                            Real value    34 °C
                                            Current    34
                                            Worst    48
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000022
                                            Status    Good
                                        C3
                                            Attribute name    Hardware ECC Recovered
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    40
                                            Worst    30
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    000AD2C289
                                            Status    Good
                                        C5
                                            Attribute name    Current Pending Sector Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        C6
                                            Attribute name    Uncorrectable Sector Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    100
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        C7
                                            Attribute name    UltraDMA CRC Error Count
                                            Real value    0
                                            Current    200
                                            Worst    200
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000000000
                                            Status    Good
                                        F0
                                            Attribute name    Head Flying Hours
                                            Real value    443d 1h
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    0000002989
                                            Status    Good
                                        F1
                                            Attribute name    Total LBAs Written
                                            Real value    3,580,758,750
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    00D56E0ADE
                                            Status    Good
                                        F2
                                            Attribute name    Total LBAs Read
                                            Real value    3,589,072,133
                                            Current    100
                                            Worst    253
                                            Threshold    0
                                            Raw Value    00D5ECE505
                                            Status    Good
                        Partition 0
                            Partition ID    Disk #1, Partition #0
                            Disk Letter    D:
                            File System    NTFS
                            Volume Serial Number    08BCFB4F
                            Size    931 GB
                            Used Space    912 GB (97%)
                            Free Space    19.2 GB (3%)




Optical Drives
        ASUS DRW-24D3ST ATA Device
            Media Type    DVD Writer
            Name    ASUS DRW-24D3ST ATA Device
            Availability    Running/Full Power
            Capabilities    Random Access, Supports Writing, Supports Removable Media
            Read capabilities    CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
            Write capabilities    CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
            Config Manager Error Code    Device is working properly
            Config Manager User Config    FALSE
            Drive    H:
            Media Loaded    FALSE
            SCSI Bus    0
            SCSI Logical Unit    0
            SCSI Port    0
            SCSI Target Id    1
            Status    OK



Audio
        Sound Cards
            NVIDIA High Definition Audio
            Realtek High Definition Audio
            Bluetooth Hands-free Audio
            NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)
            NVIDIA High Definition Audio
            DFX Audio Enhancer 11.1
            NVIDIA High Definition Audio
            NVIDIA High Definition Audio
        Playback Devices
            SONY TV-1 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
            Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)    (default)
            DFX Speakers (DFX Audio Enhancer 11.1)
        Speaker Configuration
            Speaker type    Stereo




Peripherals
        Standard PS/2 Keyboard
            Device Kind    Keyboard
            Device Name    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
            Vendor    (Standard keyboards)
            Location    plugged into keyboard port
                Driver
                    Date    6-21-2006
                    Version    6.1.7601.17514
                    File    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\i8042prt.sys
                    File    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\kbdclass.sys
        PS/2 Compatible Mouse
            Device Kind    Mouse
            Device Name    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
            Vendor    Microsoft
            Location    plugged into PS/2 mouse port
                Driver
                    Date    6-21-2006
                    Version    6.1.7600.16385
                    File    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\i8042prt.sys
                    File    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\mouclass.sys


So friends I have 2 models of RAM in my mind,

1. Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (This is the RAM model which has been in the list of RAMs accepted by my mobo according to Gigabyte)

2. Gskill 4Gb X 1 Ddr3 1333Mhz Cl9 Value Ram For Desktop (This is the RAM model used successfully by one my friends having this same mobo)


I want to ask you people that is it OK for me to just add another 4TB hard drive to my system having above mentioned specs and hardware or shall I upgrade my RAM too? I want to upgrade my RAM to 8GB but which model of the above two shall I purchase? I want to use my system at the maximum possible speed allowed by my CPU, mobo and RAM (obviously after I upgrade my RAM too with one of the above). And for that what and how shall I tweak in my BIOS settings (overclock)

First please advice me about the Hard drive and RAM upgrade then I would try to overclock my system to its max values as per you people suggest.

Thanks everyone in advance.
 
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Automata

Destroyer of Empires and Use
Joined
May 15, 2006
Hello coolvaibh2012 and :welcome: to the forums!

Please only create one thread per topic. I removed your other three threads, moved this one to General Hardware, and added [code][/code] tags to greatly shorten your post and make it easier to read.

If you simply want to add more storage, yes, you can drop the drive in and use it. If you want to make it your main drive, a few more steps would be required.

Memory isn't incredibly picky on what boards it works with. There will be some incompatibility, but it is a lot more rare than back in the day. Motherboards today can automatically set timings so the system at least functions. Either of those sets should work fine. I prefer G.Skill for the quality of their products and support.
 

Nebulous

Señor Senior, Senior
Joined
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Location
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According to Gigabyte's site, your board shows it supports 1333Mhz ram and only a total of 8gb (2x4gb sticks). You can get 1600 as it is backwards compatible.

Be advised it is not recommended to use both DDR2 & DDR3 on that board. It is not supported. Only use DDR3 or DDR2, but not both.


As for storage, yes you can use the 4tb drive. You have 4 sata ports.
 

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Good catch Nebulous, I didn't see he linked DDR3 sticks. Teaches me to post before my morning coffee/tea. :)
 
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Sorry for the multiple postings of the same query in multiple categories. I wasn't sure to which category my query belongs!!!

Thanks for the support though. I would like to know which of the two RAMs I stated above would greatly improve the performance? And yes, I am using DDR3 RAM right now but its not a branded RAM. Apart from this, I want to use 1333 or 1600 RAM just because I want to use my system at 1333 (OC) as stated on my mobo's site. My processor is C2D E7500, so can I OC it and the RAM both to work at 1333? If yes then please guide me through this. I read somewhere that we need to enable "XMP" option in the bios for OCing the RAM. But I am not able to find any such settings in my BIOS.

There is just this setting called "Performance Enhance" under "DRAM Performance Control" and its currently set to "Standard" but it has two more options in it as "Turbo" and "Extreme".

Also, there is another DRAM setting as "(G) MCH Frequency Latch" and its currently set as "266 MHz" by default but this too have two more options as "200" and "333".

So have these settings anything to do after I install 1333 RAM from GSkill? Are these settings need to be tweaked as "XMP" is not available in my mobo's BIOS?

Your kind help would surely be appreciated by me. I am totally a noob at OCing and tweaking BIOS!!!!

Thanks in advance.
 

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Both sets of ram will run the same speed (1333Mhz). Installing higher speed ram will not improve performance. You are limited by the bios for that particular board which is max @ 1333Mhz. Only thing that might improve performance is a higher speed cpu like an E8400 for example.

Either set of ram you install, go into the bios and set "XMP" profile. You ram will then run it's rated speed/timings set fourth by the manufacturer.

If your bios does not have "XMP", then you set your timings/settings manually following the ram's specs (timings/voltages).


Your particular board does not have overclocking settings so you will NOT be able to overclock the cpu. Those settings are for overall performance. You can test each setting and see how your system reacts. Be advised that it may cause instability.

All you can do try them and see. Also take a read at this guide .

Aside from this, your are limited by your board. Don't expect much.
 
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Both sets of ram will run the same speed (1333Mhz). Installing higher speed ram will not improve performance. You are limited by the bios for that particular board which is max @ 1333Mhz. Only thing that might improve performance is a higher speed cpu like an E8400 for example.

Either set of ram you install, go into the bios and set "XMP" profile. You ram will then run it's rated speed/timings set fourth by the manufacturer.

If your bios does not have "XMP", then you set your timings/settings manually following the ram's specs (timings/voltages).


Your particular board does not have overclocking settings so you will NOT be able to overclock the cpu. Those settings are for overall performance. You can test each setting and see how your system reacts. Be advised that it may cause instability.

All you can do try them and see. Also take a read at this guide .

Aside from this, your are limited by your board. Don't expect much.

Thanks for the advise,

I had OCd my cpu earlier. My BIOS has this setting "CPU Host Clock Control". If I enable this option then I can increase the FSB from its stock 266 MHz. Obviously the multiplier is not settable there but yes I had successfully made the CPU FSB from 11x266 to 11x315 but that was the end of it because any more increase in FSB made my system unstable. So, this is what I want to ask, is this instability just because of low-end RAM I am using currently? This RAM shows operating at just 533 MHz. If I install 1333 RAM and OC it to max then would it really operate at 1333? And will it help to increase the CPU FSB more than 11x315? Like 11x330 or 11x350?

Any help from you people would be greatly appreciated as I am the noob in this field.

Today I searched for the suitable memory for my mobo and I found this one " Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00".

So now I have total 3 models of RAM suitable for my mobo. Which one out of these two would perform best according to my requirements?

Last query, Shall I install 2x4GB sticks of any one of these 3 RAMs or just install 1x8GBs stick? My mobo had 2 ports for DDR3 RAM. I want to replace the current RAM sticks (2x2GBs) with the ones I listed in this post.

Thanks again for your concern.
 

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Best to use ram in sets (pairs). I would go with the cheapest of the 2 sets of 1600. Your current ram is running 533Mhz which is 1066. You can ramp it to 667 which should be the next setting up in the ram which will put the ram speed at it's native 1333Mhz.

I wouldn't put anymore money in that machine as it's a dated chipset and you won't get much performance out of it. Your best bet would be to go with a socket 1155 and DDR3. You can then use 1600/1866/2133 ram.
 
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Best to use ram in sets (pairs). I would go with the cheapest of the 2 sets of 1600. Your current ram is running 533Mhz which is 1066. You can ramp it to 667 which should be the next setting up in the ram which will put the ram speed at it's native 1333Mhz.

I wouldn't put anymore money in that machine as it's a dated chipset and you won't get much performance out of it. Your best bet would be to go with a socket 1155 and DDR3. You can then use 1600/1866/2133 ram.

According to your advice I am now narrowing-in on Crucial RAM listed by me above. Actually I found this RAM on Crucial website using its memory finder tool for my specific mobo. Please have a look at these RAM modules too as they are available online here in India on Amazon-India-----

http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B006WAGGUK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1AER2OG6BI33A

Are these the same RAM modules as suggested by memory-finder tool on Crucial website?

Will these work for my mobo? If yes then, as stated by you, will I be able to OC my CPU to say 3.5GHz or above without stability issues?

Please reply this last query of mine.

I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks.
 
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Guy sounds like a lawyer... be careful Neb, LOL!

(aware it is just a language thing, LOL!)

@ coolvai - all you have to do is match the numbers from the QVL list to the ram. ;)
 
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I know! Thus is why I keep my replies short! lmao!!

Sorry Sir if I irritated you. I just want to explore the depth of hardware-world with the help of experts like you.

I just tried to OC my system.

I increased the FSB for my CPU (can't increase the multiplier as it is locked to '11'). I set the CPU FSB to 333 (11x333) from its default 266 (11x266). Along with that I just tweaked two settings for RAM. They are "Performance Enhance" and "(G) MCH Frequency Latch". I kept Performance Enhance to default "Standard" (Turbo and Extreme is also available but when I set it to Turbo or Extreme then system got BSOD). And then I set MCH Frequency Latch to "333" from its default "266" (266 and 200 available). And yes, my system ran at 3.66GHz without a fault!!

Again, to push the limits, I set FSB to 340 and rest everything as above and again the system is stable now at 3.73GHz!! No BSOD or no issues. Right now writing this update at OCd 3.73GHZ system.

Again I tried yo increase FSB to 350 (11x350) but it became highly unstable and it got BSOD!!

So, currently the system is at 3.73GHZ without any issues, both the cores are at 40 and 44 degree centigrades.

Are these temps ok (without any stress on CPU)?

And after installing Crucial BAllistix Sport 1666 RAM will I be able to increase the FSB yet more than this?
 

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Have you read the Overclocking guide for your CPU? Here is the link...it will explain temps limits etc: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/...lock-C2Q-(Quads)-and-C2D-(Duals)-A-Guide-v1-1

I will say idle temps are not relevant for the most part, but do believe that to be warm for idle (other variables not withstanding such as higher than normal ambient temps). Its LOAD temperatures, specifically stress testing load temps that matter. Again, check out that guide I linked.

That said, you have a G41 chipset. Its not exactly made for overclocking so you will run into lower limits than with boards that are actually made for overclocking. What that limit is, I have no idea as all boards/CPUs are different.
 
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Have you read the Overclocking guide for your CPU? Here is the link...it will explain temps limits etc: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/...lock-C2Q-(Quads)-and-C2D-(Duals)-A-Guide-v1-1

That said, you have a G41 chipset. Its not exactly made for overclocking so you will run into lower limits than with boards that are actually made for overclocking. What that limit is, I have no idea as all boards/CPUs are different.


And after installing Crucial BAllistix Sport 1666 RAM will I be able to increase the FSB yet more than this?
 

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I have never seen/heard of 1666 ram... are you sure that is what you have?

EDIT: According to your first post you have 533MHz ram (1066 DDR), not 1666. If your memory to FSB ratio is 1:1 you should have no problems reaching 533MHz FSB (stock for the ram). IF the CPU/Board can reach that value. Again, you have a budget board.
 
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I have never seen/heard of 1666 ram... are you sure that is what you have?
EDIT: According to your first post you have 533MHz ram (1066 DDR), not 1666. If your memory to FSB ratio is 1:1 you should have no problems reaching 533MHz FSB (stock for the ram). IF the CPU/Board can reach that value. Again, you have a budget board.


Sorry, my mistake. I am asking that if I install Crucial 1600 RAM then will I be able to increase the FSB yet more than 340 of the current OCd CPU? Right now I have this old 4GB RAM (2x2GB) unbranded. It was set to 533 by default when the CPU FSB was at 266 by default. But right now I have OCd my system at 3.73GHz as explained by me above.

Shall I provide CPUZ screenshots of the previous (default) settings and OCd (current) settings?













Above are CPUZ screenshots with the stock and default settings previously.

And below are the CPUZ screenshots after I OCd just before an hour, remember I haven't changed the 2x2GB RAM yet!!














So, the thing I am asking is, if I can OC safely and stably with this unbranded RAM to this extent then can I OC more with 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600 RAM?
 
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Crucial 1600 ram? How can you do that? They didn't even make DDR2 at that speed... The fastest I recall was 533/1066...Square pegs do not fit into round holes.

I would read the guide so you can get the basic concepts and terminology down on what you are doing first...


EDIT: Hold up, that board does use DDR3...

You will need to make the ratio of FSB to memory as low as it can go. :)
 
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Crucial 1600 ram? How can you do that? They didn't even make DDR2 at that speed... The fastest I recall was 533/1066...Square pegs do not fit into round holes.

I would read the guide so you can get the basic concepts and terminology down on what you are doing first...


EDIT: Hold up, that board does use DDR3...

You will need to make the ratio of FSB to memory as low as it can go. :)


This is the Crucial RAM I am speaking about--------

http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B006WAGGUK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1AER2OG6BI33A

By the way my mobo has 2 slots for DDR2 and another 2 slots for DDR3 memory and currently my RAM is DDR3 (2x2GBS).

Also, this RAM is listed on Crucial website for my mobo (using their memory-finder tool), link to Crucial page is-------

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ga-g41m-combo/CT5288828

So, this is the RAM I was referring to all this time.


EDIT:- My PC became unstable and restarted during a heavy video-conversion at FSB 340!! I jumped back to FSB 333 and everything (including heavy stress) the system is smooth. So this unbranded RAM could jump up to FSB 333 easily then will I be able to increase FSB more than 333 (without system istability) if I install Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB (4GBx2) RAM??
 
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