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Solved Adding RAM for a Noob?

ZacOnCrac

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Hello guys, basically I'm am asking a simple question and need a simple answer. So my laptop is running a single stick of 8GB of DDR3L 1600mhz RAM. I have a free slot to shove in another stick.
I happen to have a bunch of laptops taken apart and have a whole bunch of RAM sticks yet know nothing of their specs. They are old without doubt.

Am I able to grab a random one of those RAM sticks, shove it in, away I go?
Will I need to configure anything upon starting back up?
Will it be beneficial even if it were 1GB of added RAM?
Will my computer blow up if I attempt this?

More than one question, but I could never count.
 
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>Will my computer blow up if I attempt this?

I mean, if the RAM you're putting in there is made from explosives, then probably.

While you can mix some sticks of RAM, you need to be careful. They have to be the same type, so, you couldn't mix DDR3 RAM with like, DDR2 RAM. You also want to be sure whatever sticks you add are compatible with the motherboard. Like, your motherboard may not support that particular speed. Generally, just to avoid problems, though, I'd just buy another stick of matching RAM, if possible. Definitely much less of a hassle.
 
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>Will my computer blow up if I attempt this?

I mean, if the RAM you're putting in there is made from explosives, then probably.

While you can mix some sticks of RAM, you need to be careful. They have to be the same type, so, you couldn't mix DDR3 RAM with like, DDR2 RAM. You also want to be sure whatever sticks you add are compatible with the motherboard. Like, your motherboard may not support that particular speed. Generally, just to avoid problems, though, I'd just buy another stick of matching RAM, if possible. Definitely much less of a hassle.
Thank you very much, I'll definitely look into it!
 
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As long as the RAM is compatible with your mobo, it's fine. It doesn't have to be a certain speed, if the motherboard doesn't support the speed the RAM is running at, it'll just underclock it. RAM can be a b**** to mix, so you're best mixing with the same make and model, but you don't need to, just be aware that issues are possible. It'd only be worth adding another 8GB stick IMO, or at least 4GB. Considering it's a laptop though, your current 8GB should be more than adequate.
 
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