any personal experience with this sort of situation? i'm leaning, unless i read otherwise with taking the two 1gbs and leaving a 2gb in the other machine. thanks alot for the help by the way. one last question? should the thermal gel be easy to see, or just know its there?
It is dependent on what mobo you have as they are all different. If it is an ASUS for example then mixing different brands of ram is a bad idea let alone different sizes. The main thing is, if you want to use dual channel then they have to be all the same size and density. Density refers to them being either single sided or double sided.
I have known machines not boot with 512meg single sided and 512meg double sided of the same brand. Yet others with 4 different speeds, sizes, brands, and densities have worked perfectly well.
oh jeez, i'm sorry, i'm a little slow at this. first time building one up. got a smoking bundle deal at compusa:
Intel DG45ID Motherboard - Intel G45 Express, Socket 775, DDR2 800/667 MHz, 7.1 Audio, PCI Express 2.0 x16, HDMI, DVI, S/PDIF, SATA RAID, eSATA, USB 2.0, Firewire, Gigabit LAN, manuf part num: BOXDG45ID, it'll be run by this bundled CPU: Intel Pentium D 965 Extreme Edition Processor HH80553PH1094M - 3.73 Ghz, Socket 775, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, Dual-Core, Presler, OEM. If you notice anything right away that i didn't let me know, like conflicts or limitations. thanks so much bud