No you wouldn't damage your memory far from it. On another note we should be able to get some preliminary results about what piledriver will be like early next year from the benchmarks of AMD's Trinity. Hopefully with them being almost done with Trinity. Piledriver should hopefully not have many delays or any for that matter. But regardless with what you are upgrading from even bulldozer has better IPC than the original Athlon from what I can tell. Guess we will find out in about ~5-7months with Trinity at least as far as IPC is concerned. Hopefully Trinity fixes the Cache issues that seemed to be prevalent in Bulldozer. Otherwise I think Bulldozer is a fine piece of Architecture that is just not completely refined yet.