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RAM Expansion Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Loagden, Jul 5, 2006.

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  1. Loagden

    Loagden Thread Starter

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    First off, in my computer I had (prior to RAM expansion) one stick of 512 MB DDR PC3200 (or so I am told by AIDA32 and PCU-Z). When I got my second stick of 512 MB the guy at Futureshop tried to insert a PC3200 speed stick but the computer rejected it on boot, so he told me that my computer has one stick of PC2700 already in it (not PC3200, even though AIDA32 and CPU-Z say it is PC3200) and so he put in another stick of PC2700. Now, according to CPU-Z and AIDA32 (two programs that display information on all your computer hardware etc.) I have in my two slots my one, original stick of PC3200 and my new stick of PC2700 that the guy at the store claimed matched my old stick.

    Now to the problem. I am playing games such as Half-Life 2 (and Counter-Strike: Source), Rome: Total War, and Battlefield 2 on my computer, and they were not performing very well at 512 MB (hence my choice to expand). Since I have had this stick added performance within these games has dropped (I am getting 10-15 FPS in CS:S). Could this decrease be due to the difference in speeds of my RAM (PC3200 - PC2700), and, if so, does anyone know why my computer would have rejected a new stick of PC3200 when the original in there is of that speed?
     
  2. michael_jii

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    Yes.. it is the different speeds, both sticks are forced to run at the lower speed. Try a different brand of ram... make sure its all compatible.
    can't offer much more help i'm afraid....

    :)
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Buy your ram from a configurator...www.crucial.com www.kingston.com or www.corsair.com
    and you know they will run right because that is guaranteed. I would doubt the slowness is because of the different speeds, but more likely the two sticks are incompatible as well.
     
  4. blkwlnt64

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    Hi Rich-M, Do all of those 3 ship to Canada where Loagden is ?
     
  5. Triple6

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    Take it back to Futureshop and get a refund is the very thing I'd do. Futureshop techs aren't very knowledgable. Compatibility issues do arise but he just wanted to make a sale and thought you wouldn't know the difference.

    I know Crucial does ship to Canada, I wouldn't be suprised if the others did as well.

    By the way what video card do you have?
     
  6. amohn

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    I will have to agree with Rich-M on the incompatibility, because my friend had the same problem and as soon as he put in matching ram sticks the problem went away
     
  7. Rich-M

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    Yes all 3 will show you other than US shipping. Crucial is a seller, the other two will send you to resellers.
     
  8. Loagden

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    I have a Radeon 9200 SE, which I know isn't great, but it's been working for me.

    Thanks for the help, I'll use those sites!
     
  9. Triple6

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    Well your video card is the reason you don't get good frame rates, the card sucks for gaming.
     
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