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RAM Recommendation

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kammo, Apr 9, 2004.

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  1. kammo

    kammo Thread Starter

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    I'm wanting to add some RAM.

    I'm looking at a list that has a heap choices, but I'm not 100% sure which one to select.

    Could someone please have a look at this list and suggest which I should buy based on the system summary below...

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    The list is here:
    http://www.pricoinsa.es/aqua/results_tarifa.asp?familia=03%

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    Here's a summary of my system:
    Processor
    Model : AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+
    Speed : 1.53GHz
    Model Number : 1800 (estimated)
    Performance Rating : PR2224 (estimated)
    Type : Standard
    L2 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Synchronous Write-Back (16-way, 64 byte line size)

    Mainboard
    Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
    MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
    MP APIC : Yes
    System BIOS : Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG
    Mainboard : MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6382
    Total Memory : 255MB DDR-SDRAM

    Chipset 1
    Model : VIA Technologies Inc VT8366/A,VT8367 Apollo KT266/A,KT333 CPU to PCI Bridge
    Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)
    Total Memory : 256MB DDR-SDRAM
    Memory Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)

    System Memory Controller
    Location : Mainboard
    Error Correction Capability : None
    Number of Memory Slots : 2
    Maximum Installable Memory : 512MB
    Bank0/1 - A0 : DIMM 256MB
    Bank2/3 - A1 : Empty

    Operating System(s)
    Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP/2002 Home (Win32 x86) 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 1)

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    Cheers,
    kamm...
     
  2. bowmar

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    Information on the
    MSI (Micro Star) MS-6382
    184-pin DIMM Banking: 2 (2 banks of 1)
    AGP Support: 2x and 4x
    Chipset: VIA Apollo KT266A
    DDR SDRAM Frequencies: PC1600 and PC2100
    Error Detection Support: Non-ECC only
    Max Unbuffered DDR SDRAM: 2048MB
    Module Types Supported: Unbuffered only
    Supported DRAM Types: DDR SDRAM only
    USB Support: 1.x Compliant
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    You get this information by going to crucial and selecting MSI (Micro Star), then Motherboards in step 2, then MS-6382 in step 3.
     
  4. kammo

    kammo Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys, I'm still a bit confused...

    Bowmar, you suggest Dimm 256 Mb SDRam 133Mhz (which I guess is the one that says "168" next to it), but when I went to crucial.com they say "184-pin DIMM modules are compatible with your system"...

    So these pins do they matter - how do I check which I have?

    kamm...
     
  5. JSanguancheu

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    You need the 184pin DDR266 ram = PC2100. This is because your current memory is running at 266Mhz data rate. (266 x 8 = ~2100)

    I suggest adding just another 256mb. Getting more would be a waste of money as PC2100 is considered low in performance speed these days and you most likely won't be able to reuse it when you upgrade the motherboard later on.
     
  6. kammo

    kammo Thread Starter

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    I opened the box up and found the RAM in there is 256 MB DDR 266 MHz. The other thing I found is that several of the capacitators are corroding. :( Any advice about what to do about that? Is the motherboard about to die?

    kamm...
     

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    Hmm..never seen that before. Pretty humid in that room where the PC is??
     
  8. Triple6

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    You're probably going to want to replace the motherboard, and possibly the powersupply, before adding any RAM to it. Capacitors that have leaked are not a good sign. Its either because they are faulty or you have power issues.

    Article on capacitor problem:
    http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/resource/feb03/ncap.html
     
  9. kammo

    kammo Thread Starter

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    Interesting article... I googled "corroding capacitators motherboard", but didn't come up with anything as definitive as this...

    My motherboard is from Micro-Star International, which is mentioned in the article...

    So it looks like the cause is probably a faulty electrolyte in the capacitators...

    So my next question is, given the system spec at the beggining of this post, if one had to pick from the list of mobos in the link below, which would you pick?

    http://www.pricoinsa.es/aqua/results_tarifa.asp?familia=01%

    BTW: Placa base or P.B. = Motherboard

    I leave for the city tomorrow - so I might not get to respond to this until I get to a netcafe...

    Hasta later,
    kamm...
     
  10. Triple6

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    Any of the ASUS Socket A boards would do you well and are all good. The more expensive ones are newer and have more features such as Serial ATA hard drive interfaces, Dual Channel RAM support, 6 channel audio, and support for the new 400Mhz FSB AMD CPU's. The best one is the A7N8X-E Deluxe and they have two different prices/descriptions on it.
     
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