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Upgrading RAM, have a quick question.

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  1. bubbamonkey

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    I am upgrading my RAM. My PC uses DDR SDRAM PC3200. It has 4 slots. Currently 2 slots are taken up by 2x 512. The system said it can have a maximum of 4gbs. I want to upgrade to 3gbs. So to do that I will have to get 2x 1gbs sticks. Correct? If I get a 1gb stick it would only take up one bank right?
    I am thinking about purchasing this RAM. Lemme know what you think.
    http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4742529?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    How about this one?
    http://shop3.outpost.com/product/3954458?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    Thanks
     
  2. prunejuice

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    I think it's a waste of money. But then again, computer manufacturers need R&D money to develop better products, so, yeah, get it...
     
  3. bubbamonkey

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    So you think upgrading from 1gb to 3gbs of RAM for $200 is a waste? Why so? I am definately going to upgrade to 2gbs but I am still debating so I could use your opinions.
     
  4. Rich-M

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    Buying ram for price or speed is a mistake and it probably will not work.
    To match ram you need to go to a site that has a configurator where you put in pc model or motherboard model and achieve a match.
    www.corsair.com www.crucial.com www.corsair.com
     
  5. bubbamonkey

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    Wow, that helps alot. I will most definately be buying my RAM from them. Thank you!
     
  6. Rich-M

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    You can get the model number from their configuarators and still shop for price, just be certain no "look alikes" as ram is the most difficult compononet to update or install correctly, and it will drive you up a wall if it isn't "happy" with it's new environment!
     
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    bubbamonkey I too think 3gbs is overkill. 2gb now, that would work better. Just because a motherboard will accept up to 4gb doesn't mean you really need all of it. I've seen systems baulk when total amount of ram is installed, with people not realizing the max is the problem.
     
  8. bubbamonkey

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    ok so 2gbs it is. Would it be better to get a 1gb stick or 2x 512mbs?
     
  9. Rich-M

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    If you have dual channel ram enabling then buy 2. otherwise it doesn't matter.
     
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