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Which type of RAM chip should I use for my pc?

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  1. MathewSosa

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    My Lenovo H230 desktop is pretty old and it’s hardware has never been upgraded. Everything on the computer works just fine except for the fact that there is no more memory on the RAM chips themselves. As far as what type of RAM the computer has according to “System Information” on the control panel option, the computer runs on a SDRAM. My knowledge of RAM chips extends to knowing how to remove or replace them, but I don’t know which chip to buy.
     
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    The motherboard in the Lenovo H230 desktop has 4 DIMM slots and supports a maximum of 8 GB(2 GB X 4) of RAM.
    It uses 240-pin, DDR3-1066(PC3-8500), 1.5 volt, CL=7, unbuffered, non-ECC modules.

    If that desktop is working and has an internet connection, do the following in it so we can determine what hardware it has:
    Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) file.
    After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
    Information about that desktop will appear.
    Return here, then copy-and-paste its entire text in your reply.

    Just for your information:
    SDRAM modules are used in desktops.
    SODIMM modules are used in laptops and all-in-ones.

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    Thank you so much for your help! You replied so quickly too, I did not expect that; I’m thankful.
     
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    You're welcome.

    If you submit the SysInfo.exe log that I requested, I may be able to help you further.

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    Over the span of a day, I’ve researched what my computer needs and with your help, I’m pretty much an expert on my Lenovo H230 pc, but I’m stuck in one area: Since the capacity of my computer’s memory is only 8gb, is it possible to install only 1 8gb RAM chip and have it work on the computer or is 2gb ram chips per slot the only viable option? I hope that wasn’t too confusing to understand but if it was, what I’m trying to ask is can I install a higher amount of gb into a slot or does it need to be 2gb? I’m asking because yesterday morning, I bought an 8gb pc3-12800 ddr3 ram chip and it fit in a slot, but when I started my computer, it did not recognize the chip. I removed the previous ram chips and only installed the 8gb because the capacity is only 8gb, but it still wouldn’t work.
     
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    The motherboard in your computer has 4 DIMM slots and supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM.
    The capacity of a module multiplied by the number of DIMM slots cannot exceed the maximum supported amount.
    2 GB X 4 = 8 GB

    That's why the 8 GB module you bought and installed will not work.
    If you want 8 GB of RAM in your computer, you need to install 4 - 2 GB modules.

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    Okay, good to know. I’ll update you soon:)
     
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