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Question About Upgrading Ram


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#1 edwilson

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:20 PM

I want to upgrade the meager 256MB of memory in my Dell desktop. I scanned my system at this site, which informed me which memory was compatible with my comp. They suggested I add a 512MB stick to my empty slot, along with my existing 256MB one - the price there seems like a good deal and I'd like to have the extra memory, but a friend of mine says this isn't a good idea, that you should not "step up" the memory in this way because it can cause problems with performance. He says he would only advise adding another 256MB, or removing my existing memory and adding two 512MB sticks.

So my question is, is he correct? Would there be an issue with having different sizes in the two slots? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:38 PM

Unless you are doing high end gaming or video editing I doubt you will notice the difference. The performance you will gain going from 256 to 768 will be well worth the price of the up grade. If you have the money to replace both with a pair of 512 that would be sweet.
If you can afford it upgrade the 512. You could always remove the 256 and see if your performance is better with a single 512 chip, verses 768 of mismatch chips.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:46 PM

Your friend is most likely referring to memory running in "dual channel", which basically means that if you have two matching sets of RAM sticks, the system is able to squeeze more bandwidth from the memory, allowing for a faster system.

And while there definitely is a performance boost from running dual channel, it isn't huge. Your first priority should be the upgrade of the RAM. Anything above 256 will give you a distinctly noticeable performance boost. As acklan said, if you can afford a gig, go for it by all means, but not running dual channel isn't going to hurt you any.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:59 PM

From what Crucial is suggesting for a maximum amount of RAM I suspect that you don't have the option of dual channel operation with that motherboard, but if they suggest that you can increase that RAM to 512 per slot you can usually take their advice to the bank. I don't know what your friend was basing their concern on, but in this case I wouldn't worry about adding the recommended RAM.

A increase of 512MB will make a big difference in you performance even if you are only going on line, go for it!

One issue that hasn't been mentioned here is using modules of different speeds, Crucial suggests modules of PC2700 and PC3200, what you should be aware of is that you can mix the two different speeds but the faster module will only run as fast as the slower module.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:40 PM

OK, thanks a bunch everyone for the upgrade advice and info. about dual channel - much appreciated. I went ahead and ordered two of the 512MB PC3200 sticks - the price is reasonable and the increased performance should be worth it.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:46 PM

I would go for 2 512MB sticks (since it would only be $60) and ditch the current RAM as it would give you the better bang for your buck.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 09:48 PM

OK, thanks a bunch everyone for the upgrade advice and info. about dual channel - much appreciated. I went ahead and ordered two of the 512MB PC3200 sticks - the price is reasonable and the increased performance should be worth it.


You're going to love the difference!

Just a note of caution, all it takes is a very small amount of static electricity to kill a RAM module, to ensure that you are safe simply touch the metal portion of the computer case to discharge any static electricity before handling the RAM modules.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 09:53 PM

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:21 AM

Upgraded a Dell from 256 to 1 gB + 256 yesterday (DDR) and the customer was very happy with the improvement. If using DDR2 you may see a performance increase when using Dual Channel mode - but I've never noticed any benefit with just plain DDR.
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