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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:58 AM

Hi,

Just that question in the title. I would like to upgrade my PC's RAM from 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM to see if it will help with it's speed of operation.

My PC is a 4 year old custom built PC with two 256 RAM cards (total 512 RAM) in it right now.

I checked Windows Help and Support Centers "My Computer Information - Hardware" and it doesn't list the Mother Board that I know of and it only lists the amount of RAM but not the manufacturer of the RAM.

So, what do I need to know for sure in order to upgrade my RAM. Also, please let me know of where you might recommend purchasing the RAM from for this upgrade, i.e., like TigerDirect.com, etc. Again, I would like to increase my RAM to 1 GB. Thanks.

John :thumbsup:

Edited by Johnz414, 13 September 2007 - 01:02 AM.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:48 AM

SIW will give you the manufacturer of the motherboard.
With that, you can go to the manufacturer's site, and see what type of RAM you will need.
I recommend buying Lifetime guaranteed RAM, manufactured by Crucial, Kingston, or Corsair.
Whatever you do, don't buy "cheap" RAM.
This is one area where it's definitely, "You get, what you pay for".
I believe newegg.com handles all three brands.

This tutorial should be helpful:
Understanding, Identifying and Upgrading the RAM in your PC
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:21 PM

Hi,

I've found out that my mother board is a MSI (MicroStar) MS-6545 (850 Pro 5) (BIOS Version: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG) with a Intel® Celeron® CPU 2.00GHz (version x86, Family 15, stepping 9, Speed 1992 MHz).

The RAM that I have in my PC are 2 Kingston KTH - ZVL600 256 MB RAM chips.

When checking out Kingston they do not manufacture this type of RAM any more making it out dated. They did how ever say that I need "rhombus" (sp?) RAM memory for the mother board that I have.

I've come across basically identical chips for auction on eBay the only difference being that instead of ZVL"600" they have VL"800", everything else is the same.

Can I use the VL "800" instead of the VL "600", replacing the 2 VL600s with 2 VL800s and adding 2 more VL800 chips to give me a total of 1 GB RAM? Would that work?

The general question being what is "rhombus" (sp?) memory and where can I find what I need?

Thanks.

John

PS Also, Keith the person that I purchased my PC from suggested that I check out "Task Manager" for the CPU and the PF Usage outputs.

With my PC loaded with all the programs that I think of as basic which is about half of a 40 GB hard disk I find that the PF Usage output was generally hovering around 800 MB apparently warranting an increase in RAM memory. However, I found that my CPU would spike and sustain a peak at about a 100% more often then not causing Keith to suggest that I could use some more CPU?

What do I need to know about CPU to increase it? What is CPU for starters?

Edited by Johnz414, 06 October 2007 - 06:34 PM.

John

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