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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 02:55 PM

Hi,

I'm trying to upgrade my RAM and would like to find out what and if different chips are Interchangeable, mine being Rhombus.

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 giving me a total of 512 MBs of RAM.

When checking out Kingston they do not manufacture this type of RAM any more making it out dated and hard to come by. 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, is memory interchangeable 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?
John

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:06 PM

Here's a link to a brief description of the memory requirements for your motherboard: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...%29&cat=RAM

From this page ( http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=pr...incat_no=1#menu ) it looks like you're limited to the 400 mHz FSB speed - so this is the fastest CPU you can get: 2.8 gHz Pentium 4 (Northwood, FSB400, L2 Cache 512KB)

CPU stands for Central Processing Unit and it's the actual "computer" in your system (the part that does the actual computing). Here's the wikipedia link for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_processing_unit
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