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#1 ltdave


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:36 PM

i just ran a Crucial.com scan on my desktop...

here is what i got for my RAM: Dell Dimension 8200 Series 512MB(400MHz FSB) Desktop/PC

to put in 1.5gb to upgrade my 512mb RAM would cost $525+change. this seems awfully steep. what makes this particular RAM so expensive? i know at one time it was only available from Dell but i guess its in other retailers now...



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#2 ucanfixit


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:58 PM

It's expensive because it's PC800 (non ECC) RDRAM. Here are your specs: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...ecs.htm#1102365

Do a search for PC800 RDRAM; there are better deals to be found.

Edited by ucanfixit, 07 March 2008 - 11:00 PM.

#3 Billy O'Neal

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:03 PM

Your problem is that you have RIMMS, which are no longer mass produced.

RDRAM is very expensive because only one company has the rights to it (Rambus Inc.), and ram makers have to pay tribute.

Few DRAM manufacturers have ever obtained the license to produce RDRAM, and those who did license the technology failed to make enough RIMMs to satisfy PC market demand, causing RIMM to be priced higher than SDRAM DIMMs, even when memory prices skyrocketed during 2002.[13] During RDRAM's decline, DDR continued to advance in speed while, at the same time, it was still cheaper than RDRAM. Meanwhile, A massive price war in the DDR SDRAM allowed DDR SDRAM to be sold at or below production cost. DDR SDRAM makers were losing massive amounts of money, while RDRAM suppliers were making a good profit for every module sold. While it is still produced today, few motherboards support RDRAM. Between 2002-2005, market share of RDRAM had never extended beyond 5%

So, no, that price is not obscene for your ram type.

Here is a Crucial Link for that ram: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...400MHz%20FSB%29

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 10:16 AM

If you decide to fiddle with the memory slots, a word of caution. Any unpopulated slots will have a blank in it. They have to stay there unless the slot is filled with a module
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 02:13 PM

At that price you should just buy a new computer. DDR2 ram cost 25$ for 1gb of 800mhz pc6400.
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