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#1 darkestside

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 11:58 PM

I plan on upgrading from 256mb of ram on my friends Dell to 768mb of ram. I am wondering if any Kingston or Crucial memory will work in it?

I know that it supports up to 2GB of PC3200, but I am thinking of just going with PC2100 to match whats in it right now. I tried putting two 256mb PC3200 Samsung ram but I did not notice that it was ECC memory so it didn't work. I am hoping that I'll be able to persuade some computer tech store to take these two sticks and trade it for a single 512 of PC2100 or heck maybe I'll get lucky and get some PC3200.

Hoping to get this figured out before soon cause my friends gonna be getting DSL here soon and her computer doesn't currently have a firewall but is running Antivir Personal. I for sure wanna get a firewall thrown onto the PC when she gets DSL but her computer runs pretty slow with only 256mb of ram and running AOL software so need more ram soon.
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 12:16 AM

Here's what I found at NewEgg:

Kingston DDR 266 (PC 2100)
Kingston DDR 400 (PC 3200)

Crucial DDR 400 (PC 3200)
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 04:23 AM

One thing that you may want to keep in mind is that if you mix speeds like PC2100 and PC3200 the speed will always lower to the slower module. In this case the PC3200 will underclock to the PC2100.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 06:19 PM

Thank you tg1911 for the links.

I do know that's going to happen dc3 so I will probably just go with PC2100.
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 09:01 PM

You're welcome, darkestside.

I was checking the Kingston prices, and it looks like the PC 3200 is a little cheaper, than the PC 2100. :thumbsup:
Don't know what your willing to spend, or if the computer supports dual channel mode, but for 1GB (2x512) of dual channel PC 3200 , this looks like a pretty good deal, especially with the free shipping :huh:.
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