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#1 doodoog

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

I have an HP 8765c PC. 900MhZ AMD Athlon processor, with 128 Mb RAM, 45 GB memory. Primarily use it to surf the net, Office 2000, Photos, I-Tunes etc. Through research i've learned I can increase to 512 MB RAM, by replacing it with 2 256 cards. My question is , Will this increase the speed and if so will it be noticable?

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:32 AM

An increase from 128MB of RAM to 512MB will definitely make a noticeable difference in performance. This computer uses PC133 which is on the expensive side by comparison to newer RAM, $33.99 per 256MB module at Crucial.

From past experience I've found that the motherboards running on PC100 and PC133 can be picky about the RAM that they like, I would suggest going with a reputable manufacturer that will guarantee that the modules they sell for your computer will be compatible.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:32 PM

I just received the following question from doodoog in a PM...

You telling me that the memory card is a pc133 and $34 (each 256) at crutial. However i've found it at www.edgetechcorp.com for $20 (each 256) but they say it's a pc100. Is this b.s. and not work?


Depending on the motherboard, some PC133 can be backward compatible with PC100 and in some cases is more readily available.

Yes, you will be able to find better prices on modules, but once again I would suggest that you purchase from a reputable manufacturer that will guarantee compatibility.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:36 PM

thanks. Is there any way for me to check my system to determine if I need a pc133 or pc 100 module?

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 01:00 PM

The link to the Crucial site that I provided shows that you computer is compatible with PC133. If you want more information try going to a couple of other sites and use their configuration tools to find out what they suggest. Try Corsair, Kingston, OCZ, ADATA, G.SKILL, mushkin. Any of these companies should have RAM for your computer, and all are reputable. The companies that I listed are just a few of the good manufacturers out there, I'm not suggesting that these are the best.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:28 PM

I would be a little leery of www.edgetechcorp.com
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:15 AM

I agree with Mark, I like Corsair, & OCZ.
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:51 AM

I definitely agree with the suggestion to buy from a supplier who will guarantee compatibility - some HP models can be picky about the memory they will work with. A friend had to try memory from two suppliers to get what his son's Pavilion would accept.

The specification indicates a 100MHz bus speed:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...p;product=60943

so in principle, either PC100 or PC133 should be suitable, but not all motherboards accepted the backwards compatibility offered by PC133.

Judging by your software, seems the OS has been updated from WinME? If it was still ME, it would probably be best to just add one 256M, as ME could need some tweaking to be stable with 512M of memory. Win2000 or XP will certainly benefit.

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