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How much memory do I REALLY need?


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#1 computergeek522

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 07:53 PM

Okay, this may be a stupid question ---- or maybe it's just one that can't really be answered objectively. But I'm going to ask it anyway, just because I'm here and I can.

I just posted a question about installing extra RAM, and after doing some reading up, I think I can install it myself. It doesn't seem to be that hard of a task.

What I'm wondering now is, how much extra RAM should I get? I'm currently running with 256 MB, nd my computer at times slows to a crawl. When I'm online (and I'm just about always online), I'm usually running a bunch of programs at once (i.e., MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Outlook Express), all while surfing the Net *and*, more often than not, backing up a CD or DVD.

I called my computer guy the other day (the same company I bought my computer from), and he told me that I could get 256 MB of RAM for $59.95, or 512 MB for $79.95.

I'm leaning towards the higher amount of RAM simply because I figure that, for 20 bucks extra, I'm getting twice the RAM and as the technician told me, "When you're running XP with a DVD burner, the more RAM the better."

Any suggestions?

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:56 PM

Computergeek: I'd check my motherboard specs to find out how much RAM it will support. If it supports 768 mgs, I'd go with another 512 stick, since it's only another $20?
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 09:44 PM

SM2C:

Went to the Crucial website and did a scan on my system to find the specs. This is what I came up with:

Computer Manufacturer: VIA Technologies
CPU Manufacturer: Authentic AMD
CPU Family: AMD Athlon processor
CPU Speed: 1002 MHz
Front-Side Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Currently Installed Memory: 256 MB
Maximum Memory Capacity: 1536 MB
Total # of Memory Slots: 3
Available Memory Slots: 2

The info in bold --- is this what I should be looking at in order to determine how much RAM my machine can handle? If so, I think I'll be safe adding an additional 512 MB.....But of course I've got no idea whether that's the right information to be looking at, so any advice would be appreciated!

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:28 PM

According to that, you can add another 1280MB of RAM, for a total of 1536 MB.
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#5 computergeek522

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 11:21 PM

Sweet fancy Moses !!!

I think I might stick with adding another 512 MB of RAM, for a total of 768 MB. For now, anyway. :thumbsup:)

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 01:52 PM

Dear Computer,

Be careful when adding memory. Really you should have the same memory in each slot. Example: 256 with 256, 512 with 512, and so on. With your mother board you can go with three 512MB so it says.

Go to www.corsair.com and click Ram Guy icon. Enter the information that you know and see.

Look for the 512Mb number and copy it down.

Since you are in Canada (I think) you can get close to the price we get.

I recommend these stores: Newegg.com, ZipZoomFly.com, and Chiefvalue.com. Check out the prices for the memory you need.

I just checked Zipzoomfly.com and it has Corsair Value Select memory 2X512 PC2700 333MHz at $89.99.

Give us your exact computer model number or find out your exact mother board number.

I bet we find some awesome memory at a honest price!

Let us know,

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 12:42 PM

hey. i got another 512 megs of ram for $20. What ever you do, dont spend $80 on it. I like tigerdirect.com. they often have very good deals on ram. ram is really cheap right now. i have heard newegg.com is good too. you can speed your system up alot for a little money. get s stick of 512. dont bother just putting in a dinky 256.




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