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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:33 PM

When upgrading the amount of RAM in my system should i use all RAM slots, or the most RAM in the fewest slots?

I want to upgrade to 4GB (the max my system can hold).

Should buy (4) 1GB Modules, or (2) 2GB modules?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:59 PM

If the max your unit can use is 4GB you need to go to the manufacturers website & see if there are any limitations as to the size of the sticks you can use.
If you can use 4GB & have 4 slots you may have a problem wit 2GB sticks.
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:30 PM

I have a Delll Insprion 530s (Desktop) and a Dell Insprion 1520 (laptop)

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 08:59 AM

Go to the Dell web site>Support & downloads
Download the manuals & check the section[s] on memory for the proper information.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:33 PM

From what i have found, my systems can each hold 4 (1GB) modules, for 4GB total.

Also, is there a real speed difference with 667mhz vs the 800 mgz? I am currently running 667.

Crucial.com says the prices for both speeds are the same. If there is, then i am going to buy 4GB of the 800mhz.

If i recall, when mixing speeds the system runs at the lowest speed installed.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:21 PM

again, you need to see if your computer will support 800 mhz ram. I use it and I love it, but if your computer is only compatible with 667, then thats all thats going to be used. however, the plus with this is, usually ddr2 800is backwards compatible with ddr2 667 as far as speeds concerned. If you throw 800 sticks in there, they will work, they just wont run at 800 they will run at 667 instead. just something to keep in mind.

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