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#1 tpm

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:08 AM

Hello again
I had a 2 yr old Gateway FX530 computer, just installed Windows 7 not more then 2 weeks ago. I was having trouble with both of the optical drives as they would not want to open. Gateway sent out 2 new drives but they didn't match. One was correct and the other didn't fit. Long story short Gateway offered to send out a new updated computer. They did try to send out a low end computer at first but I insisted it be another FX. I received a brand new FX6710 which had everything except the TV tuner card which I took off the old unit (OK'd by them). This computer came with 6 gig of ram but can take 8 gigs. My question is should I buy the extra ram?? I will need to get 2 sticks of 2 gig as the computer has 2gigs X 2 plus 2 single 1gig sticks. I figure it would cost about 90 to 100.00 to upgrade. Will I see a difference in performance? If you think I should can you please tell me which type need to buy

Ps. It came with 64bit Vista but I already put window 7 back in. Now I know why Window 7 was sent with both 32 and 64 bit discs
I had taken a 4 yr in home service contract which paid for itself :huh:

Thanks for the help
Tom

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 07:41 PM

you have plenty of ram don't waste your money

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:09 AM

I tend to agree that 6 gigs of RAM should be plenty, UNLESS...You are using quite a few applications or extreme games that use up tons of RAM...The 64 bit flavors will support (I believe 8gigs or more)...Will this improve performance? Possibly... it won't hurt your system providing that you install matching sticks. Will it be worth the added expense? Again, that will depend on how you use your computer...For just e-mail, normal surfing and the like you should be just fine with what you have....But if you are an extreme gamer or you are using several RAM hungry applications it may help you to max out your RAM...

Edited by OldGrumpyBastard, 06 December 2009 - 10:15 AM.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:56 AM

As I said I got this new computer free as far as I'm concerned so I wouldn't mind spending a little to improve it. I know it takes DDR2 800 PC2 6400 but I don't know if they are all equal. I will need 2 2gig sticks to replace 2 1gig sticks

Thanks for replying
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:38 PM

I would do a search for the RAM modules that you need...Most sellers will analize your system and recommend what your need to fill your available slots with the proper RAM modules for your system...Takes a lot of the guesswork out of it....

Edited by OldGrumpyBastard, 06 December 2009 - 01:38 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:22 PM

OK thanks
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:47 AM

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