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Buying new PC, question about memory

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#1 QuiteFrustrated


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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:16 PM

Hello everyone,

I am purchasing a new PC very soon.

It will most likely be the HP Touchsmart 600 series. The question I have about memory is that I have been told by the BestBuy geek that DDR3 memory needs to be installed in a set of "3". Like 3, 6, 9 gigs. Otherwise you are not getting anything but DDR2 performance.

He said that a system advertising DDR3 at 4 gigs is basically operating at DDR2 levels.

Is this true?

I like the Touchsmart series as it is an All-In-One machine for me and no clutter (cables, etc..) around. However, it costs $200 to go from 4 gigs DDR3 to 6 gigs DDR3 when configuring it on the HP website. I would have to have it added then as the All-In-One is probably too complex for me to purchase 2 gigs of DDR3 on down the road and add it myself. (I am a klutz.)

Many thanks in advance for your replies.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 07 December 2009 - 05:53 PM

<<Is this true?>>

Uuuuhhh, no.

Try following...the following :blink:: http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2989&p=2

I will say this, but you (and everyone else) should already know it: Best Buy is a retail organization, not a computer repair shop. That's not to condemn the quality of service one might expect...it's just recognizing that what you may think of as someone there to provide service...may, in actuality, be just another salesperson in a computer department.


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Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:14 PM

DDR3 is a memory standard. The amount of memory makes no difference.
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#4 ReviverSoft


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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:43 PM

The HP Touchsmart 600 features 4GB (2GBX2) of 1333Mhz DDR3 memory which should suffice for normal usage and render a good touchscreen experience.

One thing you should know is that identical (speed, capacity) memory sticks or kits are preferred because they can run in the dual-channel mode and offer marginally better performance.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 11 December 2009 - 07:47 PM.

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