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#1 Paul Eamonn

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 03:49 AM

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Can someone please tell me if I can take the RAM out of Computer 1 and put it into the two spare slots in Computer 2?

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 03:14 PM

Yes, you can...but I would not run the module in your first lot on #1. It's slower than all the other modules and will reduce the speed of the RAM. Look at the stated frequencies for each.

http://www.satech.com/hys64d32000gu-7-b.html

That module is PC2100, while all others are PC3200...with PC3200 being the faster.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 03:26 AM

Hi Louis - many thanks for your reply.

I can see what you're saying about the frequencies and, inspite of there being an extra 256mb, the fact that the frequency is lower will make it all run slower?

This memory stuff is confusing!

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Edited by Paul Eamonn, 02 November 2010 - 03:31 AM.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:17 AM

So would this one be Ok to put into Computer 2 instead of the PC2300 one?

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And then would a couple of these fit into Computer 1?

More RAM

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Edited by Paul Eamonn, 02 November 2010 - 12:19 PM.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:09 PM

The combined RAM modules in any system, assuming that they are compatible modules...will always run at the speed of the slowest module installed.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:19 PM

Thanks for that Louis. So, looking again at the output for Computer 1, it is actually running at 256/PC2300 as opposed to a combined speed of (256/PC2300+512/PC3200)/2 - if you see what I mean!

So it would likely run a lot faster with just one of the 1GB sticks in it. Am I right?

Can you give me an opinion on my other post regarding compatibility please (post #4). The two 1GB sticks are ending soon. I've already bought the 512mb stick. I do hope it will be Ok.

Many thanks.

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Edited by Paul Eamonn, 02 November 2010 - 01:30 PM.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 04:49 PM

Well...I cannot give an opinion on anything bought on eBay...since I do not suggest that to anyone.

I believe in buying RAM from a reputable seller with warranty provisions that I can count on...I have never had that feeling for items sold/advertised on eBay.

Some of those modules sold on eBay are refurbished...which means that someone already had a problem with them.

Others here have experience with that and their opinions would be much better than mine.

The one other thing that one has to consider when dealing with PC3200...is the fact that the low-density/high-density modules may come into play on a given system.

What is the Difference Between Low Density and High Density vs Low Density - http://www.overclock.net/faqs/113885-info-what-difference-between-low-density.html

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:36 AM

Hi Louis - many thanks for your reply and the link. I read it with interest. I had actually seen something about this high density/low density issue somewhere else. It's good to know exactly what it all means now.

Not with standing the density thing and the fact that I've bought them off of ebay (ostensibly from reputable sellers with a returns policy and high ratings), is it reasonable to say that these models 'should' work together quite happily in a Dell Dimension pc?

Kingston DDR - 400 MHz RAM PC memory pc3200 1GB 400MHz KTM-M50/1G

Kingston DDR - 400 MHz PC3200 1GB KTD8300/1G

Once again, many thanks for all the help you've given me.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:36 AM

No.

Any RAM...with any motherboard/system...is always a gamble, pure and simple.

That's one reason why many of us stick to trusted hardware vendors for our components...if they don't work, the facility for returning or replacing exists.

As for Dell systems...you need to read what they have to say about replacement RAM for their systems, available at their website.

Louis




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