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RAM Upgrade Question

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#1 Unfortunato


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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:26 PM

Hi all,

I'm just looking for bit of advice on a RAM upgrade. I've been quite happily running XP for a few years with 1Gb of RAM, and was quite happy with it. I've recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a second drive, and while it's not exactly running slowly, I feel sure that I can detect just the slightest dip in performance when I compare it to XP, which I still run on the same machine. It's nothing awful: just the likes of browser windows, folders and applications opening that little bit slower - they just don't seem quite as 'instant' as they do in XP.

So, should I go for another 1Gb to double, or another 2Gb to treble my memory... and how big a difference should I notice? And if so, I'm sure I've read that installing say 1 x 2Gb stick can be slightly inferior (or superior?) to 2 x 1Gb sticks? And if so is this dependent on whether the dual channel memory is an option? As you can see, I'm really not too clued up on this! :thumbsup:

The machine is a Dell GX280, with Pentium 4 3.0GHz processor, and the following applies to my machine (from Dell site):

4 DIMM slots; Non-ECC dual channel shared DDR2 SDRAM system memory (400Mhz)) up to 4Gb

Any advice would be appreciated.

Edited by Unfortunato, 01 November 2010 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:39 PM

Crucial has 2 gigs kits for about $44.
Thats pretty cheap and will make a big difference with Windows 7
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