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should i add more ram, or is it time for a new computer?


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#1 jayk2k3

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:09 PM

I just did a fresh os install recoving from a bad virus. I just upgraded from xp to vista, i have a dell 8400, pentium 4ht 3.4 with 1g of memeory. compture is running a little slow. I tying to decide should i add some more memory or is it time for a new computer? I mainly use the computer for surfing the web, with mulitple IE windows open

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 10:16 PM

Throw another gig of RAM at it. Vista with one gig of RAM can be painful.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:09 PM

Your specs sound pretty good with the exception of the 1gb of RAM. If your running Home Premium, 1GB will be so slow it won't be funny. I would suggest upgrading to 2GB as dpunisher mentioned before, it will run much, much smoother.
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:10 AM

Yep, I run Vista ultimate on an old single core pentium 4 Acer pc, 1 1/2 gigs of ram, it's not super fast but works. I'll upgrade to 2 gigs soon. Also, a better graphic's card may be needed, pci only, older computers don't support pci-e graphics cards.
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:18 AM

Yep, I run Vista ultimate on an old single core pentium 4 Acer pc, 1 1/2 gigs of ram, it's not super fast but works. I'll upgrade to 2 gigs soon. Also, a better graphic's card may be needed, pci only, older computers don't support pci-e graphics cards.

Older computers supports AGP usually.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:22 PM


Yep, I run Vista ultimate on an old single core pentium 4 Acer pc, 1 1/2 gigs of ram, it's not super fast but works. I'll upgrade to 2 gigs soon. Also, a better graphic's card may be needed, pci only, older computers don't support pci-e graphics cards.

Older computers supports AGP usually.


That computer has one PCI-E x16.

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-dimension-8400-pentium/4507-3118_7-30919189.html

# Expansion Slots Total (Free)
3.0 ( 0.0 ) x PCI - LGA775 Socket,
1.0 ( 1.0 ) x PCI Express x1 - DIMM 240-pin,
1.0 ( 2.0 ) x Processor,
1.0 ( 0.0 ) x PCI Express x16,
4.0 ( 2.0 ) x Memory

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#7 jayk2k3

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 02:53 PM

I have the NVIDIA GEFORCE 6800 is that a PCI-E x16 card? Does it make sense to keep this computer and put a 1 or 2g of memory more in and maybe a new vga card in? would you recommend getting new memory with a faster memory speed and remove the old ones, or just add?

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:35 PM

It is a $30 difference between a pair of 512meg and a pair of 1gig sticks of DDR ($70 vs $40). Any investment in this RAM is money thrown away as it cannot be carried over to a new build/system. You need to make sure you have some free memory slots available though.

It does make sense to spend a bit on a new videocard if you are gaming. Unlike the memory, a new PCI-E videocard can be carried forward to a newer system, but if you are not gaming, then a videocard upgrade would be a bit pointless.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:04 PM

Is this the right memory? http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0289511 Should I just add 1g or get 2g and remove the old memory due to the speed of the memory of 400 vs 800?

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 12:39 AM

Looks correct. (I priced DDR, not DDR2 before, my bad)

Your motherboard will likely downclock that memory to 400 anyway. If it were me, I would grab 2 sticks and call it a day.

Here is some cheaper, name brand stuff- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148163 free shipping I think.

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