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How to find the new Memory module you need

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#1 rowal5555


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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:29 PM

Most computer users know that the quickest and easiest way to increase performance is to install more RAM, but what RAM do you need? There are many types out there and you need compatible modules or they simply will not work.

To find out which you need and the maximum that your Motherboard will handle go to Crucial.com

Go to System Scanner
Check the box to agree to Terms and Conditions and Download the scanner. Save or Run 'CrucialScan.exe'
When the scan is complete, a browser window will open with the info you need. eg

[[ Memory:
Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Slots: 2
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500 with a maximum of 4GB per slot.]]

You should also get a Guaranteed-Compatible Upgrade suggestion for your MB if you purchase from Crucial, but with the above info you can buy from anywhere with the reasonable assumption that it will work.

Prices vary but it is recommended that you get "NAME" brands even if it costs a little more, and if possible use matched pairs.

If you are going to install the RAM yourself, remember that static electricity will kill an electronic component instantly, so be sure to earth yourself to a metal part of your computer frame and never touch the contacts on the module.

Happy hunting.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:19 AM

Good recommendation. Can't remember ever buying from anywhere else.
Competitive prices, quick service, the scanner is a great tool and you get clear information on the options.

It had a bit of trouble with a relative's 10 year old Evesham Micro (Asus Mobo, AMD processor) and advised
caution on its suggestions. Pulled the chips out and read the manual on that one.

If you want an independent rundown of the slots and currently installed memory, (and so much more),
the free Belarc Advisor is a useful program.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 03:23 PM

CPUZ is pretty good as well, CPUID is the maker of the program and it will tell you
"just the facts mam" with out trying to clutter up the rest. ram by the slot, power, rating processor speed etc
I like Belarc as well, but hey more is better
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:02 AM

Been seeing this link/website in a few posts here and wondered about it's safety, as I always get a bit skittish when having to 'Save/Run' apps from a website I'm not familiar with, so thanks for the post and the information.

I think it was killer525 (from Australia?) who first mentioned it, so now I think I'll surf over this weekend and see if a little bit of RAM will make my e-machine even better! :lol:

I'll give you all an update when I get everything up and running.

Oh, and thanks for reminding noobs like me to keep ourselves grounded when putzing around inside our machine and/or with certain components. << pretty darn crucial.



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