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Posted 04 June 2006 - 01:27 PM
Posted 04 June 2006 - 05:15 PM
Cheap, generic memory is a bad idea. When a good manufacturer like Kingston make memory they put every piece through a rigorous testing phase and throw out every module that might not work. Other, less honest companies then take these memory modules that have failed Kingstons QA, and tests them again and then sell all but the seriously defective. That is why they can be so much cheaper, they're technically selling other peoples trash.
1. Ive heard that generic memory is definitely a bad idea... is this true? if so, what are some "must have" brands... if i have a Dell computer, is it better to get Dell memory?
No, but if your computer supports dual channel mode the you should pair the memory up in identical pairs for better performance.
2. does my memory have to be equalized? e.g. 512 and 512, or can i just upgrade one side, e.g. 512MB and 1GB? can i upgrade just one side? (i have two memory slots)
Generally yes, although it sometimes happen that two different brands refuse to work together, so it isn't completely without risk.
3. can i buy memory from two different brands and mix and match?
Far from it, There are doezens of different and incompatible standards. And even it you have the right type of memory your motherboard might not work with it so what you need to do is make sure you get, not only right type and brand, but a specific model that works with your computer. Kingston and other memory manufacturers have memory configurators on their homepages that will help you find compatible memory for you computer.
4. is all memory compatible with each other? are there different kinds? if not, where can i find out what kind of memory i need specifically for my computer (e.g. how many pins, what size, etc)
I haven't used eBay so I'll leave this question to other members with more experience in that area.
5. is used memory (off of ebay) a good idea, or is it better to buy it new from a store?
Posted 04 June 2006 - 05:52 PM
p.s. any other relevant memory tips you want to add would be welcomed!
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