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Can installing too much RAM make your system unstable in an older PC?


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#1 Just_One_Question

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 08:15 AM

Would installing 4GB of RAM on a PC which has a 1.6Ghz single-core AMD processor and a 128MB video card make it unbalanced and thus problematic? Or would 2GB of RAM fit the computer and its components more nicely than 4GB? In short: 2GB or 4GB of RAM for an old computer - which would be more stable and balanced?

P.S. I've checked the motherboard and it states that it would allow a maximum of 4GB of RAM (2GB per each slot on the MB max) and also my 32-bit Windows XP Service Pack 3 says it'd recognize 4GB of RAM at most, so this is why I am wondering whether I should upgrade from 512MB of RAM to 2GB of RAM or to 4GB of RAM. I would be greatly appreciative of any helpful answer, since I am not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to computers & such.​


Edited by hamluis, 01 October 2016 - 09:35 AM.
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Posted 01 October 2016 - 09:09 AM

Either choice...2GB or 4GB would be a large improvement. If as you say both motherboard and OS can handle the increase....go for it. The info you saw

telling you a 32 bit system will accept 4 GB is wrong. But installing four GB will be recognized as 3 to 3.5 GB.

 

There is no reason I know of that doing the above would cause some instability.


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 03:51 PM

Either choice...2GB or 4GB would be a large improvement. If as you say both motherboard and OS can handle the increase....go for it. The info you saw

telling you a 32 bit system will accept 4 GB is wrong. But installing four GB will be recognized as 3 to 3.5 GB.

 

There is no reason I know of that doing the above would cause some instability.

 

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 06:14 PM

You're welcome....happy surfin'


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