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#1 tommyk90

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 07:53 PM

Hello everyone, first post here.

While I consider myself fairly good with computers, hardware is a whole different story. I am looking to upgrade the memory of my Dell desktop (model: Dimension 4500) to help keep up with the demand that I have been putting on it with numerous programs and internet surfing.

Anyways, I was looking at 1 GB memory modules at newegg.com, and I am not sure what brands and models are compatible with my computer.

Is there anyone here that can help me out? If you need additional info on my computer I'll do what I can to help.

Current stats include:

Intel Pentium 4 processor (2.0 ghz)
Windows XP service pack 2
256 MB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce MX 420 graphics card

Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 08:42 PM

Hi tommyk90! Welcome to BC!

You need pc3200/ddr 400 memory for your computer....HERE'S a link.

Personally, I wouldn't buy it directly from Dell...I'd go to newegg.com instead. Reason being (besides the fact that I love newegg.com) is that it's cheaper than dell.com.

Here's the ram from dell...you'd have to buy 2 sticks of these, which total $165.90 (plus shipping/handling/tax).

Here's the ram from newegg.com...you get 2 sticks (in one package, totaling 1gb) for &94.99 (plus shipping/handling/tax).

You should get 2 sticks of ram, as DDR ram will run faster in pairs.

Please note that your motherboard cannot hold more than 1gb of ram. (your system specs)

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 09:11 PM

Hi tommyk90! Welcome to BC!

You need pc3200/ddr 400 memory for your computer....HERE'S a link.

Personally, I wouldn't buy it directly from Dell...I'd go to newegg.com instead. Reason being (besides the fact that I love newegg.com) is that it's cheaper than dell.com.

Here's the ram from dell...you'd have to buy 2 sticks of these, which total $165.90 (plus shipping/handling/tax).

Here's the ram from newegg.com...you get 2 sticks (in one package, totaling 1gb) for &94.99 (plus shipping/handling/tax).

You should get 2 sticks of ram, as DDR ram will run faster in pairs.

Please note that your motherboard cannot hold more than 1gb of ram. (your system specs)

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:


Thanks a lot!

I had intended on purchasing from newegg.com anyways. :huh: That's where I bought my mp3 player from and I couldn't be happier.

Any specific brand I should look for? The one you linked me to seemed to have a few negative reviews, although it does have 10x more positive reviews than negative. Though I guess any product is going to have that. B) Definitely seems to be the best bang for your buck and has TONS of good reviews. Plus it's the most I can fit on my computer. I've upgraded my computer considerably over the past year, and this should have been one of the first things instead of the last. :huh:

Edited by tommyk90, 11 January 2007 - 09:31 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:27 PM

I've seen problems recently with PNY RAM, but it's not consistent enough to avoid it altogether.

I've also seen problems between generic RAM and major brand RAM - I'd stick with RAM that's made by the same folks that made the RAM in your system.

FYI - the other day we cracked open a Dell at work - and found it had ECC RAM in it! The owner swore that he'd never been inside the case. Go figure! Anyways, the moral is: Read the sticks in the system before purchasing.
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 07:18 AM

I'd try to stay away of the "cheap" (inexpensive) ram. I've seen cheap ram not work at all and die quickly. I've also seen the more expensive ram do the same thing.

The ram that I linked you to is corsair...it's a good brand name. It's got over 1600 reviews, with an average 5 "egg" review. I'd say that's pretty good! :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:42 AM

Crucial lists both PC3200 and PC2700, if you have PC2700 and install PC3200 the PC3200 will only run as fast as the PC2700. If you call Dell with you certificate of authenticity which is on your case they will be able to tell you what RAM was installed in that machine. Failing that you could always open the case and look at the RAM module to see what you have. If it doesn't say specifically what it is on it post the information on it here and someone will be able to find out for you.

One important note, there is always the possibility of damaging the module when you handle it because of electrostatic discharge. You will be opening the case with the computer and all peripheral devices turned off but with the PSU still plugged into the wall, this will provide a ground to the metal case. Before you handle any of the components inside the case simply discharge any static electricity by toughing the case, it's that simple.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 02:59 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone. Hopefully I'll be able to do this upgrade soon. :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 02:04 AM

Many RAM manufacturers have "configurators" that help. I've used Corsair, Mushkin, and Kingston. They all have them. I haven't used Kingston recently because they stopped making my RAM...I now officially dislike Rambus and their RIMMs.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 10:49 AM

Corsair is always a great choice.
If you want 2 512 sticks get Corsair Value Select. I use that in all my friends' computers. I've bought atleast 10 sticks of it.
Rosewill is the only cheap RAM I've ever used. Not recommended.




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