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RAM

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ThirdBird, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Does anyone have any recommendations of a brand of RAM to buy?

    I only have 1G now, and looking to upgrade. I still have to check how many slots I have, and what my computer can handle.... so I will have to contact Dell.

    Anyone know offhand the max limit for Windows XP Media edition is?

    Last question... I heard that the most a program can use is 2G, is this true?
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    What model computer do you have? It's real easy to look up online.

    The brands that I use are Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill, and have used OCZ.

    You want to have matched pairs. On 32 bit machines I use 2 x 2gig. A quick note. Some XP and Vista 32 fresh installations don't like to see 4 gig. Solution is to load the OS with 2 gig, do all the Windows updates, and then install the second stick.

    On 64 bit machines....what can you afford?!? Skies the limit.
     
  3. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    I recently upgraded the RAM for my Dell Dimension. Forget the model #. I do remember Dell being pretty specific about what kinds it will take.
    I played it safe and got a Dell 2GB card from their site, upping my total to 3GB.
    Although, if I start using any multi-band comps, things can get sketchy.
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    HP wants you to buy their branded ram too. It's not necessary. You do need to know what speed and timing is allowed. If you don't know there are utilities that will tell you such as SiSandra. Alternately, you could go to Crucial.com and use their utility and then once you have the speed go to Newegg and purchase what you need.
     
  5. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Actually, don't buy anything more than 16 exabytes :wink:
     
  6. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Apart from the logistics of having and keeping 16XB of RAM (I mean, the PSU alone would need to be overpowered) I can't imagine anyone ever being able to mix that many samples into the same song, even at 192KHz/32bit floating point.
     
  7. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    That's why I winked.
    1XB is probably going to be pretty tough, let alone sixteen of them.
     
  8. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    thanks guys for the help....

    holy crap ram is cheap nowadays!
     
  9. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=105233070&Configurator=MemoryConfigurator&CFG=CFG003Dimension E310&name=2GB - 4GB

    any opinion on what is the best deal out of the choices?
    this is what newegg recommended.
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    My advice is to get two sticks of 2gig. While it will work with multiple brands we are shooting for the best stability. And as you said, RAM is cheap. This comes from everything working together. My preference in that list would be for one of the G.Skill sets.

    You want 2 x 2GB.
     
  11. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    I would say G.Skill, Cruicial, or Kingston.

    My experiences...
     
  12. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    My brain hurts trying to comprehend a single ExaByte. I mean i see the number on paper yeah, but to comprehend it, wow!

    And always buy the same brand of memory for multiple sticks.
     
  13. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    JackAttack, both sites list that I can only handle 2 gigs, so why get 2x2?

    How much of a difference can I expect upgrading from 1 to 2 gigs?

    Can anyone explain to me the difference between the two G.Skill options on the original link?
     
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    What is you computer age, model and/or service tag? Dell's original spec for many of its pc's was indeed 2 gig before DDR became so cheap. Usually if the BIOS are the latest version it will take three or four just fine. My Inspiron 9400 for instance is spec'd by Dell at 2 gig max. Whatever. It ate up 4 gigs like it was candy.

    As to going from 1 gig to 2 gig, you will notice a performance jump for sure. Everything will be perkier. Like you just gave it one of those little purple pills and watched some guy throw a football through a tire swing.
     
  15. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    double post, sorry
     
  16. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    it is a Dell E310
    service tag: 3834X81


    thanks for the help!
     
  17. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I took a quick spin through your computer specs. I think because of that particular processor and the cost vs performance benefit I would stick to a 2 gig max.

    I have no doubt it would take 4 gig provided you have the A04 bios (you ought to have it anyway. However, that processor is known to have some performance issues that would outweigh any added benefit to RAM past 2 gig.
     
  18. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Would I get that BIOS from Dell?

    thanks again for the help!
     
  19. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Yes.

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=3834X81&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_3100&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=
     
  20. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    What kind of changes can I expect with the new BIOS?

    Is there anything I should worry with upgrading beforehand?

    Werd'em up!
     

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