Upgrading RAM

  blocker11 13:21 04 Sep 09

I currently have 2 x 256MB DDR PC2100, and feel it's about time to upgrade to something newer.

I've used a website which has recommended 2 x 1 GB DDR PC2700.

How do i know if the recommended RAM is compatible?

Where's the best place to get RAM from?

Sorry but my knowledge is limit.

  GaT7 13:31 04 Sep 09

What's your motherboard make & model number. Run SIW click here (standalone) to check. Look under Hardware > Motherboard.

Run Crucial's scanner too click here.

Once to return with the above info, we'll tell you where to get RAM from. G

  blocker11 13:33 04 Sep 09

Thanks, i shall do the above when i get home and post as soon as possible.

  blocker11 12:27 07 Sep 09

Motherboard Detail -

Model MS-6738

Crucial Scanner Results -

# Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
# Currently Installed Memory: 512MB
# Available Memory Slots: 0
# Total Memory Slots: 2
# Dual Channel Support: No
# CPU Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD
# CPU Family: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+ Model 8, Stepping 0
# CPU Speed: 1666 MHz

Hope this is all the right information.


  GaT7 17:21 07 Sep 09

Well, it does look like 2x1Gb PC2700 will be the best you could go for.

How much was that site offering their RAM for? Crucial will cost you ~£60 click here, which is a bit much.

£46 for equivalent RAM off Play click here. G

  GaT7 17:23 07 Sep 09

Branded Corsair RAM will cost you £48 from 7dayshop click here, & is recommended over Play's 'generic' stuff. G

  DieSse 17:36 07 Sep 09

The motherboard manual says that your motherboard will support 2 x DDR RAM modules up to PC2700.

This is the Crucial UK page showing compatible RAM for your motherboard.

Personally I would disregard their recommendation for PC3200 RAM, and stick with what the manual says is the maximum PC2700 (same price, shown in the lower section.)

Crucial are a good place to buy from - (It's a Micron company) - other good makes are Kingston, Hynix, Infineon, Corsair, OCX, Samsung. Don't buy unbranded or strage brands you've not heard of - they won't be Grade1, and in the long run it doesn't pay. Crucial will give you a good guarantee of working - so will some other sources.

  GaT7 17:47 07 Sep 09

"Personally I would disregard their recommendation for PC3200 RAM, and stick with what the manual says is the maximum PC2700 (same price, shown in the lower section.)" - I would agree, as I've had experience of PC3200 RAM not working in a DDR motherboard, while in theory there shouldn't be any problem really.

blocker11, the Corsair RAM I linked to earlier will be a good choice. If that's a bit too expensive for you, get a single 1Gb module (leaving a slot free for the future) or 2x512Mb modules click here for £24. G

  DieSse 17:57 07 Sep 09

Apologies for lack of link

click here

Which is the same route as Crossbows anyway.

It took me a bit longer to look it up!

The Corsair price looks good - personally I wouldn't touch the unbranded RAM from Play - and even though it's a bit dearer, you might get a tad better peace of mind buying from Crucial.

  GaT7 18:00 07 Sep 09

I've purchased from both those retailers in the past & they've been excellent. G

  blocker11 18:28 07 Sep 09

Thanks for all the responses.

1 further question, How much difference will i see in the running of my machine? (Will it run faster or just allow to run more programs)

Thanks Again

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