PDA

View Full Version : RAM recommendation


Rukdafaidas
04-09-2006, 08:35 AM
I know just enough about computers to be dangerous.
I do know that I need more RAM, though. I've got way too many programs running for the 250MB of RAM that I currently have installed. I've read in the past that you should use the same kind of RAM when upgrading.
I currently have:
Samsung 256 MB DDR 333MHz RAM 1 module, upgradable to 2GB.

I'm getting ready to head to the local Best Buy and thought I would ask the board for recommendations, tips, etc..

StcChief
04-09-2006, 08:45 AM
Go up to a 1 GB to run XP and other apps concurrently

Gaming /Database maybe 2GB.

The video card with memory on it really helps gamers. by offloading stuff from main memory.

I'm running 512mb and GForce video with 256mb

Rukdafaidas
04-09-2006, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the help.
I've got a GeForce 4 card with 128MB DDR SDRAM (can you tell I'm reading off the spec sheet).
Do I need to try and find Samsung memory or will any brand work, as long as it's DDR?

KC_John
04-09-2006, 08:59 AM
Thanks for the help.
I've got a GeForce 4 card with 128MB DDR SDRAM (can you tell I'm reading off the spec sheet).
Do I need to try and find Samsung memory or will any brand work, as long as it's DDR?

You dont have to use the exact same brand as long as the specs are similar...DDR ect.

Rukdafaidas
04-09-2006, 09:01 AM
You dont have to use the exact same brand as long as the specs are similar...DDR ect.
Are there any brands you would stay away from or are they all pretty much equal?

SLAG
04-09-2006, 09:33 AM
Are there any brands you would stay away from or are they all pretty much equal?


usally with ram if something is too good to be true (price wise) it usally is, I sometimes throwdown the extra $$ for quality RAM.

Checkout www.tigerdirect.com the Kingston ValueRAM was a good quality and value buy

Mr. Laz
04-09-2006, 10:03 AM
the prices for ram have dropped...

i would lose the stick of 256 and just go buy you a decent gig worth.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80098-21

Corsair VS1GBKIT400 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 CAS2.5 Value Select Memory Retail ***Free Shipping***
Lifetime Warranty
Our Price: $72.50

ZipZoomFly Part#: 80098-21
In Stock:
Manufacturer: CORSAIR
Manufacturer SKU: VS1GBKIT400

Quantity Limit 20 Per customer

Features and Benefits Back to Top

Retail
2x 512MB, DDR400, 64Mx64, Non-ECC, 184 DIMM, unbuffered, CAS2.5, 32Mx8 DRAMs
Industry standard PC3200 DIMM Format
100 Percent Tested
Industry-Standard Design
Qualified by Corsair for use in desktop applications
Low-Cost, High Quality SDRAMs
Industry Standard Configurations
Pin-compatible with all PC3200 modules
Specifications subject to change without notice

KC_John
04-09-2006, 11:41 AM
https://www.memorytek.com/index.php
is where i bought a 1 G stick for about 55$ or so, took 5 days to arrive I think. Very fast delivery.

Simplex3
04-09-2006, 02:23 PM
zipzoomfly and newegg are generally the cheapest. Just buy DDR 333MHz, my guess is that's the fastest RAM your PC can use properly anyway. Get a pair of 512's or a pair of 256's. You can probably even leave the existing 256 in there and you'd be just fine. 768MB RAM is just fine for 98% of Windows users.

Here's the big kicker when buying RAM: make sure it has a lifetime warranty, then make sure the company has been in business a long time and will still be there. Corsair is a good company, I have lots of their RAM. Their customer service is EXCELLENT. They'll swap out just about anything if they think it even MIGHT be defective. Mushkin was another great company to deal with but their stuff is pretty high end and you do pay for it.

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-09-2006, 02:44 PM
Corsair and Kingston are generally good standards to go by when you are getting RAM. BB usually has a weekly special on one type of RAM, last week it was DDR 400 1Gig of PNy for 89 bucks.