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256 x 2 better than 256 + 512

July 6, 2005 at 07:35:57
Specs: XP, P4 256

My future mother in law wants to updage her dell deminson 3000's RAM. It came with 256! I went to crucial.com and was told it would be better for me to put two sticks of 256 in than to just add 512 to what was in there. What do you think? Thanks!


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#1
July 6, 2005 at 07:52:09

It depends on what she uses her system for. WinXP will definitely run better with 512MB RAM, but if she's not gonna use the PC for gaming or hardcore data crunching, I don't see where 768MB would make much of a difference.

If the CPU runs at either 533 or 800FSB & the board supports dual channel, you'd be best off installing another 256MB stick (matching the specs of the 1st) & taking advantage of it.

Asus A7N8X-X
1800+ @ 8.5 x 200MHz
768MB PC3200 2.5-3-3-7
Asus A9550GE/TD 128MB
WinME/WinXP Pro


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#2
July 6, 2005 at 08:16:16

She is running XP. I doubt she will ever play a game. She probably just uses the computer for normal everday use for someone who isn't too computer savy. She does burn cd's and DVD's. I looked up her processor at dell.com

"M5264 PROCESSOR, 80546, 2.8, 1M, PENTIUM 4 PRESCOTT DT, 533, D0"


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#3
July 6, 2005 at 08:18:44

The memory it came with
"DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 256, 400M, 32X64, 8K, 184"

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#4
July 6, 2005 at 08:29:45

512MB total should be enough. Since the CPU apparently runs at 533FSB, you should find out if the motherboard supports dual channel mode...if it does, the new 256MB stick should match the specs of the current stick as closely as possible. For example, if the current RAM is PC2700, has 16 chips, & the default timing is 2.5-3-3-7, the new stick should be the same.

Asus A7N8X-X
1800+ @ 8.5 x 200MHz
768MB PC3200 2.5-3-3-7
Asus A9550GE/TD 128MB
WinME/WinXP Pro


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#5
July 6, 2005 at 08:41:26

Thanks!

This model of dells can either support or not support. I can't seem to tell which it is. Dell won't tell me unless I was the original purchaser! I'm not..my mother in law bought it from a neighbor. Is there anyway to tell if it supports dual channel or not?


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#6
July 6, 2005 at 09:21:28

"Dell won't tell me unless I was the original purchaser!"

You should only need the "Service Tag Number" to find out anything you want to know about that machine. That number is on the side or usually on the back.

Skip


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#7
July 6, 2005 at 09:37:24

I used the service number to get the information I quoted above. I don't see anything that tells me if it is the one that supports dual channel or not. Am I missing something?

1 M5264 PROCESSOR, 80546, 2.8, 1M, PENTIUM 4 PRESCOTT DT, 533, D0

1 7N242 KEYBOARD, 104, UNITED STATES, SILITEK, LOW COST, MIDNIGHT GRAY

1 F2854 KIT, MOUSE, PERSONAL SYSTEM 2, 2BTN, WHEEL, PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD

1 J0201 DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 256, 400M, 32X64, 8K, 184

1 C3776 MODEM, V.92, DATA FAX, INTERNAL, PC INTERFACE, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION

1 D8254 DISPLAY, FLAT PANEL DISPLAY, 15, DUAL VOLTAGE, E153FPF, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION, FLAT PANNEL IN BOX

1 2K219 HARD DRIVE, 80G, I, 7.2K, 2MEGB, Maxtor Calypso

1 T7166 KIT, SOFTWARE, WP-PRDCT-STE12, ENGLAND/ENGLISH, V2

1 H8412 KIT, SOFTWARE, OVERPACK, WXPHSP2, COMPACT DISKETTE W/DOCUMENTATION, ENGLAND/ENGLISH

1 G8371 ASSEMBLY, COMPACT DISK DRIVE, 48X, HALF HEIGHT, HITACHI LG DATA STORAGE, CHASSIS 2005, V2

1 D7195 ASSEMBLY, COMPACT DISK READ WRITE, 48X, HALF HEIGHT, HITACHI LG DATA STORAGE, CHASSIS 2005



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#8
July 6, 2005 at 11:24:01

Hi
easy one , give kingston a ring they will help

http://www.kingston.com/

or use their online memory search.

Dell pah! stupid they lose a sale.


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#9
July 6, 2005 at 13:57:47

See if you have the following:
C:\DELL\DOCS\MANUAL
If you do then go to the "Removing and Installing" section and then "Memory".

Good info there.

HTH
Bryan


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