Solved RAM compatability with cpu and motherboard

Emachines / Et1331g-05w
August 17, 2013 at 22:08:38
Specs: Windows 7, amd IIx2 250u 1.6ghz/ 4gb RAM
I'm looking to upgrade my computer's RAM. I currently have the following (i'' be upgrading my cpu to the AMD IIX3 460):
original build:http://www.walmart.com/ip/eMachines-750-GB-ET1331G-05w/13352323

cpu i'll be upgrading to: http://www.amazon.com/Athlon-460-AM...

I also have this motherboard: http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Gateway-MCP...


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#1
August 18, 2013 at 04:50:33
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RAM compatibility is dependent only on the motherboard, the CPU is irrelevant.
Go to the Crucial website at www.crucial.com using the PC you wish to upgrade and use their system scanner utility. It will tell you what type of RAM is compatible with it and you can also buy it from them.
They have a full refund policy if it doesn't work.

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#2
August 18, 2013 at 07:29:09
You're posting a hardware question in the gaming section, are you hoping to turn your eMachines into a gamer? Understand that you have an old system based on even older chipset combo. The GeForce 6150SE / nForce 430 was 1st used in late 2004 for socket 754 & 939 CPUs & was later retro-fitted to cheap AM2 boards.

If you already have 4GB RAM, why do you need more? Are you running Win7 64-bit? The RAM should be DDR2-800 but if it's DDR2-667, there's no point replacing it. DDR2 isn't cheap these days (compared to DDR3). Besides, RAM is the least of your worries, you should be investing in a power supply & graphics card. But even if you shell out for a CPU, RAM, power supply, & video card, you're still going to have an "old" system. You need to rethink your plans.


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#3
August 18, 2013 at 10:16:36
I actually didnt include this because Doubt your video card affects what RAM you get, but i slapped the Radeon HD 6670 on there, and a 600w corsair psu. The game im hooked on right now is minecraft, which is a very RAM fat game. I really don't know what DDR# means, lol I'm very new to all this.

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#4
August 18, 2013 at 11:38:19
DDR = Double Data Rate, it's a type of memory (SDRAM) technology. The original was called DDR-SDRAM, it had 184-pins along it's contact edge. As RAM technology improved/changed, a version number was tacked on. DDR2 and DDR3 both have 240-pin counts but have different notch positions along the contact edge so that they can't be interchanged. Here's a pic that shows the differences:

http://site.bixnet.com/images/produ...

Like I said, if you're NOT going to run a 64-bit OS, it's pointless to install more than 4GB RAM. You didn't say whether you have DDR2-667 or DDR2-800. DDR2-800 is prefered but the performance difference between 667 & 800 is minimal & not worth the cost. If you ARE running a 64-bit OS, you can add another 4GB (2 x 2GB) to max out the board's RAM capacity. If you're not sure exactly which RAM you have, try CPU-Z & click on the SPD tab:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...

Here's some RAM possibilities:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And if you're going to upgrade the CPU, be 100% certain the one you buy is compatible.


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#5
August 18, 2013 at 18:37:09
I have DDR2-600 2GB, I took a picture of the inside when installing the psu

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#6
August 18, 2013 at 18:46:45
i dont want to get into this topic but after research I believe my motherboard can handle the 95W cpu

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/3...


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#7
August 19, 2013 at 10:19:00
"I have DDR2-600 2GB"

There is no DDR2-600, did you mean 800? And I thought you had 4GB, so do you have 2 x 2GB?

"i dont want to get into this topic but after research I believe my motherboard can handle the 95W cpu"

HP Gateway/eMachines says 89W max but some people are reporting otherwise. Take your chances.

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#8
August 19, 2013 at 12:51:16
I can't seem to upload the pic to show you the picture but it says DDR2 600...Yea I have two slots taken

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#9
August 19, 2013 at 12:59:03
Thanks for the help though. I really had no clue what I was doing lol

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#10
August 19, 2013 at 13:45:57
Like I said, there is no DDR2-600. Did you try CPUZ like I suggested in response #4?

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#11
August 19, 2013 at 15:46:56
No I really don't like downloading random internet programs. But on crucial.com there is a page with ram that would work with my pc, which was the one you suggested

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#12
August 19, 2013 at 20:00:03
CPUZ is a reputable program that's been available for free for over 10 years. It's very useful in identifying the CPU, RAM & motherboard, plus their settings & what they're capable of. CPUZ doesn't even have to be installed, it can be run from a folder or flash drive. Here's a screenshot of the SPD tab identifying DDR2-800 RAM (aka PC2-6400) & the 3 SPD/JEDEC settings that are programmed into the memory's EEPROM:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/InFW9.png


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