2GB RAM INTERNAL or 2GB USB Memory Stick?

Microsoft Windows vista home premium w/s...
May 24, 2010 at 15:38:06
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 gb
Hi
I'm running a Dell Dimension 3100 on Windows Vista but I only have 512MB RAM and the computer is running slow. Fitting 2GB Memory inside the PC costs 5 times as much for the memory as a USB stick. The Windows Vista Help and Support screen tells me I can switch on the USB port to increase and utilise the memory from a USB memory stick / flash. Is this is the best and most inexpensive way to increase my computers RAM?
Thanks
Danny1234

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#1
May 24, 2010 at 16:04:00
No!

A memory stick is nothing resembling system memory (RAM).

A 2 Gb memory stick will hold about 2Gb of files, ebooks, or other odds and ends. It's like a big floppy disk. Nothing more.

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#2
May 24, 2010 at 17:48:36

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#3
May 29, 2010 at 04:44:16
hi
ok. thanks both for the information.
danny1234

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#4
May 30, 2010 at 16:17:32
hi
last question on this topic.
if i buy DDR2 (2GB RAM) and stick in the 2 slots on the dell dimension 3100, will this enable me to multi-task fast? i.e. have about 5 webpages open at the same time as well as running msn, ebay, email simultaneously without there being a 5 second pause when i minimise the window?
thanks
Danny1234

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#5
May 30, 2010 at 16:28:00
Yeah Danny, if you now have 512Mb and install 2Gb the difference will be like night turning into day.

Insure you buy the correct memory. Crucial's memory configurator is pretty reliable when you're shopping.

http://www.crucial.com/

"Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot."

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#6
May 30, 2010 at 17:25:09
great SkipCox
well it's on ebay.co.uk DDR2 at £24.99
i was thinking of getting 1 GB first and another 1GB in a weeks time but i did read they recommend installing the full 2GB. i am "a multi-tasker" and i do type around 120 words per minute - so circumstances has lead to me to where i am now with this damn slow 3100. Always look on the bright side of life, they say? well i just hope in 2015, the worlds pc's and forums will have less problems to deal with if the people who invented them and the codes in the 60's, 70's and 80's had done a bit more forward-thinking. that's how i work. I will try to follow up the uk ebay link to the DDR2 within 24 hours and maybe you could let me know if it's right for my machine. but thanks for saying night into day coz i never realised that excess RAM i.e. 2GB could make "such a difference"
thanks
Danny1234

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#7
May 30, 2010 at 18:32:56
For XP, 512Mb is just enough to plug along. 1Gb is pretty good as long as you don't have a lot of stuff doin' at once.

About every second website you visit is streaming video in your face now, nearly every browser is tabbed and few folks have only one tab or window open.

So 2Gb can probably go down the tubes pretty quickly too; just depends what you're doing.

You motherboard apparently does dual channel..that's why 2 X 1Gb sticks (matched sticks) of memory are recommended. I imagine you now have 2 X 256Mb installed.

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