Can you put a 2GB Ram into a 1GB Ram slot?

November 16, 2011 at 08:56:10
Specs: Windows XP 32bit
According to the specs on my HP Media Centre PC (HP website) they claim that the max RAM I can put into my system is 4GB. They advise to put only 1GB of RAM max per spot (x4 spots). My husband brought my computer into a local tech and they put in 2 x 2GB in instead. Will this hinder my computer at all?
The system does register it has 3.62gb of RAM available. Does this mean I can add more RAM into the two remaining empty spots? How much is too much?
HP m7260n intel Pent D DC 3.00 Also would this system be feasible to upgrade to a 64bit version of windows 7?
Sorry about all the questions. I have been living in the stone-age with this system for 6 yrs and its time for an overhaul!
Next stop - video cards!!!

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#1
November 16, 2011 at 09:04:31
As it's working, obviously it will accept 2GB sticks. But the motherboard probably wouldn't support more than 4GB in all. As it happens, it is irrelevant - your 32-bit Operating System would not recognize any additional memory.

You have the optimal setup already and, as it's working, enjoy it.

Unless you have a special need for it I would forget about 64-bit for the time being. I don't think you would gain appreciable advantage to justify the cost.


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#2
November 16, 2011 at 10:16:17
thanks jack!
I will be upgrading my power supply next so I can get some kind of video card in there. My exisiting card is.. and don't choke... ATI Radeon x300se. I just thought a 64bit system would maybe run things better...?

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#3
November 16, 2011 at 10:29:48
I don't think you would notice any improvement. The only real reason to go for 64-bit, particularly with a computer that is getting on a bit, would be if you needed more RAM. You don't say what your main use of the computer is, but assuming it's just general purpose and gaming I'd stick with what you have.

I'm not an expert on video cards, but it's certainly a worthwhile upgrade. I'd go for a mid-range one rather than a high-end one with your hardware. And it may be necessary to update the PSU at the same time. If you can find out what the rating of your current one is (it's normally printed on it somewhere) and let us know what card you are thinking of some knowledgeable person here can advise you further.


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#4
November 16, 2011 at 11:20:34
Hi Again!
I use my computer for alot of video streaming to the PS3 and of course some good ole online gaming.
My current PSU is 400w and I know I will need to upgrade for a good video card. I have read some online reviews and browsed some websites and I think I am looking for something like the Radeon HD 5770. I believe there is only one PCIe slot in my computer and 3 PCI, so no crossfire etc. for me.
I am pretty sure the casing can handle a double high card but its the length I would be more worried about.
If there is a knowledgeable Video Card Guy around I would be more than happy to hear any suggestions!!! I have looked at so many of them lately I can't for the life of me figure out what the heck the difference really is besides the memory!!!! :)
Any and all comments are definitely welcome!!

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#5
November 16, 2011 at 13:58:19
I wouldn't dump a lot of money in an old system like that. I would use the hd 5670 in that machine. You wouldn't need a new power supply and you don't need extra plugs because it draws it's power from the pci-e slot itself. There's a whole lot of difference between cards and it goes way beyond memory, but no need to go into that now. You can google reviews on the 5670, but it would be a huge upgrade over your present card.

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


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#6
November 16, 2011 at 14:28:56
64Bit machines are terrible for getting compatible Hardware & Software....BUT...they accept more than 4GB ram

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#7
November 16, 2011 at 19:25:58
Thanks again everyone!
I will look at the Radeon 5670 compared to the 5770. I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for the upgrades since this system has done me well for 6 years and I have no complaints. It will be passed down to my kids shortly so I want to make sure it will run smoothly for them as well. I think I will just stick with the 32bit Win 7 since I sense a severe headache would develope with compatibility issues. I will eventually attempt to build my own system, of course following every detail from the last PC mag I picked up... :)
Cheers!

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