Dell computer Hardware Upgrade For Windows 7

May 16, 2010 at 20:17:00
Specs: Windows xp
I want to upgrade a Windows XP Dell system to Windows 7...it has a 2.39 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 111 Gig hard drive with 96 GB of free space. Now I'm aware that you have to have 1 Gig of RAM for Windows 7. Is there a way to see what kind of RAM the system can use or if there's even a way to tell if it's upgradable...perhaps with some kind of program to check RAM specifications. Also, if anybody knows where one can get cheap RAM I'd appreciate it.

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#1
May 16, 2010 at 20:45:44
download CPU-Z
http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
Once downloaded and your info is uploaded, check the memory tab for "Type"...its prob DDR2 or DDR3.
Also look under the "CPU" tab and check your "FSB" speed.
Theres a multipler that comes into effect here, though im not 100% certain on what it is, it changes depending on your CPU/type of ram/MOBO i think.
Do some searching on google about FSB speed and Ram speed, youll find your answer.
Newegg.com typically has some sweet deals.

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#2
May 16, 2010 at 23:37:10
Go to crucial.com and use their online memory scan to find out what you have and what you can add.

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#3
May 17, 2010 at 07:52:05
"Now I'm aware that you have to have 1 Gig of RAM for Windows 7'

Make that, at least 1GB.

"if anybody knows where one can get cheap RAM I'd appreciate it"

RAM is not cheap these days. I stocked up about a year ago when 4GB DDR2-800 dual channel kits were selling for about $20 after rebate. Now they're selling for close to $100.


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