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Windows 7: Can anyone advise me on which memory to buy?

21 May 2012   #1
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
Can anyone advise me on which memory to buy?

Hey All,

I'm going to be upgrading my memory from 4GB to 8GB in the next few weeks.

I have a Dell Dimension 9200. On the Dell and Crucial websites it states the Maximum Memory is 4GB, however I know that it can take 8GB. There have been numerous forums where people have stated they have successfully updated the memory to 8GB in a Dimension 9200 (XPS 410).

If someone could please advise on which to buy that would be great. I can provide any additional specs if needed.




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21 May 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Which brand??

Or which type/module?

Are you replacing all of your current memory, or just adding to it?

If the latter, I'd try to match the major specs of the existing sticks, particularly speed and voltage. Ideally, try to match the brand and model number.

If you are doing a total replacement and not overclocking the RAM, I'd just get the cheapest compatible from a reliable brand--Crucial, G Skill, Corsair.
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21 May 2012   #3
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

If you went to the crucial website and it showed how many dimm slots and how much ram you are Useing and what you can upgrade too just follow what they suggest

Don't have to get the cheapest ram just ram with in budget that works with that board Only use what is recomended and also don't mix and match ram stability issues will follow
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21 May 2012   #4
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hello ignatzatsonic,

I've got 4GB memory at the moment. I'm going to take two of the 1GB sticks and replace them for 2GB then replace the other two at a later date as I'm on a budget at the moment.

I did a crucial scan and it states I have DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 1.8v

Not too sure on the make as it came with the PC when I bought it.
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21 May 2012   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hey solarstarshines,

I know they have to be replaced in matching pairs but can you mix two pairs at all?

Or would it just be better to replace the whole lot at the same time?
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21 May 2012   #6
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I think the memory is made by Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
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21 May 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Burdus32 View Post
Hello ignatzatsonic,

I've got 4GB memory at the moment. I'm going to take two of the 1GB sticks and replace them for 2GB then replace the other two at a later date as I'm on a budget at the moment.

I did a crucial scan and it states I have DDR2 PC2-5300 CL=5 Unbuffered NON-ECC DDR2-667 1.8v

Not too sure on the make as it came with the PC when I bought it.
Are you referring to replacing the RAM in your system specs? Googling that model number leads me to believe it is Hynix brand.

I'm guessing you have four 1 gig sticks and a total of 4 slots?

Honestly: I'd do one of the following 2 things:

1: Do nothing, unless you have solid reasons to believe you are often using ALL of the 4 GB you now have. Put the money toward an SSD if you don't have one.

2: Don't buy anything until you have the money stockpiled to buy the entire 8 GB package at one time. That saves you postage involved in 2 separate orders and ensures that you get a matching set when you do order..
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21 May 2012   #8
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Well my memory is usually running at about 50% on idle but if I have a lot of programs running it can reach about 80-85% never fully at 100% though to be honest.

So maybe it is worth me looking into an SSD instead? Do you have any advice on good brands? Or should I post that in another thread?
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21 May 2012   #9
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

DDR2 is still expensive next to DDR3 modules. I would do as ignatzatsonic recommends and wait till you can pop for all four at the same time, also you can start shopping for the best deal. Another thought but possibly out of the question would be to start looking to upgrade the mobo and processor as long as the Dell's form factor is a normal one. The savings on the DDR3 alone will get you well into a replacement and modernized mobo.
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21 May 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Burdus32 View Post
Well my memory is usually running at about 50% on idle but if I have a lot of programs running it can reach about 80-85% never fully at 100% though to be honest.

So maybe it is worth me looking into an SSD instead? Do you have any advice on good brands? Or should I post that in another thread?
Crucial, Intel, and Samsung would be my SSD choices. Plenty of people get along fine with 60 GB SSD. I have an 80 GB Intel and have only 29 GB used, with 50 apps installed.

That will do more for you than RAM in most situations---particularly when by your own admission you are not using even 4 GB of RAM now.

As Linnemeyer implies---DDR 2 is older tech and can get expensive relative to DDR 3.

I'd probably get an SSD now, live with 4 GB of DDR 2, and then stockpile money toward a new motherboard/CPU/RAM buy when it was in my budget---even if it took a year.

During that year, you will get more enjoyment from the SSD than you would from the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th GB of RAM---which you may NEVER use, since you don't use 4 now.
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