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Windows 7: DDR2 Memory


21 Oct 2013   #1

Win 7 64b Home Premium
 
 
DDR2 Memory

Hi Here's my system: Win 7 64b Home Premium, CPU AMD Phenom 11 X4 945 3Ghz Socket AM3 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 Bios v. FK, Memory Crucial 4g DDR2 800

I am looking to add memory to 8g. I will need either 8g modules or two 4 gig. I am not finding reasonably priced memory for the MB. The system is not that old. What am I missing? How much do I have to spend?


Thanks

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21 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There's a couple of things working against us (my system also uses DDR2 RAM).

1. DDR2 is obsolete, and has been for a while. As stocks diminish the vendors are going to charge more it.

2. Even though the recent fire in the Hynix factory probably didn't affect availability of DDR2, it was a good excuse to raise prices across the board.


Kent
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21 Oct 2013   #3

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I would just live with the 4gb of DDR2 and keep looking for a big sale or just start saving a bit more and you can upgrade to a newer DDR3 mobo and also later then move to a newer CPU if you purchase smart then the cost for 8gb of DDR2 now will get you a long ways towards a new mobo/ddr3 combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231182

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157262

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231460
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22 Oct 2013   #4

Win 7 64b Home Premium
 
 

Thanks. I've been thinking about a new MB. My concern is having to reinstall the OS and all the apps. I am aware this is always recommended, but over the years I've often just dropped the HD on the new MB and made it work.
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22 Oct 2013   #5

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Understood but look at that re-install if it's really needed and a true fresh start/new computer. Consider a 128gb SSD as they are becoming cheaper by the day. Add that and the re-install/clean install process is reduced by at least a third and actually becomes a joy to watch and do !
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23 Oct 2013   #6

Win 7 64b Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for your comments. In the end, since my existing installation is clean, stable, speedy and reliable. I found 8 gig DDR2 for $180. I bought it..

SSD is certainly fast, but still too expensive.
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