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Windows 7: need help in making my mind......

16 Nov 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Hello Gautam,

Sorry for the delayed reply.

As linnemeyerhere said, a matching pair is two or more identical sticks of RAM.

Normally when you buy 2 or more GB, the ram will normally come as a pack of 2., these are identical.

If the pack has only 1 stick, then it would be better to buy 2 packs at the exact same time from the same ad/offer.
To ensure they are identical, before opening the packages, the serial/model number should be displayed at the front of the package (A sticker on the RAM), check that each pack matches right down to the T, any difference's, send them back at try again.

But as i said, as a rule, RAM of 2 or more Gb come in packs of two.

If you go here - RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, flash cards, SSD at

At the top is a scanner which scans what ram and it will then give you a list of compatiple ram.
Either buy through them, or write down the model/serial number of the ram you would like and google it to see if you can save a few bob.

Don't worry about speed, you would only need the lowest speed if all you do is general work. Faster ram is for more memory intensive work.


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18 Nov 2010   #12

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

Hi everyone sorry for the delay.

i think i will go with 4 gb RAM and i m really greatfull u lot pointed out the SAME RAM issue. I never considered it but now i will make sure its of same nature.

Thanks again everyone for your time and suggestions. i will definetly come back again if i run into any trouble.

With Regards
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22 Nov 2010   #13

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

One last quick question i just found out my internal HDD is 5400 rpm. will it support 7200 rpm internal HDD. My main concern is regarding system heat.
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22 Nov 2010   #14

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

The laptop will support the faster spinning drive but it won't be cooler and may be slightly hotter running. For a cooler rig you could look into a SSD and load your OS and App's. only on it and put the 5400 rpm spinner from the case into an external usb enclosure for all your data. I like this trick little widget here: Ineo I-NA206U All-In-One Portable Storage - Leather Pouch, 2.5 SATA to USB, Black at TigerDirect
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23 Nov 2010   #15

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

@ linnemeyerhere

well SSD are great but its a bit costly for me right now. So want to stick with this HDD. Its great to know my system will support faster spinning drive. My only concern is if this faster spinning drive will damage my other system component.
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23 Nov 2010   #16

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Gautam7, I still believe that a 64 bit OS needs at least 4GB. To match it you can do to Crucial's web sight and download their scan. It can scan your computer and tell you exactly how much and what type of ram you have and also make suggestions as to what you need to buy. You don't have to buy from them, but you will know exactly what you need.

Also dont be so concerned about the anti virus scan. If your external is hooked up to your laptop, it can only get a virus if a virus goes through the laptop. you can always disconnect the external when it is time to scan if you want to. That's what I do. I have 4 externals that add up to about 4.5 TB right now. But, I know that if they have a virus, My computer has one too. As far as ram and the SSd are concerned, just stay with a good reputable company. With SSD's right now, Intel, Vertex and Crucial are the leading SSD's. Ram you can look at Crucial, G. Skill, OCZ or Kingston as well as a few others. The real key to the ram is it all must be an exact match. If you have to, Pull out a stick from the laptop. It should tell you exactly what it is. Then you can either match it or go with all new ram to be sure.

Those are my suggestions. I think you have been given very good advice from several on this thread. any of the advice you have been given here you will not be making a mistake. Just make sure your computer has a MB and processor that will support a X64 OS before you but one.
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24 Nov 2010   #17

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

Thanks Essebbe. as i wrote in my earlier post that i will upgrade the RAM to 4 GB, as most people suggested this up gradation. well as for SSD they r a bit costly for my budget so i will be sticking to old HDD but i will up grade from my existing 160 GB 5400 rpm HDD to a new 500 GB 7200 rpm HDD. Thanks for your advice.
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24 Nov 2010   #18

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

you are most welcome. come back often.
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