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Windows 7: Buying some RAM

10 Aug 2013   #1
PedroCst

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Buying some RAM

Hi again,
A friend of mine asked me to update his incredibly sluggish computer, and it's obvious for me that he needs significantly more RAM than he has right now.
The said computer has two slots, being one occupied with a 1GB stick.

My question is, should I buy a 2x1GB stick or a 2GB stick (same speeds, but different brand) in order to get optimal performance and stability?
(I still ponder getting 2x2GB, but I don't believe he's willing to pay 39 for it).

Best regards,
Pedro.


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10 Aug 2013   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If his motherboard supports it, I would get two sticks and run them in dual channel. When using ram always match sticks of the same to avoid issues.
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10 Aug 2013   #3
PedroCst

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
If his motherboard supports it, I would get two sticks and run them in dual channel. When using ram always match sticks of the same to avoid issues.
The laptop supports it.
Now I need to convince my friend to spend the money. And arrange a way to sell the old RAM stick.
BTW thinking about buying a Komputerbay stick. Super cheap and with great reviews on Amazon.
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10 Aug 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Is the laptop running XP? If so, get 2x1GB sticks. Go here to find it: Crucial

If it is running Vista/7 try to talk him into 2x2GB sticks.
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10 Aug 2013   #5
PedroCst

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Is the laptop running XP? If so, get 2x1GB sticks. Go here to find it: Crucial

If it is running Vista/7 try to talk him into 2x2GB sticks.
Running 7 x86, already clean installed. Super sluggish as always, the RAM just doesn't cut it
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10 Aug 2013   #6
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

What did it come out with originally? CPU, RAM, HDD, OS, etc
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10 Aug 2013   #7
PedroCst

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
What did it come out with originally? CPU, RAM, HDD, OS, etc
An Intel Core2Duo (don't know which, but one of the slowest ones), some staggering 1GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Vista x86. Don't know about the graphics card
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10 Aug 2013   #8
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If he is running Win 7, he needs more RAM for sure, but the best upgrade would be an SSD though. No other upgrade would make near the difference as an SSD would make. But it sounds like he doesn't want to put any money into it. Tell him to get 4GB of RAM, but don't expect a miracle.....miracles start at about $100(common SSD price).
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10 Aug 2013   #9
PedroCst

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
If he is running Win 7, he needs more RAM for sure, but the best upgrade would be an SSD though. No other upgrade would make near the difference as an SSD would make. But it sounds like he doesn't want to put any money into it. Tell him to get 4GB of RAM, but don't expect a miracle.....miracles start at about $100(common SSD price).
TBH the RAM is the greatest issue; 1GB is nothing, simple as that.
Just installed an SSD on one laptop of mine recently. Costed 73, and boy is it fast!
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10 Aug 2013   #10
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

It's the single greatest upgrade you can make to a computer, hands down. It's performance can't be matched with a new CPU/MOBO/RAM and it's a fraction of the price!
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