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Windows 7: Question about RAM

29 Nov 2014   #1
behindyouu

Windows 7 Ulimate 64Bit
 
 
Question about RAM

Hi, I am thinking about buying a new RAM for my laptop. My question is, what type of ram would be the best for my laptop? DDR3?DDR4? and also what speed would be the best? (budget is $ 100)

Right now I have 4 GB ram DDR3 @ 665 Mhz 9-9-9-24 . And I have 3 slots available.

So, which would be the best option.

2 x 4 GB ram

or

1 x 8 GB ram

If I have enough money left I might fill all the 4 slots with 4 GB ram in all the slots.

Why do I need that much ram?
I use Auto CAD a lot and that thing is a memory killer. Right now my windows is using 2.55 GB of ram with nothing running except chrome (1 tab). If I open Auto CAD right now it use all 4 GB RAM and my computer will run very slow.

Also 1 quick question. If I buy a 120 GB SSD, how much GB is available if I use windows 8? because on paper it tells my HDD is 500 GB and in properties it tells 421 GB.
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29 Nov 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Best is to run the Crucial System Scanner. Then you know what the options are and how much they cost.

Crucial.com - Crucial System Scanner

I would suggest to get a 240GB SSD. They sell for $89 if you watch the sales at Newegg. A typical 8.1 system should be less than 30GB. However, the OEM junk and many large programs can make that a lot bigger - e.g. 60GB.

You should delete the hiberfile and reduce the pagefile to 2GB. That saves a lot of SSD space- e.g. with an 8GB RAM it saves 14GBs.
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29 Nov 2014   #3
behindyouu

Windows 7 Ulimate 64Bit
 
 

I did the crucial system scan and it thinks my computer is Lenovo H415 desktop which is wrong (its Lenovo B570). Also in memory it says 2 slots, but in speecy it says 3 slots available.

Computer upgrades scan results for Lenovo Essential / Value Line Lenovo H415 from Crucial
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29 Nov 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can only use DDR3

Don`t trust a program to tell you how many slots you have, physically check yourself. Most laptops only have 2 slots. A slot or 2 may be under the keyboard.

The manufacturer`s website should tell you the max speed and amount you can use.

A 120/128 GB ssd will be fine, but the bigger you can afford the better.

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

A 500 GB hard drive is 465 GB according to windows, don`t know where you`re getting 421 from.

Disk Management will show you the entire drive.

Post a shot of disk management if you like :)
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29 Nov 2014   #5
behindyouu

Windows 7 Ulimate 64Bit
 
 

Yea its 465, I forgot that I had 2 partition.

I found a 250 GB SSD for $139.99. Write speed is 470 Mbp/s and read speed is 570 Mbp/s.

Buy the Transcend SSD370 Internal 256GB Solid State Drive at TigerDirect.ca
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29 Nov 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thaty SSD is too expensive and Transcend is an unknown make in SSDs. I just bought a 240GB Crucial for $89. Check the sales at Newegg and Amazon. Here is a little selection.

Amazon.com: 240GB SSD

And don't focus on data transfer times. It is the access time that counts.
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29 Nov 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Ya, don`t jump on the first one you come across.

1) Samsung
2) Intel

Crucial
PNY
OCZ
Kingston

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com
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29 Nov 2014   #8
behindyouu

Windows 7 Ulimate 64Bit
 
 

Thanks. Correct me if I am wrong, 3.5" hard drive are only for desktop and 2.5" are only for laptop right? Also, are all the SSD are universal?

EDIT: Unfortunately, Newegg does not ship to Canada
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29 Nov 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s only for reference.

You are incorrect, a 2.5" can be used anywhere. A 3.5" can be connected to a laptop externally.

But yes , a laptop uses a 2.5" internally.
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29 Nov 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

And what about Amazon in Canada.
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