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Topic # 13929 6-Jun-2007 08:44
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I'm wanting to get new RAM for my computer... best and cheapest as everyone wants... can someone give me some hints and ideas of what to look for??? what to avoid etc..

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  Reply # 73564 6-Jun-2007 08:57
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I've never had issues with any brand of RAM. The cheap stuff IMO just tends to have a higher latency and no heat dispersal whatsoever. Like everything you get what you pay for so if the PC isn't flash it doesn't matter. Brands like V-Data/A-Data are good value.



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  Reply # 73567 6-Jun-2007 09:00
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I currently have 256 which is [expletive removed], 512 is double would that be worth it? or better getting 1gb?? looking at value for money?

Also what other specs should I watch out for?



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  Reply # 73575 6-Jun-2007 09:24
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  Reply # 73577 6-Jun-2007 09:29
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Why don't you start by telling us what your computer is? Desktop and laptop/notebook types take different forms of RAM.



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  Reply # 73602 6-Jun-2007 11:25
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Bung: Why don't you start by telling us what your computer is? Desktop and laptop/notebook types take different forms of RAM.


This topic is the in the "Desktop Computing" thread...


I have a desktop PC

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Reply # 73603 6-Jun-2007 11:30
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Yes, but some old motherboards won't accept DDR, let alone DDR2. Then there's speed, etc.

I suggest you use the Kingston Configurator to see what memory would work on your PC. If you don't have a "brand" PC then look for the motherboard model in the manufacturer's website. If this fails, load a program such as ZCPU, check what kind of memory you have on your system now and go for the same type.

Then use PriceSpy to find prices in New Zealand. That's the best way.







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  Reply # 73613 6-Jun-2007 12:31
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Thanks for the reply, I'll check that out when I'm home.

What else can I do to speed up my computer. It's real slow for programs like

Grand Theft Auto
Visual Basic Express

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  Reply # 73679 6-Jun-2007 18:14
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Have you got a graphics card?

Its a bit hard to tell without knowing age specs etc of your computer



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  Reply # 73688 6-Jun-2007 19:15
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I can not seem to find something like this on http://www.kingston.com/

The fact i have a DDR would mean most/all DDR would be okay?? I have a Pentium 4.






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  Reply # 73731 7-Jun-2007 06:51
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Got my details from here

http://www.orderingmemory.com/hpshopping/index.asp?model=Pavilion+564a&BV_SessionID=&HHO_URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopping.hp.com%2Fwebapp%2Fshopping%2Fproduct_detail.do&BV_EngineID=&Go.x=20&Go.y=12

okay, so I can have a max of 1Gb.

Two questions...

1. Can I have two 512Mb?
2. How can I allow a bigger memory?

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  Reply # 73733 7-Jun-2007 07:59
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1.Yes and After 256 you will notice the difference.

2. Strangely enough HP say that the motherboard can take up to 2GB but 1GB max is recommended. To want more, realistically you should replace the computer. To get a sportscar it's easier if you don't start with a Corolla :)



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  Reply # 73758 7-Jun-2007 10:02
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I have a lot a new hardware on there, bar the motherboard, RAM and a few others...

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Reply # 73762 7-Jun-2007 10:19
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While you can't have a sports car if you start with a Corolla, you can get some good performance if you tune the engine (within the limits).

My parents in law used to have an old HP Pavilion with a Celeron processor. The thing was really slow. We bumped memory to 1024 MB and it lasted well for another 18 months - when each bought a decent laptop and ditched the old desktop.

So it can be a way to squeeze the last drop from your PC, before a bigger investment.







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  Reply # 73768 7-Jun-2007 10:26
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Hmm okay, I could bump it upto a 1024 with new RAM and later replace the motherboard etc...


I'm looking at making my Corolla a V8 inside??? it might cost more over the next "18 months" but would this work?

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Reply # 73775 7-Jun-2007 10:35
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You can tune up, but you can't change it completely. You won't be able to change motherboard, CPU, memory speed. So you will reach a limit of what you can do. Then you will have to think about other PC...





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