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Topic # 224313 12-Nov-2017 18:13
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Not sure what I can get away with. I believe I cannot use PC3-8500(has to be 8500f) but 8500f is quite hard to come by, by the looks of it... Any advise would be appreciated, thanks

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1899710 12-Nov-2017 18:40
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Perhaps you could tell us what your computer is?

 

Motherboard or computer model numbers?




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  Reply # 1899746 12-Nov-2017 19:25
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Lenovo thinkcentre m70e. R8AY95G serial number. Dont know motherboard sorry. CPU is dual core e5700 3ghz.


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  Reply # 1899774 12-Nov-2017 21:20
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If you google the phrase below, you should see offers from people selling the ram that you need:

 

Lenovo thinkcentre m70e ram upgrade


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  Reply # 1899781 12-Nov-2017 21:35
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I'm assuming your previous thread didn't eventuate? https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=50&topicid=214043

 

 

I don't think the *f suffix is significant but can't be 100% sure as I don't have first hand experience, there are a few cases where boards can be picky.

 

 

If you must go for OEM components, you could make some enquiries with nearby e-waste/recyclers, they could have working M70e's with original memory modules in them, as long as the machines are SFF/MT form factor and not the USFF as those use laptop style SODIMM memory.

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  Reply # 1899796 12-Nov-2017 22:42
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So it looks like it uses a earlyish DDR3 chipset and DDR3 at a less common clock rate because of that.

 

You may find you can just use standard DDR3 and it will down clock (indeed Crucial's Memory Finder indicates just that, as it says DDR3L-1600 is compatible)

 

That aside, given 4GB is the maximum supported and it's a VERY old PC, you might want to think about replacing it? 

 

PBTech For instance will be selling entire similar age systems, with 4GB of RAM, for $49 on Cyber Monday, or i3 4gb systems that are several generations newer for $149.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1899823 12-Nov-2017 22:56
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Standard PC3-8500 DDR3-1066 is not all that uncommon, it shouldn't be too hard to find pulled second hand.

 

 

You can find 3rd and increasingly 4th gen Intel Core i3/i5 SFF business machines on Trademe go for cheap too.

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  Reply # 1899852 13-Nov-2017 02:07
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Some examples of what's on trademe

 

 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/memory-ram/2gb/auction-1460714112.htm

 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/memory-ram/2gb/auction-1462482191.htm

 

 

Seller says it's been pulled from a working Lenovo PC so you can double check with them. Similar 2Rx8 dual rank / low density as what's currently in your machine.

 

 

M70e machine type 0837A85 (SFF) is the lower end business series for that generation so only has 2 DIMM slots taking 1GB and 2GB modules only.

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  Reply # 1899933 13-Nov-2017 07:59
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DDR3 has gone up in price, 2nd hand and new, as others have mentioned, maybe its time to look at a newer 2nd hand/recond  box with newer tech for probably same price as you'll pay for DDR RAM. Im in same sort of situation, great system, 8GB but Id like to push it to 16GB, but money Id spend on the RAM would be a good start on a new system.

 

 





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  Reply # 1900383 13-Nov-2017 21:03
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So it seems my pc is quite old and probably not worth upgrading.

I run a hp stream 200-10 for a hype which runs really well, maybe it's worth looking at for an office pc (which the Lenovo is currently for)...?

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  Reply # 1900429 13-Nov-2017 23:34
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If you are meaning buying a second HP Stream mini PC for your office, no I wouldn't recommend that.

 

 

HP Stream 200-010 specs are Celeron 2955U with single 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, is the memory and storage even upgrade-able? The CPU is newer but not much faster (if at all) and you again have issues with upgrade-ability. Do you feel that it is a faster machine than your Lenovo? It probably boots faster with Windows loaded on solid state storage, how about application load times etc.?



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  Reply # 1900447 14-Nov-2017 06:11
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It's much faster, never have an issue with it. Plus ram is upgradable to 16gb. Can fit larger ssd.

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