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gonna buy me some RAM
    #2891298 - 07/14/04 10:21 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

well... my comp's only got 128 MB of RAM, and although the CPU's not blazingly fast (1.7GHz P4) i figure that insufficient RAM is the bigger contributer to my comp's mediocre speed (and the only thing i can afford to upgrade right now).

i know the specifications of the RAM i need.

512 MB SDRAM PC133

... but i've found this offered through different vendors and manufacturers at greatly different prices. everything from $49.99 for 'generic' RAM from vendors on pricewatch to $118.00 from some other manufacturers.

am i gonna get what i pay for? is quality a key issue or is all RAM created equal?


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Re: gonna buy me some RAM [Re: ]
    #2891410 - 07/14/04 11:29 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

It depends on who you talk to. The last computer I built I used generic RAM and I had some problems with it,but I can't say for sure if it was the RAM (although I think it was).

I'd go the middle path. A lot of brand name RAM companies make cheaper memory under a different name (sort of like a value line) that's just as good.

Stay away from error correcting code. It's not worth the money unless you're running a server or something.


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Re: gonna buy me some RAM [Re: monoamine]
    #2891440 - 07/14/04 11:51 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

do you have any suggestions?


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Re: gonna buy me some RAM [Re: ]
    #2891497 - 07/15/04 12:08 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

No,nothing specific.


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Re: gonna buy me some RAM [Re: ]
    #2893521 - 07/15/04 03:31 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Ah, RAM. One of my favorite topics.

Yes, you will get what you pay for. SDRAM is not very fast. Best if you upgraded to DDR SDRAM but your motherboard must support DDR. Chances are, it doesn't.

If you don't do any intensive gaming or video editting that requires high quality, lock clock, high MHz RAM, then just get generic. Otherwise, switch to DDR, or better yet, wait a while and upgrade your entire Intel based system to Socket 775 and DDR2 (along with PCI-E and other goodies).


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Re: gonna buy me some RAM [Re: ]
    #2893660 - 07/15/04 04:21 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I purchased Geil ram for my computer, it was a bit cheaper than other brands, but had good reviews and I've never had a problem with it. Sometimes the generic ram is cobbled together from different memory chips made by different manufacturers - they might be rated the same but they don't perform the same. So I would avoid the generic and go with a reputable brand. Also, it can be a waste of money to get higher speed ram than is already on your motherboard, the memory will run at the speed of the slowest ram. As with your DVD recorder, I would recommend newegg.com and check out the customer reviews of various ram.


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