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Help me understand having a 64 bit system and memory usage

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March 17, 2013 4:53:09 PM

Hello

I have a Dell XPS 420 with a q6600 with 4 gigs of 667 MHz DDR2 ram. I installed Windows 8 64 bit onto the computer.

I can upgrade up to 8 gigs. Is there any need for me to upgrade to more ram right now?

I play games, watch video, do some Photoshop stuff on it and some basic 2d and 3d design on it.

I am building a new system but will keep this old computer.
March 17, 2013 6:39:34 PM

cin19 said:
G335, sorry I got your wrong answer for last post. The 420 can support up to 8GB RAM. Here is from Dell.
ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/...

If you are building the new PC, don't put more money on the old LGA775 PC. I add the link for DDR2 8GB RAM (4x2GB) and they cost $150. It is not worth. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Thank you.

Since I am running a 64 bit os on it, and doing things that I mentioned above, would it be worth it to put the 8 gigs in it or 6? I will not put more into this computer unless its necessary.
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March 17, 2013 7:25:37 PM

As stated, it's not worth throwing a lot of money at your old system. How is the current RAM configured? Is it occupying 2 slots or all 4? If you were to try to match the memory it might prove difficult, and an 8GB kit is pricey.

I tried to choose memory that would be as compatible as possible, and did a search for 4x2GB DDR 800 1.8V. I came up with this ebay link
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-8GB-4x2GB-PC2-6400-DDR2-800...

And this from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/4x2GB-DDR2-800-PC2-6400-Unbuffere...

There is probably more.
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