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July 27, 2013 6:06:52 AM

Hi there. I have an Inspiron 570 I bought on clearance about a year ago, and I've gradually been part swapping to get the machine I want. I would've just built a whole new rig, but money was an issue at the time. SO. Finally getting to upgrade the RAM, and I'm not sure exactly how far I can take it.

I don't know the brand or model of the motherboard, and Dell's website isn't helping much in that department. I entered the service tag, and it tells me about pretty much every component BUT the motherboard.

I'm currently running 4gb of ddr3 1333, PC3-10600. Factory installed. I want to jump it up to 8gb if I can, but I'm not sure what it can handle. Without knowing the make/model of the mobo, I don't know if it can support the 1600, PC3-12800. Anybody able to shed some light on this?

Edit: Corsair's site suggests this, but it's just another 4gb kit. Hopefully that's not my limit.

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July 27, 2013 6:28:45 AM

If you buy pc12800 memory and your computer limited to pc10600, your system will make your memory to run at pc10600.
and any memory pc12800 (ddr31600) will run flawlessly at pc1066 (ddr3 1333).
So there's nothing have to worry..:) 

But remember, don't mix 2 stick (or more) memory from different brand. If you not have enough luck, it will affect your stability.
(actually i have 4 stick memory, 2 sticks corsair vegeance, and 2 sticks elixir 1600, and i have no memory stability issue, well, i'm lucky enough then..:D )

for more accurate diagnose, what is you complete specs..?
something like speecy (http://www.piriform.com/speccy) will give you information about detail specification of you computer..:) 
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July 27, 2013 6:55:34 AM

Quaddro said:
If you buy pc12800 memory and your computer limited to pc10600, your system will make your memory to run at pc10600.
and any memory pc12800 (ddr31600) will run flawlessly at pc1066 (ddr3 1333).
So there's nothing have to worry..:) 

But remember, don't mix 2 stick (or more) memory from different brand. If you not have enough luck, it will affect your stability.
(actually i have 4 stick memory, 2 sticks corsair vegeance, and 2 sticks elixir 1600, and i have no memory stability issue, well, i'm lucky enough then..:D )

for more accurate diagnose, what is you complete specs..?
something like speecy (http://www.piriform.com/speccy) will give you information about detail specification of you computer..:) 


Oh, thanks! Can't believe I never knew about Speccy. That's a nifty little tool.
I'm not worried at all about mixing ram, as I'll be replacing all of it.

Current relevant specs are as follows:

CPU
  • AMD Athlon II X2 250

    RAM
  • 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz (7-7-7-20)

    Motherboard
  • Dell Inc. 04GJJT

    Graphics
  • 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6670 Sapphire

    According to the specs I found for the mobo, it has four slots, with a total maximum of 8gb supported. So likely 2gb per slot? Looks like it's 1333, so I think I'm going to pass on the 1600. Why spend the extra money if I can't use it, right?
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    July 27, 2013 7:07:15 AM

    mmm..
    actually almost all new system support at least @1600..
    well, memory is an investment..and if you move to newer system, you can keep your memory.
    If i were you, i'll take 1600..:) 

    and, athlon II base processor will support 1600 with slightly tweak in bios.

    well, less memory stick in your system will be better. more stable and less heat..
    if you want 8 gigs memory, then go to with 2x4GB memory (2 sticks 4gb memory), rather than 4x2GB (4 sticks 2gb memory).
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    July 27, 2013 7:11:22 AM

    Quaddro said:
    mmm..
    actually almost all new system support at least @1600..
    well, memory is an investment..and if you move to newer system, you can keep your memory.
    If i were you, i'll take 1600..:) 

    and, athlon II base processor will support 1600 with slightly tweak in bios.

    well, less memory stick in your system will be better. more stable and less heat..
    if you want 8 gigs memory, then go to with 2x4GB memory (2 sticks 4gb memory), rather than 4x2GB (4 sticks 2gb memory).


    I'd like to go with 2x4, but I'm not sure how much each slot will support. There doesn't seem to be any information on it.

    Any suggestions as to make and model? I was looking at the G.Skill Ripjaws on Newegg, but there seem to be a lot of doa issues with that one. Corsair's usually my preferred brand, but the only hit back from compatible specs on pcpartpicker had similar issues to the G.Skill kits. :/ 
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    July 27, 2013 7:30:03 AM

    Corsair has been the most consistent over the years, but from about 5 years ago, G.skill has been pushing the limits and forcing competition with Corsair, they have become REALLY good and are setting the trend.
    And You can always return the RAM if it does not work.


    Note:
    corsair is unique..
    Usually it's won't work with other memory kit from different brand..(that's why i was said that i'm lucky enough to mix it with elixir)

    So, about your choice..just follow your heart..:D 
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    July 30, 2013 1:24:29 PM

    If someone still reading this post.

    Inspiron 570 can support up to 16 GB 1333 RAM, higher speed RAM will be downclocked to 1333.
    You can use 4GB sticks, generally Crucial and Corsair are supported, use non fancy latencies and same voltage as original RAM.

    According to Speccy, your CPU is way behind, if you interested in upgrading CPU let me know.
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    October 30, 2013 1:04:40 AM

    Kisianik said:
    If someone still reading this post.

    Inspiron 570 can support up to 16 GB 1333 RAM, higher speed RAM will be downclocked to 1333.
    You can use 4GB sticks, generally Crucial and Corsair are supported, use non fancy latencies and same voltage as original RAM.

    According to Speccy, your CPU is way behind, if you interested in upgrading CPU let me know.


    I'm aware it's severely outdated. I built a brand new system for my husband this past January, and I'll be building mine in a few months. As I said in the original post, finances were an issue. I took what I could get at the time, and it wasn't a bad deal for $300 with the upgrades I've done.

    My new rig will leave this current POS in the dust, so I'm just holding out til I can afford it.
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