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Helping a family, after an ssd, I installed 4x1GB Memory Chips (PC2-3200 400ghz) into a Pentium 4 3.0 N, is CPU limiting RAM?

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November 21, 2013 1:34:06 PM

I was wondering if the CPU was limiting the RAM somehow. I realized straight away that a spare high quality graphics card was limited by the cpu, so there was no point. However, I also realized that after installing the RAM chips, on most applications, the computer was only using 733mb of ram.

The reason I would like to know this is because I'm doing this as a favor for the family. Should I get rid of the extra RAM so that they don't need to waste their money on it, or is it a good idea to keep it?

PS: I realize this comp is not good. I, myself, have a nice rig.
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November 21, 2013 1:43:05 PM

A Pentium 4 does not have a built-in memory controller like new processors do, so if there's a problem it's with the motherboard.
Also on older motherboards, putting in 4 sticks of ram can lead to many issues including instability, lower performance etc.
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November 21, 2013 2:28:12 PM

exactoman said:
I was wondering if the CPU was limiting the RAM somehow. I realized straight away that a spare high quality graphics card was limited by the cpu, so there was no point. However, I also realized that after installing the RAM chips, on most applications, the computer was only using 733mb of ram.

The reason I would like to know this is because I'm doing this as a favor for the family. Should I get rid of the extra RAM so that they don't need to waste their money on it, or is it a good idea to keep it?

PS: I realize this comp is not good. I, myself, have a nice rig.


Leave two Gigs and return the other two if possible.

Next step would be to recommend getting a new PC lols
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