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PC2700 or PC3200...which is best for my current system?

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February 13, 2009 2:21:00 AM

in the near furure, i want to upgrade the memory to the pc's allowable max of 1Gig by using two 512mb sticks instead of the one 512mb i put in about 5 years ago along side the one 256mb that came with the computer.
i've read numerous posts (here and other places) praising both the 2700 and 3200 but my tech knowledge level is not up there enough to fully understand what each type will and/or will not do, especially in my present system...sooo...
can someone please explain to me, in simple, laymans terminology, what the differences, advantages/disadvantages of each of these would be for my 6 year old Dino-putersaur Dell Dimension 2350??
my system specs are...
Dell Dimension 2350, Intel P4, 2.2GHz, Intel 845GL chip set, system clock 400-MHz data rate, DDR SDRAM memory architecture, PC2100 (266-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC), memory slot #1 has a 512mb PC2100 that i bought from Crucial 5 years ago and the #2 slot has the original 256mb PC2100 that came with the pc...i have no freakin' idea what most of this technical stuff means, i just copied it from the system technical spec sheet i printed from the Dell site.
all i do know (at least i think i know...lol) is that the 2 sticks should be of the same manufacturer and of the same rate/speed/type?...thats why i will replace what i have with two new ones that are identical, so as to avoid any mis-match issues that i've read so much about.
i don't consider myself totally stupid about pc's, but my tech level isnt what i think it needs to be, to be able to comfortably buy these newer (2700/3200) sticks without some help from some more knowledgable people :) 
preferably, i'm not looking for which "brand" or whatever "you" like/prefer most...thats personal choice, i want to know which will give the best upgrade for my Dino-putersaur :) 
Thank you inadvance for any and all comments.
February 13, 2009 2:28:44 AM

JKat said:
in the near furure, i want to upgrade the memory to the pc's allowable max of 1Gig by using two 512mb sticks instead of the one 512mb i put in about 5 years ago along side the one 256mb that came with the computer.
i've read numerous posts (here and other places) praising both the 2700 and 3200 but my tech knowledge level is not up there enough to fully understand what each type will and/or will not do, especially in my present system...sooo...
can someone please explain to me, in simple, laymans terminology, what the differences, advantages/disadvantages of each of these would be for my 6 year old Dino-putersaur Dell Dimension 2350??
my system specs are...
Dell Dimension 2350, Intel P4, 2.2GHz, Intel 845GL chip set, system clock 400-MHz data rate, DDR SDRAM memory architecture, PC2100 (266-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC), memory slot #1 has a 512mb PC2100 that i bought from Crucial 5 years ago and the #2 slot has the original 256mb PC2100 that came with the pc...i have no freakin' idea what most of this technical stuff means, i just copied it from the system technical spec sheet i printed from the Dell site.
all i do know (at least i think i know...lol) is that the 2 sticks should be of the same manufacturer and of the same rate/speed/type?...thats why i will replace what i have with two new ones that are identical, so as to avoid any mis-match issues that i've read so much about.
i don't consider myself totally stupid about pc's, but my tech level isnt what i think it needs to be, to be able to comfortably buy these newer (2700/3200) sticks without some help from some more knowledgable people :) 
preferably, i'm not looking for which "brand" or whatever "you" like/prefer most...thats personal choice, i want to know which will give the best upgrade for my Dino-putersaur :) 
Thank you inadvance for any and all comments.




i don't seeing u haveing any problems if u replaced Both chips with PC2700 useing 2x1GB chips

IDK if ur system would handle the pc3200 but if it don't it is normal for a PC to slow down the ram to it can handle it

i don't recommand missmatching MEMORY SPEED i was always told my my frandpa that will drag a PC down to it knees (idk if it is true)
February 13, 2009 2:36:49 AM

thanks, but first, i specifically stated that my system can only have 1Gig max is why i need two 512mb sticks and Not 2x1GB as you suggested...and i also stated that i do not want to mis-match the sticks, that is why i will buy 2 identical sticks from the same manufacturer.

according to all the info i've read, my system can use either 2100, 2700 or 3200...
my question was intended to find out which of the 2 (2700 versus 3200) would be best for my system!
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February 13, 2009 11:36:47 AM

JKat said:
thanks, but first, i specifically stated that my system can only have 1Gig max is why i need two 512mb sticks and Not 2x1GB as you suggested...and i also stated that i do not want to mis-match the sticks, that is why i will buy 2 identical sticks from the same manufacturer.

according to all the info i've read, my system can use either 2100, 2700 or 3200...
my question was intended to find out which of the 2 (2700 versus 3200) would be best for my system!



Well common sence tells me that the 3200 will be faster then the 2700
February 14, 2009 12:17:07 AM

that may be true in general, but as the title of this thread specifies...
i am interested in knowing which is "Better" for "My" system!
if "my" system can only process/handle a given amount, then the extra fastness would be wasted.
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