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Memory upgrade for old Dell Dimension 8300

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July 7, 2009 1:51:56 AM


Friend of my ask me to upgrade his old Dell Dimension 8300 (detailed specs here).
Right now he has 512MB and Windows XP Home 32bit. I'm debating on if I should get him 2x1GB stick or 4x1GB.
Will he see any huge difference between 2GB and 4GB?
Because in 32bit only 3GBs will be visible/usable.

Any help is appreciated!

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a b } Memory
July 7, 2009 2:14:01 AM

From personal experience, I'd advise 2x1GB. It won't push the mobo beyond where its been electrically as 4 sticks might. And because the extra 2GB will only yield 1.25GB recognizable at the most (32-bit = 4GB max - overhead mapping - vid card mapping), and he likely won't notice that extra bit anyhow.
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a b } Memory
July 13, 2009 5:36:25 AM

I have the exact same pc at work and use two sets of these for a total of 4gb.

Been using this ram for a year with 0 issues. Hope this helps.

Btw: I do notice a difference from 2gb to 4gb. But you will only see 3.25gb when using a 32 bit OS.
July 27, 2009 1:04:14 PM


I have the same computer, (Dell 8300), Patriot Memory, is out of stock from Newegg. ( [...] 6820220095) I don't think they will get any more product.

Can you recommend another Newegg memory product? I would like to put 2 x 1GB of memory, into my computer. I have 1 ghz of memory now.

Thank you..........Marv

July 27, 2009 6:50:36 PM

Thank you, very much!..............Marv
a b } Memory
July 27, 2009 6:57:23 PM

No problem....make sure you are grounded when you install the ram....... or else... you might end-up buying a new mobo....
July 28, 2009 8:04:24 PM


I was able to get these parts. ( [...] 6820220095) The parts you used. It was out of stock, and I put my name on the Newegg acknowledgment list, for when they get the parts in. The parts came in yesterday to Newegg. I ordered it today.

I will follow your advice about grounding.

Thank you.........Marv