I am looking to add some RAM to my existing (2gb RAM) system and don't have a ton of experience with mixing/matching RAM/mobos, etc. I use my computer for things like Maya, After Effects, and Premiere and I'm thinking that beefing up the RAM will help the performance. I'm thinking of going to 4gb but if anyone thinks 8gb is doable, please let me know. I really just want to know what RAM to buy. Also, should I be swapping out the old RAM for the new, or can I combine them? I'm not really into heavy overclocking or anything too fancy. This computer is about 2.5 years old and has held up very well so far....
Below are my current specs...thanks!
Win XP 32bit Home
EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 320MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card
(I've softmodded this card to a quadro fx 4600)
I would look for some used on craigslist. You might find 2 gb for around $30. I've used patriot, pny, samsung, corsair, kingston, and crucial. All work fine. Or you can sell your old ram first, and get a 2x2gb kit. I've also seen those as low as $50 on craigslist. Be patient; no need to hurry. DDr2 prices have stabilized lately.
The cheapest and simplest thing to do would be to buy another 2x1gb kit of DDR2-800 CL4 ram and add it to your system. The brand really doesn't matter. Don't bother getting more than 4gb total because WinXP x32 can only use 4gb of ram maximum.
Don't bother getting more than 4gb total because WinXP x32 can only use 4gb of ram maximum.
Although 8GB will work just fine on that board (I got 8GB on mine ), there is no point if you don't have a 64 bit OS. And if you are wondering, Windows XP 64 bits is NOT good; the only viable option is Windows 7 (or Vista if you can get it much cheaper than Windows 7).