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July 11, 2010 7:57:07 AM

Hey there i have a dell xps 420 computer and here is my computer info:

intel(R)core(tm)2 duo cpu E6850 @ 3.00ghz 2.99ghz ram 3.00 gb
system type 64-bit operating system

i want to upgrade my ram to 8gb and i found this one web site that tells me that i should get http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=XPS%2... is this ram good to get?

i would also want to know would going from 3GB of ram to 8GB of ram would make a big difference and if so how much?

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July 11, 2010 9:10:24 AM

What are you using the computer for? In gaming going from 3 or 4GB to 8GB doesn't make a lot of difference in performance.
THG review of 3GB, 6GB and 12GB for gaming.
If you're running Photoshop or VMware, etc going with more RAM starts to make more sense.
July 11, 2010 9:15:26 AM

The first thing you want to do is find out more about what RAM you have installed right now. You want to match that as closely as possible.
Run the CPU-Z utility program and the Memory and SPD tabs will get you the information you need.
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July 11, 2010 9:19:19 PM

I bumped a Core 2 Quad up from 4 GB to 8 GB and there was no real boost in performance. Superfetch used it all up to be sure but I dont really think it was worth it.
July 12, 2010 6:20:00 AM

what do u think i should do to get the best performance out of my pc?
July 12, 2010 6:39:45 AM

Overclock your E6850.
July 12, 2010 6:51:16 AM

how do i overclock it?
July 12, 2010 7:19:36 AM

In truth you need to upgrade your CPU to an i5 or i7 if you have the cash.
July 12, 2010 7:36:04 AM

what eles could i need to upgrade on my pc to be able to use a i7 cpu?
July 12, 2010 11:34:17 AM

Ehhhhhhh.... missed the part about the Dell computer. Sorry - Dell has locked out any chance of overclocking that E6850.

Sorry, there are no real upgrade options for you. Your E6850 is just about the top dual core CPU you can have in that system. And adding a quad core Q6700 won't get you enough of a performance improvement to be worth the cost of upgrading.
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