Should I max out my ram chips to 4gb for my dell dimension c521?

My computers stock 512mb(x2) ram chips have recently burnt out on me, leaving my computer as a big paperweight. I frequently run music programs, and graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop Cs5, and Acid Music Studio. I also have a high performance graphics card and use the computer for movies all the time. I'm sure it would be a good investment, but I'm not sure which route to go, since there are so many options. Like the following:

512MB Module 512MB-533MHz DDR2-533 PC2-4200, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

1GB Module 1024MB-533MHz DDR2-533 PC2-4200, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

512MB Module 512MB-667MHz DDR2-667 PC2-5300, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

1GB Module 1024MB-667MHz DDR2-667 PC2-5300, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

512MB Module 512MB-800MHz DDR2-800 PC2-6400, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

1GB Module 1024MB-800MHz DDR2-800 PC2-6400, 240p DIMM, 1.8v

Any suggestions for maxing it out? I run Windows Vista Premium, but I also plan on upgrading to 7.
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forums! :)

    C521 specs:
    ref http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension%20C521&pl=Dell&cat=
    Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 (non-ECC)
    Maximum Memory: 4GB
    Slots: 4
    Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

    IMO get 4X1GB or 2 kits of (2x$34 = $68) Part Number: CT787952 2X1GB http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=11555A82A5CA7304

    Good Luck! :)
  2. Are you sure it's the memory that fried? That would be really weird. If it fried because of too much heat, you need to address that too.
  3. Thanks for the advice & link!

    Well, the one I have is a smaller desktop. So It could have problems with cooling, but only due to it not being as big and spacious as a normal one. My fans work fine though. I honestly think I was running too much on the 1 gig of RAM I had. I have HUGE programs, that use a lot of memory, as well as the strong graphics card, that even requires me to use a special cord to hook it up to monitors and such. Adobe Photoshop itself takes a lot of memory to use, because its such a complex program.

    Anyways, I looked up the warning signs for what happened and the beep sequences it made after booting it back up with a disc, and they were for the RAM failure. It stopped working at first and then randomly one day, so I had it booted by the disk. I turned it on after that and it worked again, but still made beeping noises. Then about after a week or two it just stopped booting, even with the disc.
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