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4GB or 8GB will it be a waste on my specifc laptop?

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July 18, 2011 4:23:52 AM

Hello I have a Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX laptop and am planning on upgrading the memory.
I am not sure if I should just upgrade to 4GB or max it out at 8GB. I am aware that this laptop is bad for gaming and can't afford to buy a better computer at the moment.

Currently it has 2GB on it right now and is running windows XP 32-bit, becuase I have read posts on other sites saying that it is necessary to have 4GB run windows 7 64-bit, and I figured it would run better on xp so I installed my windows XP on it, but I plan to switch back to windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit after I buy more memory.

I ask because I want to know if I get the 8gb am I just wasting my money for this particular laptop?

my specs are as follows
Windows XP SP3 (Originally Windows 7
Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX
AMD V140 2.3Ghz single core processor
2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM SODIMM 204pin memory.
AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 700MB display memory


Please and thank you.

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July 18, 2011 9:47:17 AM

for your Laptop 2Gb is enough and if you upgrade to 4GHz, this need a lot of money : buy OS 64bit and new driver 64bit (maybe very hard find driver ), max add ram is 8GB. i think waste money and time at all.

Just info maximum ram is 8Gb in OS 64:
http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/compatible-memory-for/HP...

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July 18, 2011 4:07:15 PM

its not necessary to have 4gb of ram to run windows 7 64bit you can run it fine on 2gb of ram-- its only if you are running over 4gb of ram on a 32bit windows that it wont let you use it all so then 64bit is needed to use it all
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July 18, 2011 6:04:51 PM

If you aren't running any demanding programs or lots of programs simultaneously, than 2 gig is fine for XP. I definitely wouldn't put more than 4 gig in for XP. Other than that, save your money for a new system.
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July 18, 2011 8:45:27 PM

ok so 8gb is overkill and I plan to re install windows 7 64-bit so I will just go with 4gb then, even though it can run with 2gb but, since I can't afford upgrading entirely I will just go with 4gb until then and thank you all for the useful information
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July 19, 2011 9:05:14 PM

Best answer selected by zchs1988.
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February 25, 2012 4:09:38 PM

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