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Recommendations needed for Dell Studio 540 RAM Upgrade

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February 26, 2012 3:11:47 PM

Hey all,

I'm looking to upgrade my RAM by about 4 gb from my current 2x2gb setup (DDR2). My current mb is the Dell 0M017G. CPU is the Q8200. Price range would preferably be <$30.

I have 2 extra slots so another 2x2gb probably would work? Or should I replace the crappy 2x2gb setup that I have (Hynix PC2-6400 (400 MHz))? Any suggestions/advice would be most appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

PS. If I didn't post the right information, let me know and I'll get it posted ASAP. :bounce: 

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a c 128 } Memory
February 26, 2012 3:58:41 PM

If you already have hynix, then stick with it if you can find it at a good price. Your dell doesn't have any bios adjustments for the ram speed; so no matter what brand you buy, the speed will remain the same. I use craigslist to shop for used dell products, so you may get lucky and find some that match your current ram.
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February 26, 2012 4:06:39 PM

o1die said:
If you already have hynix, then stick with it if you can find it at a good price. Your dell doesn't have any bios adjustments for the ram speed; so no matter what brand you buy, the speed will remain the same. I use craigslist to shop for used dell products, so you may get lucky and find some that match your current ram.



I'm really new at upgrading computer stuff, so correct me if I'm wrong: I saw a thread in TH that said that their Studio 540 could handle 800 mhz DDR2. Would you recommend me look for those types or stick with 400 mhz?
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February 26, 2012 4:15:39 PM

You're confused. Your ram speed will register as 400, but it's actually 800. this is common with cpuz and many bios readings. pc6400 is what you want to match your current ram.
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February 26, 2012 4:56:35 PM

o1die said:
You're confused. Your ram speed will register as 400, but it's actually 800. this is common with cpuz and many bios readings. pc6400 is what you want to match your current ram.


Ok, thanks a lot!
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February 26, 2012 4:56:47 PM

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February 26, 2012 11:22:34 PM

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