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Upgrading Ram On a HP Pavilion Media Center PC m8100n

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July 12, 2012 4:22:38 AM

Hey guys, im looking to upgrade my memory on a HP Pavilion Media Center PC m8100n. So far I have upgraded my graphics card to a GT240 and it works fine. Everything else is default.

Its the same PC from this website: HP Pavilion Media Center PC m8100n Or you can click THIS LINK for more information about my PC.

I want to atleast get 2-4GB more RAM so I can run stuff better. At the moment I have the default RAM which is 2x1024MB & 2x512MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory.

So far I have been looking at G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model F2-5300CL4S-2GBPQ

and

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model CT25664AA667

I want to know if those would work or if there are better ones. I want to keep my price below $50 with shipping but $40 and below would be best. I have the default power supply of 300W. Not sure what company but my GT 240 is working on it fine. I can open up my PC if required for more information. Thanks.
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July 12, 2012 4:26:08 AM

either is fine , i recommend gskill tho i never tried crucials before
July 12, 2012 4:30:33 AM

Im kinda scared with teh gskill because on one of the review it says,

"Cons: The ram installed perfectly and my PC booted fine and recognized it (I have 3 1gig sticks of DDR2 PC2 5300 in it allready) I took out 1 of the sticks to fit in the 2 2gig sticks I baught but as soon as the PC trys to play any sound the speakers emit a lout high pitched screaching sound (I use a TV as a second monitor via HDMI with the sound through the HDMI disabled so I can use my 5.1 surround PC speaker system, but the screaching sound still plays through the TV speakers somehow even with the sound disabled). I took out the freshly installed ram and the sound works perfectly, put in JUST the new sticks and same problem. I tried every combo with the old/new ram but no dice, this ram has got to be faulty"

I have 3 sticks of RAM also and I dont want to take them all out. Il just take like 1-2 out and then install the new ones so i need the new ones to work with my old sticks. I would also like to get 4GB more RAM if I can find some under $50 with shipping. Im also afraid that if I add more RAM sticks it might not work with my power supply since its only 300W and I already put in a GT240.
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July 12, 2012 4:40:43 AM

u got 4 DIMMS why take out any of the rams u can install it along with em..ive never had the mentioned problem before but if it'd give u peace of mind get the crucials...and dun worry about the wattage the amd uses low power anyway so u r ok,i wouldve gone with ATI if i were u btw
July 12, 2012 5:14:14 AM

h3sham said:
u got 4 DIMMS why take out any of the rams u can install it along with em..ive never had the mentioned problem before but if it'd give u peace of mind get the crucials...and dun worry about the wattage the amd uses low power anyway so u r ok,i wouldve gone with ATI if i were u btw


Im going to have to take one out am I not? Since all 4 slots are already filled.
July 12, 2012 5:32:03 AM

The HP Pavillion requires all of the ram slots to be occupied so if you intend on upgrading the ram, you have to have 4 x 2gb =8gb

G.Skill are specific to certain motherboards - INTEL / AMD
http://gskill.com/products.php?index=41

The Crucial would be best (cheapest, also) and would suit the HP

300 watt PSU is rather poor, best to upgrade to 600 watt.

July 12, 2012 6:54:18 AM

TenPc said:
The HP Pavillion requires all of the ram slots to be occupied so if you intend on upgrading the ram, you have to have 4 x 2gb =8gb

G.Skill are specific to certain motherboards - INTEL / AMD
http://gskill.com/products.php?index=41

The Crucial would be best (cheapest, also) and would suit the HP

300 watt PSU is rather poor, best to upgrade to 600 watt.


Can I just like buy 1 or 2 and then keep the ones already in my PC there? All 4 slots would still be occupied, just by different RAM sticks. Would I have to upgrade my PSU?
July 12, 2012 3:37:55 PM

Addsome said:
Can I just like buy 1 or 2 and then keep the ones already in my PC there? All 4 slots would still be occupied, just by different RAM sticks. Would I have to upgrade my PSU?


you may have problems with mixing different brands of ram
July 12, 2012 3:39:58 PM

captaincharisma said:
you may have problems with mixing different brands of ram


Is it still possible?
July 12, 2012 3:41:27 PM

Are you running the 64 bit version of Vista or Windows 7? If not, you computer won't be able to recognize over 4 GB. You could buy 2 x 2 GB memory modules and have a total of 6 GB.
July 12, 2012 3:43:52 PM

I can upgrade to 64 bit once I get the RAM. And I cant have 6GB becasue I only have 4 RAM slots and 2 are full with 1GB sticks and the other 2 with 512MB sticks. So I would have to remove atleast the 512MB sticks.

This was actually looking very good:
Corsair PC2-5300 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-667 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

Would it work?

Im just worried that mixing different brands of RAM might bring problems.
July 12, 2012 4:02:21 PM

Typically as long as the speed ratings and type of RAM are the same you can mix different brands. Yes, you would have to remove the 512 MB sticks to install the 2 GB sticks.
July 12, 2012 4:14:29 PM

So the Corsairs I listed above would be fine for my PC?
July 12, 2012 5:09:31 PM

I was also reading this thread, [Solved] Buying RAM compatible with RAM from 2007
and found out that voltage for my new RAM should be the same as my old so that they can be compatible. Should I open up my PC and see what RAM is already in there? And if the corsairs will work?
July 12, 2012 5:15:02 PM

you could do that. if you use a program called CPUZ it may be able to tell you that info too
July 12, 2012 5:22:58 PM

Just checked CPUZ and I have 2 512MB RAM sticks from Samsung and 2 1GB RAM sticks from Samsung aswell. Some how all 4 have the same part number which is M 378T2953EZ3-CE6. They all use 1.8V.

1GB DDR2 667MHZ Desktop Computer Memory - Samsung M378T2953EZ3-CE6

On amazon it says they have 667MHZ but in my CPUZ it says 333MHZ. That wont make a difference right? If I get RAM with 667MHZ?
July 12, 2012 5:29:06 PM

I also found my motherboard(or atleast I think it is) on the HP website. Maybe this might help in finding me the cheapest and best RAM.

MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2)

Would I be able to use PC2-6400 (800 MHz) RAM sticks with my current PC2-5300 (667 MHz) RAM sticks even it both have 1.8V?
July 12, 2012 5:34:56 PM

The clock speed for the RAM is 333, but it is DDR (double data rate) meaning it runs at 2 X the clock speed or 666 MHz. The 667 MHz is actually correct because the 333 MHz is actually 333.3, making the DDR speed 666.6 or 667 MHz if you round up.
July 12, 2012 5:41:46 PM

hard tio say. the best case scenario would be that the ram would just run at the speed of the slowest ram
July 12, 2012 5:45:02 PM

Typically faster RAM can be run at a slower speed if all other specs are compatible.
July 12, 2012 5:45:26 PM

So it would be better to get the corsairs or the team elites? Never hear of team elite before. Im not going to be upgrading all of my RAM, only the two 512MB.
July 12, 2012 5:47:52 PM

I would personally go with Corsair's as I haven't heard of Team Elite.
July 12, 2012 5:50:36 PM

Its just that I cant seem to be able to find the voltage of the Corsair's.

Edit* Found it, it is 1.8V. Im probably going to get the Corsair's. Hope they work :/ .
July 12, 2012 8:32:38 PM

Bump
July 12, 2012 11:58:35 PM

Bumpidty Bump. Come on guys I need to buy RAM before tomorrow. Thanks.
July 13, 2012 4:35:23 PM

Anyone?
July 14, 2012 6:01:35 AM

Aww come on guys, would the G.Skills work with my old RAM? Is it the best ones I can get for my motherboard. Just need some more help and then I can actually buy them...
July 15, 2012 10:16:29 PM

bump...
July 16, 2012 1:22:47 AM

This media HP PC is only suited to a Vista OS, you will find it difficult to get drivers for Windows 7 x64.

The PSU was only for the PC as when you bought it. Any hardware replacements will require a PSU upgrade, as I stated earlier, get a 600 watt PSU.

All the ram slots need to be occupied so you have to get 4 x 2gb ram, and not mixed ram with existing ram.
July 16, 2012 7:36:36 AM

Mixed ram will not work at all?
July 27, 2012 9:42:33 PM

Addsome said:
Mixed ram will not work at all?

From my experience mixed ram should work but it will only work at the slowest ram that you have. Not sure where the info came from where you needed to have all of your memory slots full... i have the the exact same mother board and have been running with 3 empty slots for a year now. My problem is that when trying to upgrade my one full slot from a 1 gig 4200 DDR2 533MHz to a 2 gig DDR2 800 MHz i get either a BSOD or no boot. I may need to up the voltage but i dont think my bios has that option. The MB is supposed to max out at 4 gig with 533,667,or 800 MHz.
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July 16, 2013 8:17:54 PM

In general, OEM Based systems like HP, Dell etc have limited BIOS access and that limits the possibility any tweaks (maybe you can do one or two but not all). So when using advanced RAMs like GSkill, more oft you are likely to you have to set something manually. So in my experience sticking with value ram is better for OEM based systems and you can go with advanced memory for custom built PC.

Mixing different speeds of memory will work but the highest speed will default to the lowest speed that is installed. But it should work in most cases. Those are unable to use the 2GB module try resetting the CMOS, then update the BIOS and then install the memory.

@euchre1o. Max is 8GB and not 4GB. Check this link.

Memory upgrade link for Media center m8100n:
Crucial.
Kingston

Non-memory manufacturer sites like newegg, memorystock, amazon, memoryx tend to have these memory.
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