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RAM limitations and recommendations for Dell Vostro 460 i5

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August 11, 2011 10:28:21 AM

I recently purchased a Dell Vostro 460 and been searching for RAM to add to the system. It has i5-2400 with 4 slots for RAM. I am running Win7 Ultimate 64bit. I wanted to know what the motherboard limitations are on Ram. Not the quantity but the speed, voltage and CAS. I don't want to be buying more then the system or MB can handle, just a waste. Also will 1.65v or 1.5v be recommended ?

My goal is to have 4 x 4gb for total of 16gb

Speed ??
DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

1.65V -1.7V

Let me know if further information is needed on my setup. Thanks in advance!

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August 11, 2011 12:19:30 PM

3.10 gigahertz Intel Core i5-2400
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Board: Dell Inc. 0Y2MRG A00
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A03 02/15/2011
August 12, 2011 12:59:45 PM

Wow no replies :sweat: 

I ened up ordering the 2 of the following sets for 16gb

Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX

I was able to get the Memory for $35 after rebate and its recommended by Tom hardware.
The memory may be over kill for my computer but I will try Memset to get the most out the RAM
Anyone know what specs I should set the RAM at?
Also what are the ramifications with adjusting just the RAM settings?
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August 12, 2011 4:32:02 PM

Probably too late since you already purchased the RAM but...

Dell Vostro 460 Specs

Under the Tech Specs tab it states up to 16GB DDR3-1333 RAM. The DDR3-1600 RAM may just automatically slow down to 1333. As far as tinkering with the RAM settings, I wouldn't know. (sorry)

-Wolf sends
August 12, 2011 4:33:48 PM

it might slow up to 1333, but the difference between 1333 and 1600 isn't that huge.

You might also check the BIOS to see if you can manually 'overclock' the ram to its actual timings.
August 12, 2011 5:41:29 PM

The price different wasn't' to great and I think I got a really good deal on this memory
Dell bios won't let you change anything
I've been researching and found a program Memset that will let you set the RAM's specs in windows
Not sure how well that works