So i bought a Dell Poweredge 1425 SC recently. It runs fine, and i am going to be installing a new OS on it. The CPU is quite powerful for it's age, but the problem is memory. It only has two sticks of 512 ram. These should be the specs taken directly from the Dell manual on their website http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/SC1425/en...
72-bit, ECC, PC-3200, Unbuffered, DDR II SDRAM, DIMMs, rated for 400-MHz operation
Memory module sockets
Memory module capacities
256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB
256 MB (one 256-MB module)
12 GB (when available)
I want at least 2 GB if not 4 GB of memory.
I am wondering what ram i should get for it. I cannot find memory in that exact specification for less than $112 for 2 gigs from dell's website. And i am wondering if other ram will work in it, ie: cheaper ram.
I looked and could not find the same kind of memory. This is what Crucial suggests:
From what I read about that particular Xeon processor, it uses EMT 64, which is a kind of 64 bit emulation for memory purposes, so it can use 64 bit amounts of ram. I believe it can run a 64 bit OS, but it is not as stable as a 32 bit. The OS installed on it right now is 32 bit.
So it should be the compatible memory? No workaround possible, would be shame to have to spend 20 bucks more than i spent on the whole system to get 2 gigs of memory.
Went with the Kingston option off newegg, more expensive, but I feel i know what I am getting. There are a lot of fake memory modules floating around.
Thanks for all your help, and I hope it works as intended, this will be quite a little server when I have it running 64 bit Linux.
Hopefully newer releases of Linux will run it well, it is Red Hat certified, but only for RHEL 3 x86_64 so we will see. At least the memory wont be an issue. (It only has 1 gig in it right now 4 more will help a lot.)
Thanks again for helping me with my first server memory buying search, which was not as easy as i first thought.