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I don't know which RAM, or how much.

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September 24, 2012 5:56:53 AM

I have spent a long time not paying attention to the evolution of computer hardware, and now that negligence has caught up to me. A year ago, a friend helped me upgrade my system, and due to an oversight by both of us, we ordered a motherboard with only 2 RAM slots. As I had 4x1GB sticks, he offered to trade me for 2x2GB that he had. The RAM he gave me was abysmal. I ran a memory test and discovered that one stick was almost apparently almost completely worthless, and the other was showing signs of...something. I don't know or remember what, because I didn't understand it. What I did understand was that I needed new RAM. I initially started by searching for the cheapest 1x2GB RAM I could find, and so far it has left me wanting.

What I am requesting here is a little guidance toward re-making my system into the moderately satisfying gaming rig I had before. While I do enjoy gaming, I am not a hard-core night owl needing the absolute best. I will settle for mediocrity.

Thank you in advance, and here are what I believe are the relevant system specs, according to CPUZ.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
RAM: Corsair XMS2 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

Please let me know if there are any other relevant pieces of information you need to formulate a recommendation for me.

Thanks again

PS: I put this topic in the Memory section because I am reasonably sure that is the defining problem. If I am wrong, I apologize for the mistake.

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September 24, 2012 8:27:35 AM

Gigabyte is pretty specific on the ram that board will handle with the following statement "2 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory" found here (for rev 3.3)
this was the only 4GB dual channel 1066MHz DDR2 ram I could find at 1.8v or less
Not cheap for sure, there may be other options if budget does not allow for that but they won't be too much cheaper.
September 25, 2012 12:42:33 AM

$70 for 4GB is actually a price I can work with!

Thank you very much for your help, like I said before, my knowledge is lacking, so I appreciate your help very much!
October 13, 2012 2:38:32 AM

Best answer selected by ima_gnu.