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Newbie: Should I put in high quality RAM?

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September 21, 2003 3:10:57 PM

Hey there. I've got a Compaq S3000nx (crappy I know) that I'm planning on putting in some more RAM, it currently has 256. I'm going to upgrade to 512 and was just wondering if I'd be better off to take out the old PC2100 256 that's in there and put in something like Crucial RAM. Think it'd be worth it. Shuold I go with 2X256 or 1X512. What's the difference? Thanks!
September 21, 2003 7:50:57 PM

The brand of the RAM really doesn't matter all that much. The only thing that would make a preformance increse was if you changed from PC2100 to PC3200 or something, but your motherboard can't handle higher quality ram, so just buy a stick of 256. The compaq RAM will be just as fast as Crucial RAM. At least at PC2100 speeds.
September 21, 2003 8:15:25 PM

On the Compaq site it says I can get up to 1GB of RAM. So if I put in 2 X 512 PC2100 of any brand I should be fine? Will it work with just the 1 X 512?
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September 25, 2003 3:39:46 PM

September 25, 2003 4:39:10 PM

Buy the 512 plus use the 256 you allready have. Unless you want the 1 gig it's up to you.
September 25, 2003 6:04:09 PM

I was under the impression that I had to have 2X256 or 2X512 and couldn't mix. Am I able to mix or shuold they be in pairs?
September 25, 2003 6:53:07 PM

<A HREF="" target="_new">This link doesn't give me much to go on.</A>

Okay... you have two DIMMs.

You probably have a crappy chipset with a limited memory controller. Either way I would stay within Compaq's guidelines of 1024MB.

With that being said, you can buy one stick of 512MB of PC2100 or two and ditch your existing stick or buy one and insert that existing stick.

So you will have 512MB, 1024MB, or 768MB based on which option you choose.

You can buy some Crucial if you like or someone elses. <A HREF="" target="_new">Here is a link to Crucial if you don't want to look around for yourself.</A>