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n00b question, pc-133 price gaps

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February 19, 2004 4:14:56 PM

i am looking to update my system memory so i was checking pc-133 prices on newegg. it seems that the price tags for 256 MB pc-133 ram range from about $51 to $91.

why is one memory module nearly twice as expensive as another? what should i be looking for in a memory module?

Gigabyte 7VRXP mobo; AMD Athlon 1400+; 512 MB PC-133 memory; Radeon 8500 64 MB; Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40; LG DVD-ROM; TB Santa Cruz; Videomate Gold+ TV Tuner; NEC FE700+ monitor
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February 20, 2004 5:11:58 PM

buying the cheapest might work depending on your system but its mainly looking for touble.
With Pc133 just stick to branded sticks to be sure that you have a quality product.
Something like Kingston or corsair value ram would be a good choice...
February 20, 2004 7:25:32 PM

i would recomend crucial memory...

www.crucial.com they make some of the best sdram.

If it isn't a P6 then it isn't a processor
110% BX fanboy
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February 20, 2004 9:31:44 PM

There is also the matter of single vs double sided.
Many older mother boards would only support double sided 256MB these are/can be/were much more expensive.
Your motherboard may not support 512 or the single sided 256
provide details or check carefully before buying.
Example:
Name Status Price($Cdn_ Buy
Generic 128Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $36.00
Generic 256Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $69.00
Generic 512Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $131.00
Kingston 128Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $52.00
Kingston 256Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $105.00
Kingston 512Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $214.00
Major 128Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $38.00
Major 128Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] *8Chips* $60.00
Major 256Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $83.00
Major 256Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] *16 Chips* $125.00
Major 512Mb SDRAM PC133 [168pin] $158.00
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notice the price difference between the regular and
16chip 256?

Also note the difference of the price based on quality.

The loving are the daring!
February 21, 2004 4:32:02 AM

heh, thats the main reason i recomended crucial...

Meta what chipset are you running?

If it isn't a P6 then it isn't a processor
110% BX fanboy
February 21, 2004 10:53:26 PM

Gigabyte motherboards are not known to be picky about the ram that is on them is it? I know my ECS K7S5A was reported to be picky so I bought Samsung memory for it at the time (payed a premium for the Samsung memory also.) I bought a stick of Kingston Value Ram PC3200 memory adn tried it in that old K7S5A motherboard and it ran just fine too. Now I am using 2 sticks of the Kingston Value Ram PC3200 in my Syntax SV400 and AMD 2600+ setup. It is running fine also.

Why are you looking at buying PC133? Doesn't the Gigabyte motherboard have slots for both DDr and SDRAM? If it does buy DDR at least some pc3200 or PC2700.

Frintin Rocks!
February 22, 2004 7:18:11 AM

piii_Man,
i am currently running a gigabyte mobo with the via kt333 chipset. its been serving me quite well!


Gigabyte 7VRXP mobo; AMD Athlon 1400+; 512 MB PC-133 memory; Radeon 8500 64 MB; Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40; LG DVD-ROM; TB Santa Cruz; Videomate Gold+ TV Tuner; NEC FE700+ monitor
February 22, 2004 7:23:02 AM

Frintin,
yeah, i would really like some newer memory, but unfortunately the 7VRXP only supports SDRAM. i bought the board about two years ago, and it has been serving me well since. to tell the truth, i am trying to decise whether to upgrade the ram, or the pcu, both, or neither. :)  i may just save my pennies and my dimes for a brand new mobo and start from the ground up. in such a case, i also welcome any forthcoming recommendations. although, i must say that i am NOT in the market for a 64 bit cpu. i think ill wait for 64 bit hardware/software to become a bit more mainstream before i become involved.

Gigabyte 7VRXP mobo; AMD Athlon 1400+; 512 MB PC-133 memory; Radeon 8500 64 MB; Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40; LG DVD-ROM; TB Santa Cruz; Videomate Gold+ TV Tuner; NEC FE700+ monitor
February 22, 2004 7:33:48 AM

WAIT! Stop the presses! i just went to crucial.com, and they have informed me that my GA-7VRXP WILL take DDR ram. What a crock of S#*@!! waaaaaaait a minute........

i have just realized that my mobo users manual is for the GA-7ZX motherboard. until now, i thought that the GA-7VRXP (my mobo) was some sub-categorizaton of this "GA-7ZX". in fact, now that i check online, gigabyte sent me the WRONG USERS MANUAL! heheheheheheh
for two years i have believed that my motherboard will only accept (and i quote the manual) "only 3.3V SDRAM DIMM". wow...i am not sure whether to laugh or be pissed off. :) 

Gigabyte 7VRXP mobo; AMD Athlon 1400+; 512 MB PC-133 memory; Radeon 8500 64 MB; Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40; LG DVD-ROM; TB Santa Cruz; Videomate Gold+ TV Tuner; NEC FE700+ monitor
February 23, 2004 7:27:49 PM

is it one of those hybrids that have sdr and ddr ram slots?

If it isn't a P6 then it isn't a processor
110% BX fanboy
February 23, 2004 7:29:48 PM

its not mobos i was worried about its chipsets...

to name a few issues...

memory density on 440xX motherboards
exceeding 512mb on an 810 or 815 based board...etc

If it isn't a P6 then it isn't a processor
110% BX fanboy
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