Buying memory

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Somewhat embarassingly, despite having a reputation as a computer
person, I've actually *never* upgraded RAM by myself, and have
absolutely no idea how to proceed. My last encounter with memory
upgrades was in 1996 or so, when I went from 8MB to 16MB on my old
AST. Since then, SIMMs have become DIMMs, and there seem to be 40,000
different kinds of RAM.

I have a Dell 8100, and while the Dell website recommends a certain
configuration, I figure there have to be better deals (better and
cheaper) on RAM out there. What's the best to get? What do different
types signify? (DRAM/SDRAM, etc.) Is there any point in getting it
from Dell?

Thanks,
-D

-D
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "David Goodwin" <ksg1-2@yifan.nyet> wrote in message
    news:mbnr70p5h6cmn17scj220bs1ehrpm3qkgd@4ax.com...

    > I have a Dell 8100, and while the Dell website recommends a certain
    > configuration, I figure there have to be better deals (better and
    > cheaper) on RAM out there. What's the best to get? What do different
    > types signify? (DRAM/SDRAM, etc.) Is there any point in getting it
    > from Dell?


    Easy and full proof way to get the right RAM at a decent price is to go to
    www.crucial.com. Use their memory configuration wizard and it will tell you
    exactly what RAM you need.

    --

    Rob
    Q: "What did the redneck say right before he died?"
    A: "Hey ya'all watch this!!"
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    EXCEPT for a Dimension 8100, which requires RDRam and Crucial does not (and
    never has) sold RDRam.

    Stick with the previous recommendation of zipzoomfly or newegg. Remember,
    like the previous poster said, matched pairs of PC800, 16-bit.

    Tom
    "Robert R Kircher, Jr." <rrkircher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:GL2dnTQiD9lwQuDdRVn-uA@giganews.com...
    >
    > "David Goodwin" <ksg1-2@yifan.nyet> wrote in message
    > news:mbnr70p5h6cmn17scj220bs1ehrpm3qkgd@4ax.com...
    >
    > > I have a Dell 8100, and while the Dell website recommends a certain
    > > configuration, I figure there have to be better deals (better and
    > > cheaper) on RAM out there. What's the best to get? What do different
    > > types signify? (DRAM/SDRAM, etc.) Is there any point in getting it
    > > from Dell?
    >
    >
    > Easy and full proof way to get the right RAM at a decent price is to go to
    > www.crucial.com. Use their memory configuration wizard and it will tell
    you
    > exactly what RAM you need.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Rob
    > Q: "What did the redneck say right before he died?"
    > A: "Hey ya'all watch this!!"
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    All true, but the original post said "Dell 8100". This could be an
    Inspiron 8100, for which memory can be purchased from Crucial!

    Tom Scales wrote:
    > EXCEPT for a Dimension 8100, which requires RDRam and Crucial does not (and
    > never has) sold RDRam.
    >
    > Stick with the previous recommendation of zipzoomfly or newegg. Remember,
    > like the previous poster said, matched pairs of PC800, 16-bit.
    >
    > Tom
    > "Robert R Kircher, Jr." <rrkircher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:GL2dnTQiD9lwQuDdRVn-uA@giganews.com...
    >
    >>"David Goodwin" <ksg1-2@yifan.nyet> wrote in message
    >>news:mbnr70p5h6cmn17scj220bs1ehrpm3qkgd@4ax.com...
    >>
    >>
    >>>I have a Dell 8100, and while the Dell website recommends a certain
    >>>configuration, I figure there have to be better deals (better and
    >>>cheaper) on RAM out there. What's the best to get? What do different
    >>>types signify? (DRAM/SDRAM, etc.) Is there any point in getting it
    >>>from Dell?
    >>
    >>
    >>Easy and full proof way to get the right RAM at a decent price is to go to
    >>www.crucial.com. Use their memory configuration wizard and it will tell
    >
    > you
    >
    >>exactly what RAM you need.
    >>
    >>--
    >>
    >>Rob
    >>Q: "What did the redneck say right before he died?"
    >>A: "Hey ya'all watch this!!"
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    You need to add pairs of PC800, 16-bit RDRAM RIMMs. Ordinarily, Crucial
    (www.crucial.com) is the best source for memory, but they do not sell this
    type of RAM.

    Give www.zipzoomfly.com or www.newegg.com a look.

    You need not buy from Dell, but check their prices - RDRAM is expensive no
    matter where you buy it, but sometimes Dell's prices are decent. Figure on
    $110-120 per 256 MByte RIMM (you need to add them in matched pairs).


    "David Goodwin" <ksg1-2@yifan.nyet> wrote in message
    news:mbnr70p5h6cmn17scj220bs1ehrpm3qkgd@4ax.com...
    > Somewhat embarassingly, despite having a reputation as a computer
    > person, I've actually *never* upgraded RAM by myself, and have
    > absolutely no idea how to proceed. My last encounter with memory
    > upgrades was in 1996 or so, when I went from 8MB to 16MB on my old
    > AST. Since then, SIMMs have become DIMMs, and there seem to be 40,000
    > different kinds of RAM.
    >
    > I have a Dell 8100, and while the Dell website recommends a certain
    > configuration, I figure there have to be better deals (better and
    > cheaper) on RAM out there. What's the best to get? What do different
    > types signify? (DRAM/SDRAM, etc.) Is there any point in getting it
    > from Dell?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > -D
    >
    > -D
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