Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

a question about ram (probably a stupid one, but i need some help)

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

a question about ram (probably a stupid one, but i need some help)

Old 08-30-02, 12:46 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,102
a question about ram (probably a stupid one, but i need some help)

i am wanting to put more ram in my pc. i am currently running an amd athlon 850 mhz with 256 mb of ram (i dont know what kind) and i was wanting to put another stick of 256 in. btw i am almost a complete moron when it comes to upgrading stuff in my pc.

first question is how much will it speed u my pc? i have heard that 2 sticks of 256 does not equal one stick of 512, is this true?

second question is what is the best kind of ram to get? i havent checked what my motherboard supports and i am ignorant to why ddr ram is better and what not, so any and all explanations would be helpful.

third question is what price should i expect to pay for a stick of 256?

i am running win xp pro if that makes any difference. any advice/suggestions/and general imparting of knowledge would be appreciated.
nchhabra is offline  
Old 08-30-02, 06:20 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: WashingtonDC
Posts: 1,182
i'm not sure how much the speedup would be--maybe someone else with a similar system can answer.

is your computer a particular model and brand? if not, do you have a box or manual to the motherboard which might tell you what the motherboard is? This info would make it much easier to answer with certainty.

i'd guess that your computer is running PC133 memory (as opposed to DDR) but you'd definitely want to know for sure before buying new memory. 256 PC133 RAM is pretty inexpensive these days, you could probably find a deal for ~$30, but definitely less than $50, i think.
Eeyore is offline  
Old 08-30-02, 06:37 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk God
 
twikoff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Right Behind You!!!
Posts: 79,497
with winxp.. yes, another 256 will make a noticable difference
yea, 256mb chips will give the same performance as 1 512 chip

and for price.. as mentioned above.. it all depends on what type of memory you need.. sdram, ddr, rambus, etc...
twikoff is offline  
Old 09-03-02, 11:17 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,102
Originally posted by Eeyore
i'm not sure how much the speedup would be--maybe someone else with a similar system can answer.

is your computer a particular model and brand? if not, do you have a box or manual to the motherboard which might tell you what the motherboard is? This info would make it much easier to answer with certainty.

i'd guess that your computer is running PC133 memory (as opposed to DDR) but you'd definitely want to know for sure before buying new memory. 256 PC133 RAM is pretty inexpensive these days, you could probably find a deal for ~$30, but definitely less than $50, i think.
here is my motherboard info if someone could help. it is a gigabyte GA-7IXE. how do i know if i need to choose 133mHz vs 100 mHz 256 mb dimm ram?

here is the info about my motherboard
nchhabra is offline  
Old 09-04-02, 11:19 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 2,644
Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 or
Gigabyte GA-7IXEH?
skar is offline  
Old 09-04-02, 12:34 PM
  #6  
Stealth Moderator
 
namja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: High Definition
Posts: 24,970
Open up your computer and look at your current RAM. Hopefully it will say whether it is PC100 or PC133.

If you're not sure, then just get PC133. It's backwards compatible with the PC100.
namja is offline  
Old 09-04-02, 12:37 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Rosemount, MN
Posts: 30,552
From the website:

MEMORY
16MB to 768MB DRAM size
3 x 3.3V DIMM sockets
Supports 64/128/256 MB SDRAM DIMM module
Supports ECC type DIMM module (72bits)


Okay, you want the 256 pc133 memory. I would personally recommend Crucial. It's been a good performer for me and it's quality stuff. A little more expensive, but worth it IMHO.

As I understand pc133 v pc100. Let's say your mobo can't handle 133...then it automatically runs at 100. But 100 cannot run at 133, so you sacrifice performance.

You should notice a decent improvement in bootup time and application loading time, along with a host of other little tweaks.
Draven is offline  
Old 09-04-02, 05:09 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,102
thanks for everyone's advice and help.
nchhabra is offline  
Old 09-04-02, 05:34 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: in da cloud
Posts: 26,196
Re: a question about ram (probably a stupid one, but i need some help)

Originally posted by nchhabra
i am wanting to put more ram in my pc. i am currently running an amd athlon 850 mhz with 256 mb of ram (i dont know what kind) and i was wanting to put another stick of 256 in. btw i am almost a complete moron when it comes to upgrading stuff in my pc.

first question is how much will it speed u my pc? i have heard that 2 sticks of 256 does not equal one stick of 512, is this true?

second question is what is the best kind of ram to get? i havent checked what my motherboard supports and i am ignorant to why ddr ram is better and what not, so any and all explanations would be helpful.

third question is what price should i expect to pay for a stick of 256?

i am running win xp pro if that makes any difference. any advice/suggestions/and general imparting of knowledge would be appreciated.
Crucial is pretty good. As far as speed, it depends on what you do. Some things are CPU heavy, some memory heavy others stress the hard disk and I/O.
al_bundy is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.