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Old 06-12-08, 05:40 PM
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How to ID my motherboard so I know what RAM to get?

I have two computers, my iMac and my buddy's old PC from college in my basement that's hooked up to my LCD tv. It runs Windows 2000 and is generally pretty good (It's like a 1.1ghz athlon 256mb ram good enough for surfing and itunes). However, iTunes seems to take forever to launch and I know more RAM is always good so I was contemplating getting more RAM. However, I have no idea what kind of ram it takes. It's a Gigabyte motherboard but I really don't feel like opening it up to figure out the RAM I'd need to get. The BIOS didn't reveal any details. Is there a program I can download that can tell my what motherboard I have or even just what type of RAM I'd need?
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It's probably DDR that you need. But you're going to have to find out if you have open slots or whether you can mix memory so you might as well open it up and look at what's in there now.

You can try a program like Belarc Advisor to see what your motherboard is if you can't figure it out by looking at it.
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Some online vendors' websites having "scanning tools" that are supposed to check your pc and tell you what type of RAM you can add. Don't know how good they are but...

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The Sisoft Sandra utility will probably tell you what you need to know. Motherboard details, RAM type/speed/chips etc.

http://www.sisoftware.net/

The crucial memory utility linked to above should probably do the trick as well.
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great thanks guys!
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Also, be sure to observe if you're buying double-density versus single-density RAM. If you know 100% the RAM will work with your machine, then you can get more RAM for the price as a double-density module. However, if you're looking for a virtual 100% compatible RAM, then singe-density modules are the way to go if you're not really sure, even after using online ID tools.

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