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Old 03-17-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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I would like to add memory to my ancient system, just 128mb, to keep it on the cheap side, along with a 20 gb (max) hard drive so I can run linux. (faster and cheaper than partitioning my 12 gb drive)

I have a 168 pin memory slot aviable, and the question I have is the speed of the memory. I have seen PC133 and PC100. Which should I use? I looked in my computer (in windows) and it said my FSB speed was 100MHz, so I was thinking I need to use PC100.

As for the hard drive, what is the difference between Ide Ultra ATA100 and Ide Ultra ATA133? Again, I was thinking that that is the speed, and I would need ATA100, because of the speed of my FSB.

One final question: what hard drive and memory would you reccomend? I want as cheap as possible (Under $50 total, with shipping), but without sacraficing too much quality.
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Old 03-17-2006, 10:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: adding memory and hard drive

This is almost your only choice for a 20gb hard drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148051

Are you sure, because thats 30.00 dollars, and this 40gb is only 12.00 dollars more.. But much much faster. Because the first one is a 5400rpm drive, and this one is 7200rpm. Very noticable increase. And well worth 12.00 dollars.

As for ram..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820133012

Thats under 20.00 dollars.

Although.. if you said under 50.00 shipped, check out this..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223038

Okay, well thats about 60.00 shipped. But its 512 memory. But if you HAVE to stay under 50.00 then I reccomend this 256mb ram...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820153107


Sorry, I cant answer your quesions.. Because im not sure..
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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I'll see if I can answer the other part. ATA100 and ATA133 is the speed of the transfer rate. ATA133 meaning it has a theoritical data transfer speed of 133Mbps.

Yes, you can use PC100 but if your PC supports PC133, it is faster.
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I'll see if I can answer the other part. ATA100 and ATA133 is the speed of the transfer rate. ATA133 meaning it has a theoritical data transfer speed of 133Mbps.

Yes, you can use PC100 but if your PC supports PC133, it is faster.
So using ATA133 or PC133 is like pluging a USB 2.0 devise into a USB 1.1 port- it will not mess it up?

ArrizX_MuziK- I have a gateway with a Pentium, so that ram you mentioned (128) will not work. And what do Unbuffered and Cas Latency mean?
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:56 PM   #5
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Nope, not at all. If your motherboard specs are what you say they are, they will hold up to it. If you choose to use a slower hardware device, the interface will step down to the slower RAM or hard drive.
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