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Old 08-31-2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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I have a dell dimension 81 and it only has 256 ram. I want to add another 512. What do I need to know about the memory before I buy it? Does it have to be dell brand? thanks for your time.
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:41 AM   #2
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First there is no such brand as dell ram , they just sell another companies ram as dell ram
In that case you can buy any ram and it should in theory work fine
Just go to crucial http://www.crucial.com/ and run their memory scanner it will tell you what you need , you can then also buy some ram from crucial which i would suggest because they gurantee compatibility
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:49 AM   #3
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=RDRAM&x=0&y=0

any of these should work

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You don't seem to mention that RDRAM also needs to be installed in pairs.

If your system really does take RDRAM (I didn't think the 8100's did), it's useless to get more ram and it's more worthwhile to just replace the entire computer.
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no but when u go to the dell site and check what memory is in the 8100 has the same

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Old 08-31-2007, 06:17 PM   #6
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dells website is expensive. ebay has 256/512 for $10. besides the amount of pins, what else do I have to make sure is compatible? I see different kinds listed like ddr or sdram. how do I know what will work? Also, Ive something about how ram has to be installed in pairs, so if I want more than 512 Id have to buy 2.
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dells website is expensive. ebay has 256/512 for $10. besides the amount of pins, what else do I have to make sure is compatible? I see different kinds listed like ddr or sdram. how do I know what will work? Also, Ive something about how ram has to be installed in pairs, so if I want more than 512 Id have to buy 2.
You cannot use DDR or SDRAM in your computer. As stated you need the special highly expensive RDRAM for your computer.

Here's what newegg has to offer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=RDRAM&x=0&y=0

Here's what zipzoomfly has to offer (You can get 512 meg for 260$ here)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...oryCode=110802

Here's what tigerdirect has to offer (You can get 512 meg for 240$ here)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...asp?CatId=146&
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If it uses RDRAM, I'd say save your money for a new system. RDRAM is expensive, besides I don't even think it's used in home computers today or if it is it's impossible to find one that uses it. Save your money and build a new system with DDR2 which is very reasonably priced. You could buy a refurbished system with DDR that you can upgrade, for the price of RDRAM.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:15 AM   #9
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wouldnt this work? this is not expensive.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SyncMax-RIMM-RAM...QQcmdZViewItem


also, would I have to add 2 matching 256 or could I buy any 256 to add to my existing one?
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Ouch I feel your pain man. My old gateway I bought had Rdram in it because it was supposed to be the latest and greatest tech. Sucks though it never took off and is highly overpriced compared to normal Sdram.

The ram you have selected there in the ebay link should work. If you can get it for that price your getting a steal.
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