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Old 06-22-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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I am preparing to get 2Gb of memory for my computer (DDR) and i have checked, and my motherboard supports it. One of my friends has suggested that it may not be wise 'Because of my processor' I wonder if he's right, so i've come here. My processor is an AMD 1800 MHz of a sort.

Anyone know, and if i can prove them wrong?

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Old 06-22-2005, 12:28 PM   #2
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haha, your mates obviously jealous.

The thing is, your motherboard supports that processor, yeah? I mean it has to to work, so if the motherboard supports 2gb, then of course the processor would be fine with it

Its not the fastest processor around, so your mate might be thinking of it in the way of the speed boost you will get, and it depends how much you have now. 1gb is usually plenty for a system nowadays, and so, if you are getting slowdowns and such on programs, it might be more the processor than anything, espiecally if you have like 1gb of RAM already for instance.

When buying the RAM though, check the speed your motherboard supports (for example, PC3200 or otherwise known as DDR400) or you'll end up buying some thats rather slow, or some that is too fast for your system.

I hope this helps
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Thanks, i'll be getting a newer processor some time soon anyways, but for now i'm übering up my memory.
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:30 PM   #4
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Kage is right, anyway, post your motherboard to check it out...
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:36 PM   #5
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Yeah, though changing the processor would probably also mean changing the motherboard, and changing the motherboard might mean that if your motherboard only supports a slow type, it wouldn't be very good to swap these RAM chips to the new machine (and 2gb costs alot of money to spend on and waste).

May I ask why you are updating your memory to this amount? Like, what made you decide to? How much do you have now?

Yeah, If you don't know your motherboard name, run this program:

http://www.lavalys.com/products/over...?pid=1&lang=en

It'll tell you the name of the motherboard, and also alot of other useful info about your computer.

We can then search on Google or something if you want for compatable RAM
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:41 PM   #6
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Motherboard Name: Jetway V4MDMP
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Here you go then :

"2x 184-pin DDR Module Socket support DDR200/DDR266/DDR333 DDR SDRAM up to 2.0GB System memory", so yes your right, 2gb is the max, and so search for that speed RAM (DDR333 to get more of a speed boost if you can as your going for maximum)
Processor support:

"Support Socket-A for AMD Athlon /Duron TM uni-proccessor at 266/333MHz Front Side Bus with double data rate"

With Socket A support, it is possible you could just slot in a new, rather new processor to get even more of a speed boost and not have to change your motherboard when you do , though take note of the MHZ front side bus when you decide to buy one.

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Would this be ideal? http://www.misco.co.uk/productinform...0%20MEMORY.htm

Or do any of you people know of a cheaper site?
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So you have 1gb already?
What do you do on the computer that you think would need more RAM? (1gb is plenty, and most people have that, or are you going to buy two of those?). Once I know this, I can tell you honestly if its a worthwhile purchase, or if you should save up for a new processor instead

That RAM is rather cheap anyway for 1GB, though it is for PC333 which isn't the fastest, though its all your motherboard supports (my PC3200 RAM for example cost me over 100 and something pound!!!)
and yes, that RAM would work fine, though if you have another 1gb chip in the system already, what speed is that stated at?
I only ask this because if the RAM in the computer already is slower than PC333 (the new stuff) then your new RAM would get slowed down by the slower RAM in there already which might have a lower specification, though might be PC333 anyway
That program up there might tell you that.

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I generally just want to make my computer run things faster, including the games i play. I've currently only got 512 of two 256 sticks, which sucks, hence, i wanted to make my computer worthy of being used again.

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hey, 512mb of memory isn't bad at all... and if you want games to work faster, it might be your graphics card giving you that problem, and memory wouldn't help with it. What Video card is it?

Making the system run faster though is the RAM's job and so might give it a boost, but may I suggest buying just 1GB? You'd get a significant boost from this, and would be good to try before opting for the extra gig which you might not even notice a speed difference with
Plus, it'd be cheaper to start off with, okay?

Trust me though when I say 1gb would be plenty

If you play alot of games and your video card is not good enough, i'd advise to get a new one too since its true when I say RAM wouldn't help that much for slowdown in games.
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I've got a Radeon 9600 series, which i think is fine. I think i will just get a 1 gb stick, and see what sorta' processor i can get myself to make it faster. Recommend me any for around the £100 mark?
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Yep, that Radeon card should be fine for playing games at around Medium quality settings, and yes, 1gb is probably the best soloution for you, at least for the moment.

Yep, i'll look for processors for you. I'll try going for the highest which it can support, and then narrowing down until I get one at the price range:

PROCESSORS:

Heres the best one available for your system (The AMD Athlon XP 3000+ (just as good as a Pentium 4 at 3.0GHZ and so excellent ):

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Product...749&GroupID=34

This is a great online place by the way, and have very competitive prices. Deliveries are also on time every time too if you order before 5pm.

This processor costs £80.99, not bad huh? and so within your budget

A slightly slower one but cheaper is available from here too (The AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (the equivilent of a Pentium 4 at 2.8Ghz):

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Product...747&GroupID=34

This one costs around £60 and so again, way within your budget, and only £10 more than that extra 1gb of memory would have cost you.

Any of these two are a great purchase, and so its completly up to you. Both are also compatable with your motherboard and will speed the system up considerably from what you have now, and also games

I hope this helps!
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Wow, yeah, i'll be getting that then, thanks alot.

You've been a great help, cheers.
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No probs It should just be a simple swap, though if you have Windows XP, it probably won't work after you boot up (too big a change for it) and so you'll have to back up everything first (DVD, external drive), then insert the new CPU and re-install windows to get it to work again, though after backing up and changing the processor, try to load into Windows to see what happens before you decide to start again.

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hmm..naru if you ever look at this. Then you'll see he solved one again!! Go kage haha.
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