Solved

How to Choose RAM

Posted on 2006-06-21
4
273 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
Ok I have been in this situation several times and I never really know the best way to approach it. I am fixing a computer and the RAM is bad. I want to replace it so I pull out the RAM. Sometimes the RAM has a sticker sometimes not. In the cases where I can't tell for sure what RAM I need what should I do.

I have noticed that RAM comes in several types and I usually know if it is SDRAM or DDR RAM. What i don't understand is the speed within that seperation.

For example I know that I have DDR in my hand it has no sticker on it how would I know if it will work in my computer or not?
0
Comment
Question by:dallasgrp
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 69

Assisted Solution

by:Callandor
Callandor earned 250 total points
ID: 16951004
SDRAM has 168 pins and DDR has 184 pins.  The "notches" are different also.  Your best bet is to look up the computer on www.crucial.com or www.kingston.com and see what they recommend - they will guarantee that what they sell works.
0
 
LVL 16

Assisted Solution

by:Joe
Joe earned 200 total points
ID: 16951402
If it is a namebrand computer you could also go to http://dealnews.com/memory/ and select the make and model of the machine and it will list RAM for the machine.

Joe
0
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
Marc Z earned 50 total points
ID: 16951524
Callandor points you to the best location for RAM searches.  They will even tell you what RAM to use with the Motherboard (Mainboard) you have installed. You will need that info, if you don't have the original Model number of the Computer system.  Keep in mind, the motherboard may not be the original from the manufacturer, so your best bet is to use that number, not the case model number.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dallasgrp
ID: 16953844
Great work guys. That was a really helpful answer.
0

Featured Post

Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
is it safe to leave a micro SD card inside the slot when shutting down Windows 8.1? 9 74
SSD mSata 250GB 37 99
DVD BURNER 2 44
Screen Resolution samsung monitor 7 16
What do we know about Legacy Video Conferencing? - Full IT support needed! - Complicated systems at outrageous prices! - Intense training required! Highfive believes we need to embrace a new alternative.
In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expe…
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

756 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question