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Advice on ram upgrade

Posted on 2009-07-01
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"Supports dual channel DDR2 400/533/667/800, using four 240-pin DDR2 DIMMs.
Supports the memory size up to 4GB  
Supports 1.8v DDR2 SDRAM DIMM  "
These are spec's from my motherboards webpage.
I've included a few screen shots of some products, but there seems to be a big difference in prices and I'm not sure which is compataible with my board.
thanks.
I hope these screen shots aren't too small to read....hmm

 

 

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Question by:jodyfaison
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by:dbrunton
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Presumably your motherboard is the MS-7310.

Which memory?  It depends on what you are doing with this machine.  High performance wanted?  Then you'll go for the pricey stuff.  Not too concerned with performance?  Then you'll go for the low priced stuff.

That Corsair XMS2 is for the high performance.  Ultimate gamer type memory or lots of performance wanted.  But the motherboard manufacturer is giving you a warning that you may need to tweak the voltage for the memory in the machine so that it will work properly.  Or not.  No guarantee there.  The Corsair will permit voltage tweaking.  That's why the price difference.

The others don't indicate any form of voltage tweaking.  They are expecting only 1.8 volts.  Will they work properly at 1.8 volts?  No idea.  You might have to tweak the voltage and hope they don't break down to get performance.  They should take a modest voltage tweak with no problems.  Or if you don't want to tweak the voltage you should be able to change the frequency downwards from 6400 to 5300 for the memory to work properly.
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by:jodyfaison
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Yes it is the ms-7310. I meant to put that... sorry. That's an impressive surmise though!
As for it's primary usage - well, not a gamer at all, but a power user for sure. Lots of installed programs, but relatively small databases and office apps, not many graphic apps-
An occasional video edit and conversion. I also play around a lot with Visual Studio 2008.
I do like to open a lot of things and have a many start-ups.

I've just been reading, though, a little about my newly installed Win 7, and I didn't realize that it barely uses 4 gigs. I have 3 installed, Maybe I should just sit tight?
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If you've got 3 Gb I wouldn't bother.

You'd get about 0.5 Gb more approximately depending on your graphics card and other devices installed.  That's probably not worth it.
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by:jodyfaison
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I agree, but I do appreceate you insight.. thanks, j
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