View Full Version : A question about RAM in computers.

10-08-2007, 08:42 PM
Looked up my RAM today in my old 2000 computer and its at a sad 256 Mbs. My friend was telling me that I should get a upgrade, since 256 Mbs is low. He also looked at some of my games I play (unreal '04, starcraft, diablo) and he wants to know why my computer hasn't blown up yet. (Its recomended at 700++ Mbs and I have nearly half that :fun:)

Looked up some information about the upgrade: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A0735506
(I checked if this can work with my computer, it can)

Its about a $50.00 cash out to nearly double my RAM. Is this worth it? Or should I just go berserk and get this baby:

Its about $105.00 :cry: but it would nearly triple/quaduple my RAM, making my computer run at rocket speed considering 256Mbs.

For off topic fun, I seen "supercomputers" on the internet for alot of money, but they have a monster 8 Gb of RAM. What would anyone do with all that memory?

10-08-2007, 08:51 PM
Remember, you need to buy 2 sticks, so double the prices

10-08-2007, 08:55 PM
2000 implies you are running a Pentium III/Early Pentium IV. So either way it would be like giving a 10 year old car a bigger gas tank.
Save up and buy a better computer, and Dell = Epic Fale.
There are so many things that wouldn't work out upgrading for you, I won't even bother to name them. And if you even think that this upgrade will even be close to bringing your PC back from the brink, then you are VERY sadly mistaken, my friend.

To put things in perspective, most CHEAP computers have 1GB or more not to mention exponentially faster processors and graphics chipsets.

10-10-2007, 03:02 AM
I would really recommend saving up your money and buying a new computer. You can build an entry level machine for $250 (450$ with 19' widescreen LCD and accessories) that would blow yours away and would come with 1GB of DDR2. If you really wanna buy RAM though DON'T BUY IT FROM DELL. Dell rips you off major, gives you generic ram worth 1/3 the price!

I checked out your system specs and found the best RAM for your system (Fully Compatible!):

The best value dual 512MB (1GB) kit is 60$ [55+5(S&H)]:

The best high performance dual 512MB (1GB) kit is 80$ [75+5(S&H)]:

The best value dual 1GB (2GB) kit is 105$ [100+5(S&H)]:

The best high performance 2GB(2x1GB) kit is 115$ [130+5(S&H)-20(Mail-In Rebate)]:

Being you have an older machine(and will still be using the generic ram that came with your machine) its probably not worth it to buy performance RAM. Now if you were going to totally get rid of your old RAM you might consider it.

10-10-2007, 03:14 AM
Not too much help for a 7-yr-old comp unless you upgrade just about everything in it.