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Adding RAM to a Dell.

By wibtr
Sep 24, 2007
  1. I think Im going to buy a Dell Inspiron 531, with 1gb memory. I was thinking of adding another gb myself, because it would be cheaper than buying the upgrade from Dell. I have recently heard that Dell systems are picky with what memory can be added. Will I be able to throw in some memory from new egg? Suggestions on a brand or type?
     
  2. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Crucial. As long as you use their memory scanner it's garanteed to work. I got some for my E521 from them.
     
  3. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    What do you mean by memory scanner?
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    yes, start by reading the upgrading ram guide in the guides forum.
     
  5. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Thanks. So the best thing to do is find out what motherboard I have? Should I just wait until I buy the computer, and read the manual?
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    it is always best to RTFM. buying ram without a motherboard is like going fishing without a pole.
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  8. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    thanks for that kp.
     
  9. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    a picture alone won't tell you what you need. Go to the manufactuer website and ask for the spec book or download it, or just wait until you buy the board and you can RTFM. Quit being in such a hurry. That is a recipe for disaster.
     
  11. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Well, I'm assuming that this is at least a decent motherboard, if Dell uses it. Im gonna buy the PC soon.
     
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,715   +89

    Find out what type of RAM you need for your model.. I would go to www.kingston.com and see what you need. Then try the other sites that sell the RAM cheaper than DELL.
     
  13. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,715   +89

    DELL Latitudes same model except for business
     
  15. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Thanks. But I crossed over the motherboard numbers from the manual, so I think that is it.
     
  16. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    That crucial site says I have to install matching pairs. So I cant just add 1gb of crucial to the 1gb my dell already has? I cant mix and match?
     
  17. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    1.That is not the mobo
    2.You have 4 slots. 2 are probably in use. What ever you decide you should get a kit (2x512 for 1GB). As long as the new ram is the same mhz it will all run at the same speed and in dual-channel mode.
     
  18. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    did you read the guide?
     
  19. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Yes, I have read the manual and crucial guide. What threw me off is crucial saying I have to install memory in matching pairs. Which I assume means that I shouldnt mix 2 different brands in one slot. There are 4 memory slots total. Each slot has a 1gb max. So I can have the original Dell 1gb in one slot, and add a crucial 1gb in another?
     
  20. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Please follow me (or open your case and LOOK at it)
    4GB maximum
    4 total slots
    1GB maximum per slot
    memory sticks sizes from 64mb to 2GB
    DUAL-CHANNEL memory requires 2 matched sticks (size,speed,make and model)
    If you have 1GB now it's probably 2x512mb sticks using 2 slots, leaving 2 open
    You can:
    buy 2 more 512mb = 4 slots used, 2GB total
    buy 2 1GB sticks = 4 slots used, 3GB total
    remove the 2x512mb sicks you have and replace with:
    2 1GB sticks = 2 slots used, 2 free = 2GB total
    4 1GB sticks = 4 slots used, 4GB total

    Time for a beer
     
  21. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

  22. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  23. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

  24. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  25. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    I am just about to buy an Inspiron 531, with AMD 64x2 5600, 1gb ram, 320gb hard drive. And I want to add another 1gb of ram myself. Also looking for a video card. Dell offers the 8600gt for $150.

    And I know google is my friend. I have done a lot of research on my own. But my knowledge of the subject is still very limited. I find it easier to ask the specific questions I would like answered, from people who know what they are talking about.
     
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