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Choosing the right RAM

By Rainemaida
Dec 23, 2005
  1. Okay, I currently have a Intel Pentium 4 2.8 MHz processor, Dell Dimension 4600 Motherboard, and (2x128)MB (PC2700) DDR SDRAM. My question is, can these sticks fit into my computer? They're "CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory"
     
  2. Rainemaida

    Rainemaida TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no...? ====[[[[[[[[
     
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    you need to go to dell website and check their support section to see what speeds of ram your motherboard supports. or run a utility like SIW or PC Wizard 2006 to find out what chipset your motherboard has.
     
  4. Rainemaida

    Rainemaida TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, I dl'd and Ran Pc Wizard 2006, now what info do I need to find to compare it to?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Do what iss suggested. Use the info about ur mobo chipset from PC Wizard 2006 to go to that specific manufacturer's website and check out what speed of RAM ur mobo supports. For example if u have a VIA chipset. Go to www.viaarena.com
    Or tell me the chipset name and i'll get u the info.
     
  6. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

  7. Rainemaida

    Rainemaida TS Rookie Topic Starter

  8. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    I use 865 motherboards, I have no memory compatiblity issues. But I have Asus motherboard with regular BIOS updates, and your Dell may not. The Corsair should be fine, but no garentee.
     
  9. Rainemaida

    Rainemaida TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, I'll try her out I guess. I might try and contact a local computer guy, I just don't want to have to pay any consoltation fees or whatever. Sorry I'm such a noob at hardware and stuff.
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Yeah ur chipset supports the memory ur buying. Upto 4 GB of DDR400 184-pin unbuffered SDRAM is supported, so u'll have no problems at all.
     
  11. Rainemaida

    Rainemaida TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you.
     
     
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