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Memory help 512mb + 256mb???

By duffguy
Jun 26, 2006
  1. my cousin got a computer with only 256mb RAM. So now i was thinking i get him a stick of 512mb. My question is can if i put in a 512mb stick will it combine memory with the 256mb stick? here is the LINK to the memory im going to get him.
     
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    yes it will, it will giver you 768mb of ram, but it is not recomended to mix different size, speed ot brand of ram

    your optimal soultion if you can afford to get 512x2mb or ram and get 1gig
     
  3. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    o ok can u send me a link to one please?
    my budget is 60 bucks and i cant seem to find one at newegg
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    It also depends on the motherboard. Some, such as my MSI, are tolerant of mixing different speeds. Of course, if you want to use dual channel mode, they have to be installed as pairs but each pair can be different.

    Check the motherboard manual to see what will work.
     
  5. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    I have 768MB on my system, the original 256MB, and i added a 512MB and its never given me any problems


    .....AMD
     
  6. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    he has the same motherboard as me and we both got ours pre-built so i dont got the manual =(

    heres mobo LINK
     
  7. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    o he has a pentuim 4
     
  8. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    the problem is it may work and i may not wok so itsa chance

    and duffyguy what link do you want me to send you
     
  9. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    on newegg.com i cant find any RAM 1 gig 2x 512mb under my budget is tthere any other site or a specific link to memory that is really good?
     
  10. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

  11. russ

    russ TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I had 512mb on system and added 256 with no problems.
     
  12. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    like i said



    it may work but mixing ram isnt good and there always chance for faluire
     
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    duffguy, I followed the link you provided and looked at the manual for your motherboard. It appears you can use different capacity RAM modules without problems as long as you don't exceed 1GB per slot.
     
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +107


    What's the speed of the 256MB? Then go from there. Most memory can go from PC2100, PC2700 to PC3200. MSI is another story. You can try to install the RAM and see if the system doesn't beep at you or not boot-up. If it boots up then you can get 768MB, if not then there is RAM for under $60 you just have to search for it. www.pricewatch.com is a good place to start.

    Slot 1 256MB
    Slot 2 512MB

    If this doesn't work move them around 512MB in slot 1 instead. Sometimes it might work then again it might not?
     
  15. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    o ok thanks mailpup apperciate it
     
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  17. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 125

    hmm by reading that FAQ i guess i shoudlnt do it but would u guys like the 256mb memory speed? i think it was a pc2100
     
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