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Memory upgrade? need help

By duffguy
Dec 30, 2005
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  1. My computer is really slow so im thinking of upgrading my 256mb RAM to 2 sticks of 512mb RAM. I found this one at newegg but im not sure if its very good. The item is here

    also wats the difference between a ecc memory and a non ecc ?
    thank you
  2. moshambo

    moshambo Newcomer, in training

    You would need to post your motherboard specs/model and your current computer specs before we could say anything about that.

    Moshambo
  3. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    i already did that i need a pc2100 ddr sdram. Here is my computer info just in case:

    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2666 MHz (20 x 133)
    Motherboard Name MSI 661FM2-V (MS-7060) (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset SiS 661FX
    System Memory [ TRIAL VERSION ]
    BIOS Type Award (08/10/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    [ Memory Modules / A0 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Socket Designation A0
    Type DIMM, SDRAM
    Installed Size 256 MB
    Enabled Size 256 MB

    [ Memory Modules / A1 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Socket Designation A1
    Installed Size Not Installed
    Enabled Size Not Installed

    [ Memory Devices / A0 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Type SDRAM
    Type Detail Synchronous
    Size 256 MB
    Total Width 64-bit
    Data Width 64-bit
    Device Locator A0
    Bank Locator Bank0/1
    Manufacturer None
    Serial Number None
    Asset Tag None
    Part Number None

    [ Memory Devices / A1 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Device Locator A1
    Bank Locator Bank2/3
    Manufacturer None
    Serial Number None
    Asset Tag None
    Part Number None
  4. Ruder

    Ruder Newcomer, in training Posts: 134

    ECC ram uses parity checking, is slower, and used in servers. Normal comps use non ecc ram.

    There are 2 types of RAM - average and good. All RAM chips are manufactured by a single manufacturer anyway. PQI is probably average ...
  5. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    HOw bout THIS one?

    o also if i get that 2 sticks of 512 can i throw away my current mem stick?
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Yes, if you wish.

    Did you know that your motherboard supports DDR 400 memory? Check your motherboard manual or if you don't have it, check the downloadable one from the MSI website. That's what I just did. You should consider getting 2x512MB 184 pin DDR 400 (PC 3200) RAM instead of DDR 266 (PC 2100).
  7. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    I didnt know that i thought i can pnly get pc2100. Ill see if they have some at newegg.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    You'll find plenty of choices there.
  9. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    Is this a good ONE
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Corsair is an excellent brand and that is a good choice, IMO, especially for the money.
  11. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    If i get this my computer will go faster right? Can i run my games without it lagging out?
     
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Sort of. There is more to it than that. The new RAM will certainly help enable your PC to run high end games and now it won't be a bottleneck but your graphics card will have the most influence. What is it and what games are you playing?
  13. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    Well when i play counter strike 1.6 or cz i always get timed out and it when i play it lags like the first 15 minutes then the lagg goes and comes back. My latency goes 2000+. I dont have a v card i have a sisfx interegated 16mb =(So im concerned if i should either buy a v card like the nvodia fx5500 or that 1 gig of RAM
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Your RAM is low and needs to be upgraded for games but between the two, you need a better graphics card first (IMO). Fortunately, you have an AGP slot.
  15. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    I have an agp? I see 3 slots and 2 are taken and theres 1 more under those 2 and there anotther sloton top of those white slots but its like more in the mother board ill try to get a picture of the mobo so you can see.

    But if i get a grapghics card will that increase my computer speed?
  16. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    Here is a PICTURE
    of my mobo.

    o also founnd some more INFORMATION
    but its in a diff launguage but the specifications are easy to read
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    The brown slot in the picture is the AGP slot.
  18. David Alexandru

    David Alexandru Newcomer, in training Posts: 43

    it's not what i would hope to buy.....go for a 3200 from kingmax or kingstone....or get a turbo pqi
    3200 means it has 400 mhz ....and get 2x256 if you have dual channel
  19. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    My budget is 70 bucks what agp card should i get? How will i get my monitor wire pluged in the card when the card is inside my computer that far?
  20. David Alexandru

    David Alexandru Newcomer, in training Posts: 43

    you might consider a 9550 with 128mb, a 9200....or 5200 ,5500 from nvidia
  21. Spikyalex

    Spikyalex Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

  22. duffguy

    duffguy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 201

    I found a nvidia fx5500 card HERE is the card information. It has a price i can deal with
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