New Ram

By lbrtdy · 6 replies
Feb 1, 2008
  1. hey everyone i am currently using a emachines t6528, I only have 365mb ram. and I am considering buying new ram. what are some stuff that i need to watch out for? can i just buy the most ram possible? or can it over load my system? anything will help! thanks!
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    watch out for over priced stuff
    look at neweggs deals on kingston value ram
    just make sure its the right ram
    no don't think you have to worry about ram consuming to much power not on that machine
    though would not hurt to invest in better power supply if you don't intend to do major upgrade
  3. lbrtdy

    lbrtdy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how do i check what ram i need? thanks!
  4. DeepMartin

    DeepMartin TS Rookie Posts: 54

    according to the Emachine website and the number of your computer that you gave T6528


    CPU: AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ processor with AMD 64 Technology
    (2.2GHz, 2000MHz system bus, 512KB L2 cache)
    Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (SP2)
    Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100
    Memory: 512MB DDR (1 × 512MB), 400MHz (PC3200)
    Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 GPU
    Up to 128MB of shared video memory
    PCI Express (PCIe x16) slot available

    if this is the right information then we can tell you what ram u need

    but you say you got 365mbs of Ram but they say you have 512mb (if we add the 128mbs of shared video it only totals 493mbs

    so i am not sure if this is your computer or not
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    The New Math........

    Bios reserves some RAM as well, so 128MB + 385MB = 493MB which sounds about right.
    The problem here is the DDR (1) 184 pin DIMM (s)
    While the price of DDR2 has bottomed out, (I just bought a 2 X 1GB kit of DDR2 800 Mhz RAM for $44.99), the price of DDR has not. The same amount of RAM in DDR is $105.99. This is a link to Kingston "Value RAM"; It's much slower and it's more than twice as much money, which sucks big time.

    Anyway, do we know how many RAM sockets are on this board yet? Or how much new memory are we hoping to install? IMHO the most cost effective (obviously) is to install another 512MB in the at least one empty socket (cross your fingers), which should be there, and try to be satisfied. 'Cause beyond that you're in for the whole $106.00 worth. The performance jump from a half gig to a whole gig should be fairly respectable. (the 1 extra 512)
  6. lbrtdy

    lbrtdy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah today i just opened up my machine and i have 2 extra slots available for extra ram. but just wondering, what is the difference between DDR and DDR2 ram? can a machine using DDR not work with DDR2 ram?

    and also. is there a "max" amount of ram u can put into one slot? or it will over load?
    and what are the power requirements for new ram? is it a huge amount?


    btw. yeah on my machine it says that it has 512 mb ram. but when i go to control pannel > hardware and look over there. it says that i only have 365 or so..
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520


    DDR RAM is a 184 pin package, DDR2 is a 240 pin package. One won't go into the other's socket without using a hammer. If you use a hammer, it will no longer work.

    The actual load on a power supply from added RAM is very low, and (for the most part) needn't be considered.

    The missing memory issue has been addressed (pun intended) see above. Here's another hint, the video card is using it.

    If I don't post this guide, Tedster will; Please take a few minutes and read it.
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