RAM Upgrade on Dell Dimension DIM3000

By perserd
Apr 14, 2009
  1. I have four Dell Dimenson 3000 desktops with only 256mb RAM. I want to increase RAM with at least 1GB RAM each.

    I purchased four-1GB sticks of "CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200C2PT" and now I understand that this stick is NON-COMPATIBLE with my computer.

    I performed a 'memory search' on Cosair's website and it only came up with one 1GB stick that IS compatible: VS1GB333, DDR-333 (PC-2700). BUT, an examination of the RAM in the computer already reveals it is a 256MB of DDR-400, PC-3200U.

    Question: Why does a stick of DDR-400, PC3200C2PT NOT work and why does Cosair's site suggesting a stick of DDR-333, PC2700??

    Question: What RAM SHOULD I get to upgrade my four desktops from thier existing measly 256MB RAM existences??
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Have you actually tried using the four modules you've purchased? They might work just fine, even if they're not on the QVL or something.

    To answer your questions:

    They test a set number of modules with an individual system and then market those as making the Quality Vendor List or "QVL". The RAM on that list is basically 100% guaranteed to work with your motherboard, however, that does not mean other RAM won't work.

    Try your newly purchased modules if you haven't...
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