RAM..will this fit will this not fit?..help me please

By meNOname ยท 12 replies
Dec 17, 2005
  1. looking to add 512 mb of ram to my dell dimension 2400
    some person helped me earlier...big help he was to get me started
    i just have one final question..which he prolly answered, but i gotta be sure :)

    im pretty sure that this kind of ram will fit....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820223006

    but ive heard that you have to have the same kind of ram in each slot to use it....

    if i bought this ram would i have to take my stock ram out?
    ----thanks again
  2. spyker_C8

    spyker_C8 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    It should "fit", just make sure you have empty slots for ram.
    Not really true. You should be able to use the ram you linked to in your computer perfectly. I could go into specifics but I don't want to confuse you :knock:
  3. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    no go ahead..i dont think im completely computer stupid...
    just things you hear..i am poor though just wanted to make sure

    by the way..thanks
    gunna order it now
  4. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    having the same RAM stciks is better! IF u have the same ram sticks (same spped and capacity) and your mobo supoorts dual channel then your pc will run smoother
    and about the brand, i would recommend corsair or ocz
    at least the value ram
    but first find out what your current ram is
  5. spyker_C8

    spyker_C8 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    You can use the ram but sometimes it won't operate at the latency its suppose to(I'm new to computers too but so far, I think this only applies to AMD Athlon 64s because of their on-die memory controller). You'll get the ram to work but just not at its optimal speed.

    Also, different kinds of ram use different sockets(DDR, DDR2, Rdram, etc.) and none of them are compatible with each other.

    Another reason for why ram might not work is because the ram slot itself might be dead...

    Also if you put two different speeds of ram into your computer, the computer will run the faster ram at the speed of the slowest ram. Ex. If I put a stick of DDR333 ram in with a stick of DDR400, both ram will run at DDR333 speeds.
  6. spyker_C8

    spyker_C8 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    The performance increase with using dual channel is very slight...it depends on the application but ~10% increase in performance is usually on the high side...

    And as far as smoothness is concerned, I would personally prefer more ram than to run a lower amount of ram in dual channel.
  7. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    so i have 256 now..how do i tell if i can dual channel..
    and how does that work?

    so basically if i want more than 512 megs of ram buy 2 of the sticks at the same time, so everything will match up?
    lucky i didnt order yet....
  8. doomsweek

    doomsweek TS Rookie Posts: 39

    It should be stated in the specs or in the manual of your motherboard. :knock:
  9. doomsweek

    doomsweek TS Rookie Posts: 39

  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    put different speeds of RAM can also lead to lockups.

    DDR RAM or Duel channel Ram = Double Data Rate Random Access Memory - (DDR-RAM, DDR-SDRAM ...Synchronous...) RAM that transfers data on both 0-1 and 1-0 clock transitions, theoretically yielding twice the data transfer rate of normal RAM or SDRAM.
  11. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    thanks everyone..
    one final question before i order...
    should i take the gamble and miss match my stock ram with a 512 MB rosewill stick?
    anyone ever done that before?
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    it is never a good idea to mismatch brands and types of memory. That's asking for trouble.
  13. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    sure its not just a bunch of advertising BS?

    as in trouble you dont mean PC crashing trouble i hope
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