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What kind of memory should I get?

By kpc1280
Jan 29, 2005
  1. Hi, everybody I`m going to upgrade my memory and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions.

    Right now I have 2 sticks of Smart modular technologies 256mb ddr 333. it doesn`t seen to be doing the trick so I am going to get 2 sticks of 512mb.

    I want to know if I should look for a particular brand (good enough for gaming) and if any body has Kingston value ram I want to know if that`s any good.

    Also should I go from 333 to 400? does that make a difference?

    I only have 2 memory slots.

    any advice would be very helpful. thanks
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    I think the real question here is what can your motherboard handle... that will be a big factor in whether you can run 333 or 400. Post back with your motherboard and processor information and we can help you.
  3. kpc1280

    kpc1280 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    here are the specs

    the specs that I got from the HP web site for my computer (model a320n) are as follows:

    Motherboard descriptions
    Part/Feature Specification
    Motherboard Supplier ASUS
    System BIOS Supplier ASUS/AMI
    Form Factor uATX
    Processor Brand AMD
    Processor Socket Type Socket A (PGA462)
    Processor Family AthlonXP (Barton, Thoroughbred,
    Processor FSB Frequency 266/333 MHz
    Chipset Name NVIDIA nForce2
    Chipset 'Northbridge', Revision/Stepping IGP, A03
    Chipset 'Southbridge', Revision/Stepping MPC2, A04
    Super I/O, Revision/Stepping ITE, 8712F-A
    Flash BIOS Device 4 Mbit
    Memory Type DDR
    Memory Speed PC2700/PC2100
    Memory Sockets 2DDR DIMM (184-pin)
    Maximum Memory 2 GB (PC manufacturer's maximum memory
    may differ)
    Graphics Supplier NVIDIA nForce2
    Graphics Configuration On-Board
    Onboard Graphics Memory UMA up to 128 MB
    Graphics Connector AGP 8X
    TV-Out Device No
    TV-Out Configuration No
    Audio AC'97 On-Board
    AC'97 CODEC Device Realtek ALC650
    Audio Jacks Microphone, Line-In, Line-Out, Speaker,
    External Audio Connectors Microphone, Line-In
    Ethernet 10/100 LAN Supplier Realtek 8201BL
    Ethernet Configuration Integrated, On-Board
    IDE UDMA Modes ATA-133/100/66/33
    Expansion Slots AGP 8X, Three PCI
    USB Ports Six USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back)
    External Ports One Serial, One Parallel, One Floppy,
    PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse, One 1394 (front)
    Serial Port Front Chassis Option No
    Available Manufacturer On-Board Options Graphics, Lan,
    1394, 6 Speaker Mode (Dolby 5.1) Product number
    Introduction date
    Country/region sold in
    United States
    Base processor and speed
    AMD Athlon XP 2800+2.08 GHz
    Advanced 333 MHz front side bus
    Socket A
    Motherboard manufacturer
    Motherboard specifications

    I also got this discription from HP about my particular model:

    Component Attributes
    RAM (installed) 512 MB 2700 DDR (2 x 256 MB) up to 64
    MB shared video memory
    Maximum allowed 1 GB (2 x 512 MB)
    Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec
    Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
    DIMM slots Two
    Open slots None available
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