wondering if i could upgrade to 1gig

By g.freeman ยท 11 replies
Aug 27, 2005
  1. alright i want to upgrade my ram to a gig but the problem im concerned about is if my motherboard can handle it.

    imnot sure if this is ever a problem or not but ill ask anyway

    i have a Intel D850BG motherboard and it takes RDRAM from my expiereince, but the man from gateway instant chat said it takes 184 pin type of SDRAM

    but my question is can that main board handle the extra 512 ram

    oh and by the way it takes 2 sticks and i was planning on getting 2 sticks of 512 each
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    The Intel i850 chipset supports RDRAM from Rambus which you can still get on newegg but they're quite expensive. They need to be installed in pairs so 2x 512mb would be your only option.

    You can get them from Corsair (LINK) but the only 512mb DIMM I could find was ECC & very expensive.
  3. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    ...wow thats a bit expensive

    im sure if i look around i can find something cheaper

    oh and do u think its even worth upgrading it? or should i just get a new main board and then build off that?

    thanx for the help btw.
  4. puncrawcboi92

    puncrawcboi92 TS Rookie Posts: 49

  5. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    WOW, that is expensive. Time to get a new board.
  6. urbandragon

    urbandragon TS Rookie Posts: 231

    if 200 bucks is the cheapest for 1 stick of it i would recommend you upgrade your entire system to say something like an XP3000(400mhz fsb) or possibly an AMD64, that support DDR.

    I recently purchased an xp3000(barton) with an ABIB NF7(nforce chipset) and a gig of DualChannel DDR for just over 300 including shipping from newegg.

    if your ram is gonna cost you 200 bucks a stick.. i would move away from it..
  7. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    ya i guess u guys r right i just need a new main board... ugh... such a drag. oh well im guessing everything i have will still be compatible with a new main board accept RAM rigt? cause i dont want to start all over again from scratch

    oh and urbandragon did u mean the ABIT NF7-S V2 socket A or the S2 or the S2G

    cause if its good i might think about it too
  8. Neuron

    Neuron TS Rookie


    You could just purchase a cheap RDRAM terminator to put in the other slot, if you wanted to have only one module. But, yea RDRAM is costly and although is is alot faster and has better performance, it's probably not worth it. Get some cheap SDRAM.
  9. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    well my pc cant use sdram so i guess ill just go with a new motherboard and all prbly end up cheaper in the end

    the guy from gateway said it uses sdram but it doesnt. so if u have any recommendations on motherboards id be interested in post em if u like
  10. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    Just get a new board $40
    2 sticks of 512 PC 3200 $38 each on newegg
  11. Neuron

    Neuron TS Rookie


    Is that for RDRAM?...thats pretty cheap. I know most companies dont make it anymore. They are completely different from SDRAM, in that it uses RIMMs instead of the SDRAM DIMMs. So you really couldnt shove a RIMM into a DIMM socket...well I guess you could but you'd probably need a new motherboard afterward :) .
  12. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    No, thats for DDR RAM, PC 3200.
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