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[bold]how do you purchase ram?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by theoipod, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    hi,
    i'd like to buy some memory for my pc but i don't know what to buy or where.All i know is that my computer currently has: size:512mb type:ddr
    channel:single
    frequency:200.9MHZ. motherboard:hp salmon
    PLEASE HELP what ram do i buy?
     
  2. theridges

    theridges Guest

    you can buy ram anywhere almost all pc stores or bestbuy,circuitcity,comp usa.....first check your motherboard and see what you can upgrade too and how many slots you have to put ram....
     
  3. BigDK

    BigDK Regular member

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    Try this link to give you an idea.
    There is a blue button half way down the right hand side with scan my computer on it.
    It will tell you what you have and what you use max.
    Obviously when you know, you can either go with the Crucial which is good memory, or just get the same type from another manufacturer.

    http://www.crucial.com/store/listmfgr.asp?cat=RAM
     
  4. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    thanks,
    the crucial site really helped the information I got of it is:DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64

    so now i can go to a pc store and give this information and they will know what i'm talking about
     
  5. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    ANOTHER QUESTION how do i make the difference in between quality ram and bad quality ram?
     
  6. BigDK

    BigDK Regular member

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    Best RAM I've used is Corsair TwinX Pro XLL.
    Any Corsair is good, Crucial is good RAM.
    Mushkin is v.good.
    OCZ.

    If it some obscure make that no-ones heard of, or unbranded, then its not going to be that clever.
    Either way, as long as it works it should be okay.
    Better RAM will let you bring the timings down and overclock it easier, it will also work at higher voltages without blowing.
    Your not going to be worrying about that on that motherboard, so any suitable memory from a reputable supplier will be okay.
     
  7. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    see that's my problem i've don't know anything about ram!!!


    is it hard to install?
     
  8. theridges

    theridges Guest

    no if you buy the right kind you just put it in and lock it down really really easy......
     
  9. BigDK

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    As just said, its very easy to install.
    Make sure you are using anti-static protection when holding it, it can only go one way around in the slot.
    It will either just push down and then the two clips on the ends just push inwards to lock onto 2 cut outs, or it will need to be put in at a slight angle and then pulled into upright position where a clip on each end snaps into position.
    This depends on what your board supports (how old it is)
    http://compreviews.about.com/od/tutorials/ss/DIYDeskMem.htm
    http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/installing_dimm_memory_ram.htm
     
  10. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    thanks for all the help here is my last question:

    DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64

    so now i can go to a pc store and give this information and they will get the ram for me?
     
  11. theridges

    theridges Guest

    yep sounds right.....
     
  12. theoipod

    theoipod Guest

    great thanks for all the help
     
  13. BigDK

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    Glad you're sorted!
     
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