help ... brain ache ... memory needs

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lisa burrell

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sorry lads to do this to you

Can you help me decide please what memory i need for my computer

computer details

Mesh pc

my processor is AMD ATHLON XP 2200+ 1.80 GHZ. 256mb of ram

pc board is a asus A7v8x


memory slots avail 3

memory type avail

(thanks to cruical for this)


1GB CT12864Z335 DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 128Meg x 64
£68.99 ex. VAT
£81.06 inc. VAT*
1GB CT12864Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64
£68.99 ex. VAT
£81.06 inc. VAT*
512MB CT6464Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 64Meg x 64
£33.99 ex. VAT
£39.94 inc. VAT*
512MB CT6464Z335 DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64
£33.99 ex. VAT
£39.94 inc. VAT*
256MB CT3264Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 32Meg x 64
£16.99 ex. VAT
£19.96 inc. VAT*
256MB CT3264Z335 DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 32Meg x 64
£18.99 ex. VAT
£22.31 inc. VAT*
128MB CT1664Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 16Meg x 64
What does this mean? £9.99 ex. VAT
£11.74 inc. VAT*
128MB CT1664Z335 DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 16Meg x 64
£10.99 ex. VAT
£12.91 inc. VAT*


sorry i cant do all this (Again thanks to cruical for this)

To make sure you don't exceed the maximum memory for your system, subtract the amount of memory currently in your system from the maximum memory listed in your system specifications. For example, if your system can take a maximum of 512MB RAM, and you currently have 256MB installed, you can install up to 256MB of additional RAM (512MB - 256MB = 256MB).

Many DDR and all DDR2 desktops and motherboards have a built-in feature called dual channel that allows you to utilize the bandwidth of two modules at the same time. For these systems, you need to install modules in pairs for maximum performance, so if you’re going to be adding 512MB of memory, you are better off buying two 256MB modules, as opposed to one 512MB one. Again, this information is noted in the Memory Advisor tool to help you get the correct solution.

to hi tek for my little brain So what would you chose please
 

Jowl

Active Member
I'd go for a single 1gb Stick of PC3200 memory or a single 512mb PC3200. Put this in the first slot and move your exisiting 256 into the 2nd slot.

so...

1GB CT12864Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64
£68.99 ex. VAT
£81.06 inc. VAT*

or

512MB CT6464Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 64Meg x 64
£33.99 ex. VAT
£39.94 inc. VAT*



You don't say why you are wanting more memory (apart from 256mb is on the low side).....is it just to speed up the machine or do you have a particular use in mind?
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
512MB CT6464Z335 DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64
£33.99 ex. VAT
£39.94 inc. VAT*


Get yourself 1 or 2 sticks of the above, ideally get 2 and run them dual channel, with your existing 256 bunged in the extra slot.

TBH it doesn't really matter if you get PC2700 or PC3200, but your existing RAM will be PC2700 so any higher would just clock down to that speed anyway... :)
 

Paul Shirley

Active Member
The A7V8X board seems to have some unfortunate memory support issues, the more slots you use the slower it goes. Ideally it looks like its best to replace the existing RAM with a single 1gb PC3200 DIMM, in practice reviews suggest leaving the old 256 DIMM in and running at PC2700 won't actually be slower! You don't need to worry about dual-channel, its not supported.

So: get a 1gb PC3200 DIMM, try it alone and with the existing DIMM, use whichever configuration seems fastest in your normal use.
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
Its an XP2200 CPU (166mhz), so PC3200 won't actually be any faster than PC2700.. not that it particularly matters either way :)


TBH I'd save myself £40 and just get 1x 512MB stick, now I think about it.
On a CPU that age you're not going to be doing anything where the extra RAM would be missed anyway..
 

Jowl

Active Member
I'm not sure this mobo supports dual channel...but it's only a minor thing with the cpu.


3200 costs no more than 2700 RAM generally....so you might as well go for that.
 
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lisa burrell

Guest
Paul Shirley said:
The A7V8X board seems to have some unfortunate memory support issues, the more slots you use the slower it goes. Ideally it looks like its best to replace the existing RAM with a single 1gb PC3200 DIMM, in practice reviews suggest leaving the old 256 DIMM in and running at PC2700 won't actually be slower! You don't need to worry about dual-channel, its not supported.

So: get a 1gb PC3200 DIMM, try it alone and with the existing DIMM, use whichever configuration seems fastest in your normal use.


yes decided to do this the brainy boys at work had there say and said Do you play games i said no what do you use your computer for? browsing the net i use fellows CD label software a great deal i use Nero to burn Cd's but to run even these two applications together is a bind now for this computer.
so there advice was just buy another block of 256 and that will do you.

But tell me if i thinking right. I'm thinking of say next year when the computer starts running slow again for what ever reason there's nothing in it much. if i buy, as you said 1gb my computer is then future proofed. the book of words from Asus says i quote supports a bandwidth of 3.2gbs to provide enhanced performance BTW pc world selling 1gb for £51.99

People are telling me OK... 256 alone is not enough memory for xp to work well
so may i ask if this is correct. Why do we all see adverts in or daily press selling us computers with 256 and windows xp ?
 

andrew1810

Active Member
lisa burrell said:
People are telling me OK... 256 alone is not enough memory for xp to work well
so may i ask if this is correct. Why do we all see adverts in or daily press selling us computers with 256 and windows xp ?
XP Will run on 256Mb for basic office and web browsing, but it runs quicker with more and should you ever need to run anything else (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Games etc.) it will run really slowly with only 256Mb
 

Jowl

Active Member
Put what you can afford in now!

Windows runs much better with 512m and will be great with 1gb.

Your machine is already classed 'obsolete' but really that's rubbish - as long as it does what you want it to do.

If it starts running slower again, you'd gain more advantage next year by wiping it and re-loading windows. Drastic but there's loads of crap that gets installed over a couple fo years!!
 
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lisa burrell

Guest
Jowl said:
Put what you can afford in now!

Windows runs much better with 512m and will be great with 1gb.

thanks..:smashing:

well cheesed of today I'm loaded up with all the info in the worlds i need to buy memory.. I'm tuning up my roller skates to venture down to pc world in Poole to get some of this memory which on line is advertised at £51 99 I phone the PC world number in our phone books to check availability, which answered in sheffield by the way. only to find the man at the other end says how much? we have no memory that cheap of that quantity, On line they say they have. Said in Poole we have seven sticks left of the memory you require and its something like £83.. Bummer ...
 

Jowl

Active Member
Order from Crucial....normally next day delivery...2nd day at most. Good, quality stuff and it works!

(and worth paying a little extra for!)
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
I agree with Jowl - I buy all my memory from Crucial - if you use the motherboard selector you can't buy the wrong type - cheap, free and fast delivery and lifetime warranty...
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
lisa burrell said:
1GB CT12864Z40B DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64
£68.99 ex. VAT
£81.06 inc. VAT
Two of these, get rid of the 256mb, and i'm pretty certain that Asus board supports dual channel memory.
 

spuddler

Active Member
Hi,normally with PC World,reserve(on webshop) want you want to pick up in store & print off the confirmation sheet it shows you.Pick the product you have reserved take to the till & show them the reserved confirmation you have printed off.When i have done it they don't say a dickie bird etc,you just pay the price you have seen on web etc.

Cheers BOB

ps If i remember rightly,you don't have to give any personal info etc,So if you change your mind,just don't go to shop & buy it.
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
Whetever you buy, buy Crucial :thumbsup:
 

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