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Upgrading a Dell Precision T3500 at work. It currently has 4x1GB DDR3 1066 ECC in a triple-channel 1366 board with a Xeon E5506.

It's only running XP SP3 right now, though we plan to upgrade to W7 64-bit very soon. I would like to purchase 12GB for it, as it will be used for video production here. Can I use non-ECC ram?

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for memory brands that have good compatibility with Dell workstations?
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post #2 of 8
youll wanna go with 16GB, to keep dual channel. You should be able to use nonECC
    
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post #3 of 8
I upgraded one of these (in one of my previous jobs) from the stock ECC, to non-ECC ram without any issues (machine was used for blu-ray authoring and scenarist used memory like crazy)
The brand was Kingston (hynix chips)
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Originally Posted by OutOfBalanceOX View Post
youll wanna go with 16GB, to keep dual channel. You should be able to use nonECC
This is a 1366 board though, it has 6 ram slots?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
This is a 1366 board though, it has 6 ram slots?
OIC, some of the workstation boards actually only have 4 so I just assumed.
    
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post #6 of 8
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Yeah Dell is just stupid and put 4x1gb sticks in a triple-channel board
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post #7 of 8
That motherboard has 6 slots, so you should be fine in terms of RAM count.

It really should be avoided putting non-ECC in, but you might be able to get away with it. Do you have any regular DDR3 kicking around you can try? You can always try talking with Dell support about it.

Will the workstation be used as a server, or more as a workstation used by one person?
    
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As stated, it will have windows 7 and be used as a video production PC. It will be single-user. I think I am going to go with some kingston non-ecc ddr3
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