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I'm trying to help a friend get his Dell PC running a little quicker. It's a Dimension 4600i with a Intel Springdale-G i865G Chipset and a Intel Pentium 4 2800 MHz (21 x 133) CPU. He's ready to buy RAM, but I really have no idea what to suggest to him that would be compatible other than what Dell's website is selling. And those prices are ridiculous. He has a max budget of around $150 at this point.
    
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I would have to reccomend these :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145450
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I was kinda looking at those and some other PC3200's until I read somewhere that only PC2700 will work. It was on another Dell forum, so he may not know what he's talking about. I've got to admit, I'm an AMD boy and really have no idea what Intel's specs are.
    
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You could also do the "ultimate windows XP optimizer guide". Link in enterprises sig.

And correct me if i'm wrong, but can you not just get uber cheep value ram seeing as you are not overclocking as it is a....*shudders*....dell.
    
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Originally Posted by kaxx
I was kinda looking at those and some other PC3200's until I read somewhere that only PC2700 will work. It was on another Dell forum, so he may not know what he's talking about. I've got to admit, I'm an AMD boy and really have no idea what Intel's specs are.
PC3200 should still work it will just be clocked down to PC2700 speeds.

However as mentioned for a little tune up of the OS perhaps check my Sig for the Windows FAQS as it may help you.
post #7 of 14
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Well, he's obviously not OC'ing at this point with his current setup. He does seem interested in PC's so he may possibly be interested in it later on down the road. I'm mainly just curious if anyone can guarantee some type of $150 or less RAM works with his Dell. I'm having a problem installing a video card in his machine possibly due to compatibility issues, or the fact that Intel is Greek to me.

Oh, I've also already gone through some of that Optimizer on his system and it helped out a lot, but he's only got 256M of RAM.
    
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256, Ouch
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post #9 of 14
Well 256 RAM will pose a large issue it has to be said. Btw just to let you know Intel and AMD still have the same computing basics.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by BenHagerty
256, Ouch
Yeah, I laughed when he told me what he had.

So is dual 512's better than a single gig?
Could he get 2 more 512's later on of the same stuff and run quad sticks or will this lose efficiency like an AMD system?
    
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