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My friend gave me 2x128MB unneeded DDR sticks, should I stick them in my dad's computer which already has 2x128? I'm only asking because you all keep saying that using all 4 slots will stress the memory controller, but if it was that bad on the controller why would there be 4 slots in the first place? So anyway, will installing this ram make the controller die sooner or anything like that, or should I not worry and just install it?
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My friend gave me 2x128MB unneeded DDR sticks, should I stick them in my dad's computer which already has 2x128? I'm only asking because you all keep saying that using all 4 slots will stress the memory controller, but if it was that bad on the controller why would there be 4 slots in the first place? So anyway, will installing this ram make the controller die sooner or anything like that, or should I not worry and just install it?
I would install them.
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doubling the memory on an older machine is the single biggest thing you can do to improve its performance. assuming it's compatible, do it.
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I don't see why not, he doesn't Overclock and im pretty sure it doesnt "stress" the memory controller, might take a little more power, anyways it should be substantial difference just surfing,music,etc.
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the only drawback i've heard to using all four slots is that sometimes you have to raise your memory timings. that shouldn't be an issue here, and wouldn't matter even if it did. his computer is probably using that Paging File like crazy right now to make up for the lack of RAM. it will run noticeably faster with 512MB in it.
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post #6 of 7
if it is for your dads comp just throw it in. It wont hurt him at all, the only thing that might hurt him is if it is slower then what he has in there now so the speed will slow down.
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Alright thanks everyone, I'll install it then. rep+'s to all.
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