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So my computer at work only has 1gb of DDR 200 ram and I have to use it to test some very recent games and it just barely gets by. It's very frustrating at times to say the least. So I'm going to ask my boss if he'll approve me upgrading the ram. It's got 4slots, with 2x 512sticks right now, so I figured I'd buy 2x 1gb DDR 400 sticks to pop in there and have a nice 3gb machine. Cheapest ram I've found so far is got G.skill and after shipping it's 99.98. Anyone think I should do this or does anyone else have a cheaper suggestion on how to improve the performance? Or a cheaper place to get the ram?
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if it already has DDR200, getting 400 is useless, as the speed will be matched to the slowest stick in the system. your best bet would be another 2x 512mb DDR200.
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Or take out the 2x512 DDR200 and just go with running 2x1GB DDR400.
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post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Modki View Post
Or take out the 2x512 DDR200 and just go with running 2x1GB DDR400.
Do what modki says.

Buying DDR 400 and putting it in DDR 200 would be pointless. Anything above 2GB for XP is pointless with every test i've done (And I have 4GB)
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Do what modki says.
I like the sound of that. Ok everyone take off your pants and cluck like a chicken.

But back to being serious, seriously, What's the specs on this machine, Model number, etc?
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post #6 of 7
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I like the sound of that. Ok everyone take off your pants and cluck like a chicken.

But back to being serious, seriously, What's the specs on this machine, Model number, etc?
Well from what I've been told it is a hand me down from one of the programmers in the company, it's an older Dell XPS. Just looking at CPU-Z it's got a Pentium 4 @ 3.4GHz with 1gb DDR 200 ram (produced in '04 >.o) And the graphics card is a 7800gs.
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Sounds like all you would need is that 2x1GB kit. I'd make sure the board supports DDR400. Just take a couple sticks from another computer to test.
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