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redgroupclan

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#1 5 years ago

What I know: I want to play new games, my computer has 894 MB of RAM, and people are telling me that's horribly small.

Is the situation more complex than me going to Best Buy, buying, I don't know...this, going home, opening up my computer, pulling out the old memory, and popping in the new memory, then going about as usual? Are there things I need to worry about? Type of memory? If my hardware is so poor that it would make adding a bunch of new memory like that pointless? Which slots I put the memory in? If the memory will strain my system too much? Doing something in BIOS, etc?

I took a computer hardware class, but it was pretty crappy and I've already forgotten almost everything I went over in it...so here I am![SIZE="1"][COLOR="White"]*sigh*[/COLOR][/SIZE]




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#2 5 years ago

Go to Run > Type in DxDiag, copy and paste your CPU and Video Card.

By today's standards, that is pretty low. I think the implicit norm is usually around 6-8 Gbs. But if you're looking to upgrade for the sake of new games, then not just any old RAM will do (well....it will, but not really).

Depending on how old your CPU and Video Card are with respect to the era of game you want to play well, you could be looking at anywhere between $200 & $500 in upgrade costs.

For now, just post your specs from DxDiag and we'll go from there.


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#3 5 years ago

It all depends on how old your computer is. If it came installed with 1GB of RAM, it's probably 8+ years old.

If so, then yes, it may be more difficult than going to Best Buy and picking up one of their overpriced packages of RAM.

If your computer is as old as I suspect it is, then you will have a fairly tough time finding compatible RAM for it.




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#4 5 years ago

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My computer is from 2006 I think, and even then it was a cheapo...And what's more, the current memory is after it's already been upgraded. :uhoh:




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#5 5 years ago

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh dear.

Yeah, you're just gonna have to buy a whole new computer.


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#6 5 years ago

Yeah, DDR RAM. Gross.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Value 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNT

That might work, and it might not work. I have no clue. But I agree with the buying a whole new computer thing.




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#7 5 years ago

If you want my honest opinion, upgrading that system is more trouble than it's worth. I'd see about buying or building a system with a decent Core i5 and a mid-range graphics card and 8GB of reasonably fast RAM. If you can give us some idea of your budget we can help you pick somebody out. Putting it together isn't really that hard once you've got everything picked out. If you took a hardware class it should all be pretty familiar once you get the parts in front of you.




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#8 5 years ago

If I have to get a whole new system I'm just going to give up. As soon as the cost exceeds $100 there isn't anything that can be done.

Curse my poorness. shakes fist




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#9 5 years ago

Just keep saving your money toward a new PC. You can get a pretty decent APU based setup for under $400.