I'm starting this thread just to revise the "discussion" that erupted back in '07 when I was asking this same question. Here's the old one, for the sake of not having to type all that up again: http://forums.filefront.com/tech-discussion/337542-buying-new-ram.html#post4025424
So I'm still thinking about buying more RAM. I heard lots of things about RAM and processors and out-of-date CPUs, but right now I'd just like to bounce some potential purchases and ideas off you. My CPU only has 2 slots, apparently, so I'd like to see if I could get the most out of that by buying a single 1 GB stick of RAM. That would bring my total RAM up from 512 MB to 1.5 GB. How would this upgrade work with my CPU and processor limitations (which are detailed in one of my posts at the above link).
This is a 1 GB stick of RAM I'm thinking may be a qualifier: Crucial 1GB DDR SDRAM Memory Module - 103484 - Buy.com
No no and no... as people said in your last thread, you want two new modules, and throw away the old one. This allows you to run dual channel, increasing your performance far more than a single 1GB stick would. You're better off buying another 512 stick and pairing it with the old one. If not, two 1GB sticks.
Hmm...so you think I should remove the 512 and then use both slots for two 1 GB sticks? I'll look for a 2 GB package, but it might be harder to find (apparently most RAM is now at least DDR2, not DDR).
Not hard to find, at all. The cheapest one is from Kingston which is a decent brand and is only $10 more than what you posted for twice as much memory.
Great! Thanks for the recommendation.
What are other things that I need to consider in terms of compatibility? In other words, what sorts of things could mean that the RAM would not work with my CPU? Is it okay that your recommendation is 184-pin? Would there be physical space inside my tower to fit these large 1GB sticks? (Et cetera.)
Jesus man, it's RAM, it'll work fine. Stop over-thinking and just buy the freaking things.
What he said.
I'm nervous after my purchase of a GeForce FX 5500 a few years back. It appeared to be just great, then turned out to have some serious limitations. I was really disappointed when it couldn't do the things I'd hoped it could. Not only that, but things got pretty complicated in my first RAM thread. People have been talking about things I haven't begun to understand, so I wanted to make sure I comprehended what I was buying.
That's because the FX5500 was rubbish, frankly it was obsolete before it had a chance.
Quick questions about installation: with the tower standing upright, should the RAM slots be the vertical ones just to the top-right of my video card? Also, I trust all RAM sticks are the same size regardless of their memory, since my 512 barely fits as it is (a common phenomenon in efficient use of space).