We just bought a new Dell 5100 (a fine computer, most of the time) for my mother (who only uses the computer for checking email with Outlook and surfing the web with IE6), and because of her lack of need of a super speedy computer, my parents refused to believe that we needed any more than 256MB of RAM. The computer has GMA950 video (which is supposed to use 256MB by itself, but is currently set much lower), and runs Windows XP Media Center 2005. The minimum requirements for XP are 256MB, and I wouldn't be surprised if the requirements for MCE were even higher... and we're running 256MB minus whatever is being used for the video. So anyway... my dad refused to spend enough for 2 x 512MB sticks, so we have 2 x 256MB sticks on the way, and there is currently one stick of 256MB in the system. For opening outlook, logging on, logging off, and doing absoltely no gaming or anything media related at all.... would I be better off running 512MB at 533MHz, or 768MB at 400MHz? I know if it were a gaming PC there would be no doubt, but I'm wondering if I should go ahead and use 3 sticks of different speeds in my particular case. Please advise.
thats an easy one. if all she does is check email, etc. no gaming , then definintly go for the 512, she doesnt need 768 , mhz really doesnt matter in her case since she is not doing any graphic or memory intensive things anyway. Get the 512 and save some $.
We already have the 768MB. Two of the sticks are 533MHz, one of them is 400MHz. It's either 512MB at 533MHz, or 768MB at 400MHz. Also, what you said is a little contradicting. If MHz isnt important in her case, then why wouldn't I want to go with 768MB at a slower speed instead of 512MB of the faster stuff?