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foodmaniac2003

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#1 11 years ago

I want to add one more gig of RAM to my already one gig, problem is, im a total computer nub. I have no idea if my computer will take it, what type to get, and how to put it in.

This is what I got from my dxdiag:

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My Belarc Advisor:

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Also, should I upgrade my sound card?

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In fact, is there anything I should upgrade at all?




General Rommel

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#2 11 years ago

Well the information you gave us doesnt tell us which ram exactly you have, and I think your ram is the least of your worries however, if know your a FH2 fan as am I and I can see that your graphics card SUCKS. Also you dont even have a sound card, thats onboard, the ickiest of them all! It would help to get a sound card, there are good ones on

www.newegg.com




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#3 11 years ago

So, for what is about your RAM, Belarc Advisor says you have two free slots and two in use ; those two have modules of 512 MB, running at 200 MHz.

This should mean you have some "PC3200" DDR-SDRAM (aka DDR400).

Still according to Belarc Advisor, your machine is a Gateway T6420. This page : http://www.memory-up.com/Memory_Finders/DesktopSelector.aspx?se=1&modelid=14569&system=1 seems to confirm that it has some PC3200, and adds that it should support memory modules up to 1 GB each for a total of 4 GB.

That's you to choose if you want to add 2 modules of 512 so you have a total of 2 GB (but can't add more unless you change some modules) or replace the current 512 MB modules by 2 modules of 1 GB each (so you can add more later if needed). Or even just add 2 GB (but then I doubt you could use Dual Channel anymore :hmm: , having both modules of 512 MB and 1 GB installed at the same time).

For what is about your sound card, I can't say anything about that.




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#4 11 years ago

As Jill said, upping it to 2gb RAM will be very beneficial. But also, as Rommel said an X1300 is rubbish. If you can afford to up the RAM to 2gb and replace the X1300 with something better (eg a GeForce 7600GT, GeForce 7950GT or a Radeon X1900XT).

The only reason to upgrade the sound card is if you're not happy with the sound quality. It's one of those questions that if you need to ask "Should I do it?" then the answer is no.




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#5 11 years ago
foodmaniac2003 In fact, is there anything I should upgrade at all?

Well, that depends. Do you need more performance out of your computer?

What you would want to upgrade first depends on how big of gamer you are, if you do alot of gaming with newer games, replace your graphics card first. If not, get 2GB of ram first. Upgrading both would give you a good boost.

The only reason to upgrade the sound card is if you're not happy with the sound quality. It's one of those questions that if you need to ask "Should I do it?" then the answer is no.

Yeah, sound quality is the biggest reason. Your not really going to notice any better game performance, a few fps at the most.




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#6 11 years ago

Sound cards aren't expensive, and they're simple upgrades to make. You can find a decent card for $30. Not to mention that if you ever want 5.1 surround sound, you'll need a sound card (assuming your motherboards on board sound device only does stereo audio).




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#7 11 years ago

Pretty much all modern motherboards have at least 5.1 audio. It's not an economical upgrade to make given the tiny performance boost and that he doesn't seem to actually want a better one; otherwise he'd ask what one to get, not whether it's worth it.




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#8 11 years ago

I'd have to agree with Archaon on this one. Sound cards are only worth it if you have a high-performance audio system. Even then only if you need ABSOLUTE crisp sound. The marginal performance boost is not. As far as the memory goes my advice would be if you ar going to upgrade (add to), make sure the CAS Latency is the same as your existing RAM. In a lot of cases there is a sticker on the RAM stick indicating as such. Example: It'll say something like 512MB 400MHz CL2.5 NonECC Unbuffered.




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#9 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3603628As Jill said, upping it to 2gb RAM will be very beneficial. But also, as Rommel said an X1300 is rubbish. If you can afford to up the RAM to 2gb and replace the X1300 with something better (eg a GeForce 7600GT, GeForce 7950GT or a Radeon X1900XT).

Im thinking of the 7600GT, but there seem to be so many types :(

For my birthday, im thinking of asking my parents for two more 512mb and maybe that GeForce 7950GT, but could someone give me a link? There are so many types and variations when I searched...

Also, is my processor ok? 2.2 Gigahertz enough?

PS: Is it safe to use canned air when cleaning your PC...? I've heard about it leaving a chemical residue or something... How often should you clean it? I've had mine for about a year and haven't cleaned it yet. We do have a cat though...




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#10 11 years ago
PS: Is it safe to use canned air when cleaning your PC...? I've heard about it leaving a chemical residue or something... How often should you clean it? I've had mine for about a year and haven't cleaned it yet. We do have a cat though...

Its fine, you could just use a air compressor though so you don't have to buy the canned stuff.