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Adding more RAM to Dell C521: 3 sticks, or 4?

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by TheVoice, 29 Nov 2007.

  1. TheVoice

    TheVoice New Member

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    My Mum's been complaining that her fairly new Dell C521 PC is quite slow, which is understandable as it's running Vista Home Premium on a 20" LCD, but with only integrated graphics and 1GB of RAM (was a bargain PC though!). Therefore, I'm looking at adding more RAM to it when I'm up there at Xmas.

    It's got 2x512MB DDR PC5300 already, would it be best to add a single 1GB DIMM, or 2x512MB? Reason I ask is because I've heard of four sticks causing timing problems etc, but at the same time I don't want to lose dual channel because it'd probably cause the graphics performance to suffer (which when running Aero, isn't a good thing). The CPU is an Athlon X2 4000+, if that changes things.

    Thanks for any help. :)
     
  2. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    Get two sticks, and then she can have it still in dual-channel (as long as there are two slots free of course and the existing two are filled with 2 512mb sticks).
     
  3. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    Just something i found:
    Orcalogic

    Hope that might help.

    Sam
     
  4. RinSewand

    RinSewand New Member

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    Another vote for grabbing another two sticks. Far fewer problems with matching sticks than odd sizes etc imo!

    RwD
     
  5. TheVoice

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    Excellent, thanks a lot guys, I'll find a decent 2x512 kit for it then. Should help to speed the system up quite nicely, because aside from the RAM, it's a damn nice machine for what it cost (£350 with a 20" Dell LCD).
     
  6. RinSewand

    RinSewand New Member

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    One thing i woudl suggest is having a look at the timings on the current ram and finding a similar set. No point spending more then you need to for faster timings which wont be used. And it should help make it even more compatible.

    RwD
     
  7. TheVoice

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    Yep, got my Mum to send me CPUz screenshots the other day, so I should be able to find stuff that matches fairly well. Kingston or Corsair Value stuff should do the trick. :)
     

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