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Thread: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?




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    Default Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Hi there, Im a complete noob when it comes to computers so please excuse me if i sound a little ignorant. I have at the moment two sticks of DDR2100 (266) ram but I'm playing a game called Planetside and have been told to add another 512meg of ram to my machine to get it up to a gig. I have a third slot and was wondering if it is possible to just add another stick of DDRPC3200 to get a gig ram or do I have to buy a matched pair of them. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated, thanks alot. :)

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    You need to list your complete system specs. The names/models and so forth so we know what hardware you have and if it will work.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Ok no problems will this do the job? System Information ------------------ Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) System Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc. System Model: VT8366-8233 BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1600+, ~1.4GHz Memory: 512MB RAM Page File: 206MB used, 1043MB available Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904) Display Devices --------------- Card name: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X Manufacturer: NVIDIA Chip type: GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X DAC type: Integrated. I do realise that my machine is ****e but I can't afford a complete upgrade at the moment :P
    Last edited by tage; 08-10-2006 at 10:19 AM.

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    I would think you'd be fine to add another stick like you wish. I would try to find one with similar timings to the ram you already have installed. If you look on one of them, there should be a sticker that tells you the timings.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
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    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
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    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Ok thats all good, the only slight problem is that it's very difficult to get the same speed ram that I have as it's very old or so I've been told. I would have to put in a 333 stick rather than a 266 stick which I already have. Is this going to cause a major problem? Thanks alot for your help so far. :)

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    It doesn't matter at all. You can and should purchase a DDR400 stick as there is no price premium over DDR333 or DDR266. It doesn't matter what the timings or speed are, though.

    If you're trying to make Planetside run smoother and with higher visual settings, you'd be better off upgrading your video card.

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by tage
    I would have to put in a 333 stick rather than a 266 stick which I already have. Is this going to cause a major problem?
    it will be fine, the only thing that will happen is that the DDR333 will run at the same speed as the DDR266 since RAM will only run as fast as the slowest piece

    I'm going to have to disagree slightly with Yawgm0th on the video card. Most, if not all, MMORPG's performace depend much more on RAM than they do beefy video cards. Even World of warcraft, with it's stellar graphics, places a higher demand on the RAM than the GPU.

    edit: out of curiousity, i looked up planetside and found this, which states:
    The game uses, on average, upwards of 750 MB of RAM while running
    so upgrading to 1 GB of RAM would indeed be my first suggestion if you are at all serious about this game.
    Last edited by tuxfreak; 08-10-2006 at 11:22 PM.
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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Ah thanks a lot for the help everyone. Yes I did ask around and it seems Planetside uses up a huge amount of memory and have been recommended by a lot of people to uprgrade to a 1gig ram. Even though the recommended spec on the "box" is 512meg :$.


    I've plumped for the DDR333 as I found it at a pretty good price, so thanks alot. :)

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    Sigh, you should have done what Yawg told you to do. I will say it again: there is no real price difference between ddr333 and ddr400. You should have gone with ddr400.

    Anyway, I hope you got a decent brand and you bought it from a good place likeNewegg (USA) or NCIX (Canada).

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    Default Re: Adding a third stick of ram into my machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by PorscheGuy997@yahoo.com
    Sigh, you should have done what Yawg told you to do. I will say it again: there is no real price difference between ddr333 and ddr400. You should have gone with ddr400.

    Anyway, I hope you got a decent brand and you bought it from a good place likeNewegg (USA) or NCIX (Canada).
    But it wont make a dif at the moment, it might pay off later down the road though, but he might want to build a system that uses 240 pin DDR2.
    I guess overall it would be smarter. you are right.
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