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memory upgrade question

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Dyno, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. Dyno

    Dyno

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    I would like to add memory to a new HP pavilion a720n that came with 512 mb pc2700 ddr sdram according to mfg specs on box. I am confused about ordering more memory after finding that ddr ram comes more than one way for example registered & unbuffered .I would like to add another 512 mb, looks like mobo has another slot open.

    Could someone help me sort out what I need to buy and recommend a good source?

    Thanks,Dyno
     

  2. Dyno

    Dyno

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    Washington,D.C.,
    Thanks for your replay,being a noob at all information and help is greatly appreciated.

    Dyno
     
  3. I prefer Crucial it's good quality.I put the Kingston link for further info but I'd rather use Crucial than Kingston.
     
  4. Dyno

    Dyno

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    Washington,D.C. , AAshooter

    I really appreciate all the help gang , I’ve never ordered any parts before and getting personal recommendations makes me feel a lot better. I must admit to being a little confused with memory terms and many different brands and wide spread on prices.

    Special thanks for helping a noob
    Dyno
     
  5. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    IIRC, that PC comes with an AMD Athlon 3200+ CPU in it.

    The first thing I would do is lose that PC2700 and grab a Matched Set of PC3200 Corsair or OCZ DDR. These come in twin packs that have been tested in a dual channel MOBO to insure they work properly together.

    Avoid RAM that has timings of 3-x-x-x, though...you want CL 2 or CL 2.5 DDR as it is faster.

    Even if the motherboard doesn't support dual-channel or a 400MHz FSB, you will see a pretty good performance boost from using matched RAM at a faster speed.

    I'm lucky in that I can sell used parts quickly and for a good price; however, you should be able to get some decent cash from a local shop once they verify that it is good. You'll likely get an even better deal if you buy the new RAM from them!
     
  6. Dyno

    Dyno

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    >that PC comes with an AMD Athlon 3200+ CPU in it.<

    fastvfr ,
    I think it is a Athlon XP 3200 cpu

    Best,Dyno
     
  7. Goober35

    Goober35 1911 member.

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