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26 March 2013 19:06:13

hi. i need some help upgrading my pc to its maximum memory.
i ran crucial but seeing as how my pc was made in 2008 im highly skeptical that upgrading my ram would cost half as much as listed on crucial. does crucial cater to the uninformed?

please tell me what info you need from me or tell me what i need to do for you to know. also, a bit of topic, but should i upgrade my memory or go with a better video card first? which is more beneficial.


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a b } Memory
26 March 2013 21:17:17

Could you just post your Motherboard brand and model, and your RAM brand and model.
27 March 2013 03:40:32

sure. i ran cpuid.

motherboard:

pegatron corporation, burbank 1.01, intel P35/G33/G31

Rev A2 southbridge intel, 82801IR (ICH9R) Rev 02
LPCIO Fintek F8000 BIOS: American Megatrends Inc version 5.16 06/19/2008 pci express link width x16 max x16

ram: ddr2, dual, 3072mbs, symmetric,

dram freq: 400.0 mhz, FSB dram: 5:6, Cas# Latency 6.0 Clocks, Ras# to cas delay trcd 6clocks, ras# precharge 6 clocks, cycle time tras 18 clocks, row refresh cycle time trfc 52 clocks, command rate cr 2T

also ran crucial it said,

Memory:
DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500

Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-8500, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Currently Installed Memory: 3GB
Total Memory Slots: 4
Available Memory Slots: 0
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27 March 2013 12:24:34

thanx shockeray. so the question is, would it be worth it performance wise? ive been reading online that for the same money i should first 1) upgrade my psu 2) upgrade my videocard, the last step would be to upgrade my memory. so, should i upgrade memory to max or upgrade psu/videocard first? which would give me the most performance wise? could you please identify what i need/an equivalent on ebay? seeing as how my pc is 5 years old i think i could save money by buying used.
a b } Memory
27 March 2013 15:22:07

That computer probably first came out about 8 years ago, so really I would get a new Motherboard and CPU, here is a $500 budget build I made for someone else...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MtXH (note the lower price of modern RAM)
I'm assuming you wont need the Case, Hard Drive, or DVD player.
27 March 2013 16:09:34

8 years ago man screw hp never again. but in all truth, its really not worth the bother upgrading is it? better to save up for a new pc which im doing. unfortunately, i didn't know about this site when i first bought my pc. i paid 1100 for it in 2008 did i get ripped of not that it really matters, but just wondering? i don't think it worth upgrading though.
a b } Memory
27 March 2013 17:20:21

really, all you're doing is changing out everything but the case, and power supply if you don't have to upgrade it, but I'm guessing you might have to. Depending on the how good of a computer you want, I'd look at that one I linked, or this one, it's my build...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MtXH
27 March 2013 17:48:56

Shockeray said:
really, all you're doing is changing out everything but the case, and power supply if you don't have to upgrade it, but I'm guessing you might have to. Depending on the how good of a computer you want, I'd look at that one I linked, or this one, it's my build...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MtXH


i really appreciate it man though, i dont think my budget allows for that though got 200 usd. so, when i save up about 350 ill look into a build. cheers.

but, could you tell me what i want to search for on for example, ebay. if i wanted to try to find the memory used.
a b } Memory
27 March 2013 19:42:00

you want to go for 240-Pin DDR2 800 MHz 8Gb non EEC (if they don't specifically say they are EEC, they shouldn't be)
28 March 2013 18:25:39

if you had a little over 200 usd, what do you think i could buy that would give me a good performance boost? is a dual core i3 better then a q9450 quadcore because its more modern? i get about 80 usd every month after bills are paid, so, i would essentials be as you said slowly building a new pc from the old. so, currently, i have 200 usd, after the 200 usd is spent, in april, in may ill have another 80 usd to play with. given the current times, taken all this into account with technology advancement what is the best way i can spent my 200 usd?
28 March 2013 18:54:21

i realize this has become a bit off topic shockeray. thanx so much for helping me. im going to start a new topic in the correct section.