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Buying Cheap Computer RAM

RAM Memory, How Much Is Enough

 Choosing RAM (Random Access Memory) has become much simpler these days. Intel has adopted AMD's standard DDR memory. DDR RAM technology was originally developed by nVidia as graphics memory. DDR is more efficient and affordable than the RDRAM Rambus that Intel was using. Check your motherboard specifications for the type of RAM to use. Usually the motherboard manufacturer will give you a list of RAM modules that have been tested to work with your motherboard. Also, you can use the Crucial Memory Scanner to discover the proper RAM for your PC.

 There are 2 important things to remember when purchasing RAM. First, if you use more than 1 module, make sure they are compatible. It is a good idea to match modules from the same manufacturer and the same bus speed. Quite often memory modules made by different manufacturers do not work and play well together.

 Second, there is no such thing as Too Much RAM. Buying too little RAM is the mistake most often made by PC buyers trying to save a few bucks. The amount of RAM has a direct affect on the speed and performance of the computer.

For Windows Vista and System 7, 2GB is the minimum and 4GB or more is recomended.
For Windows 2000, XP, 512MB is the minimum and 2GB or more is recommended.
For Windows 98 any flavor, 256MB is the minimum and 1GB or more is recommended.

 Skimping on RAM is one way builders hold down prices. The average pre-built PC comes with 128MB or 265MB of RAM installed. If you want to do anything more than send email, that is not enough. If you buy more RAM than you "think" you need, you will be a much happier computer user a year later. By rule of thumb, if you buy a pre-built computer, double the amount of RAM offered by the builder.

 Tip: If you want to save a few bucks, buy a less expensive monitor and video card and don't buy a floppy drive you won't need it. Also get a CD-DVD+RW combo drive instead of 2 separate drives and ransom the family pet. But don't skimp on RAM.

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