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delawaredrew

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I am buying more ram for my Dell Inspiron 8500. It has 1 512mb stick and a 256 mb stick. Both PC2100 266Mghz. Do I need to replace them with the same specs. Can I use this faster RAM ? - Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-5300 667MHz 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 Laptop Memory? Buy.com has this on sale now for $61. Or do I need to match the specs of the ram that Dell put in it. = PC2100 233mghz

Buy.com's deal

Edited by delawaredrew, 18 October 2007 - 09:40 PM.

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PsychPosse

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You do not have to use the same specs that Dell installed. That is just the standard installation.
You can upgrade to a pair of 1gigs..
You do not have to have matching pairs either.
you can keep your 512 and get a 1 gig .. for example.


Edit: Hold that thought. I don't think you can use the PC2 5300
Sorry about that, I wasn't paying attention to your post.
You need the DDR PC2700

check here at Crucial

Edited by PsychPosse, 18 October 2007 - 09:54 PM.

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I would like to add that is pointless to put faster RAM in your computer than what is already there. Your RAM always runs at the same speed and will run at the speed of the slowest stick. Therefore if you had say DDR2-667 and added DDR2-800 they would all run at 667.

You should check out Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com they are typically cheaper than all other sources.

The reason that RAM won't work with your system is because it is DDR2 and your RAM is DDR. DDR2 RAM won't physically fit in a DDR slot.

Edited by Titan8990, 19 October 2007 - 02:32 AM.

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delawaredrew

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Thanks for the help, I was hoping I could snag 2 gig at a good price but if it doesn't fit that is that.
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