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Upgrading to 7 Re: RAM


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Good evening. I currently have 768 MB of RAM on my machine. I ran MS Windows 7 Advisor and it suggested that I get at least 1 GB of RAM. If I were to get at least that, how much would it cost me, plus the cost of having someone install it? Thanks in advance for the answer. I'm a low income person and can't afford a lot.

Update: Would getting this for my system be sufficient? How do I know if it will work on my system? See my system specs in my signature. If this is the wrong type of memory to get, could you tell me what I should get at Tiger Direct? Thanks in advance for your kind advice.
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=3410

BTW, a few more things about my machine:
Intel Celeron CPU 2.60GHz, 2.59GHz, 768 RAM

Edited by CompaqBabe, 21 March 2010 - 08:34 PM.

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Hi compaqbabe. :)

What would help me best help you is the make and model of your computer. I took a look at your profile, but I did not see that. If this is a custom built machine, then I need the model of the motherboard. This is how you can get that... (only required if custom built)

Install PC Wizard:
  • Click PC Wizard in my signature
  • Click PC Wizard 2010.1.93 on the top left
  • Save the file to your Desktop
  • Double Click the setup file
  • Follow installation instructions
  • Once installed, open PC Wizard up
  • Click System Summary Posted Image (Should be highlighted by default)
What does it say across from "Mainboard"?

Once I have that info, I can direct you to a link for compatible RAM for your system.

Edited by Ferrari, 21 March 2010 - 08:37 PM.

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BTW, I have an Emachine, model T2682.

Otherwise, here ya go:

Under "Mainboard": TriGem Computer, Inc. Imperial
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Thank you. Below is a quote from crucial.com when I used their compatible memory tool by entering Emachines - T Series - 2682. This is what it says is compatible.

Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.
AND
# Graphics Support: AGP 4X
# Maximum Memory: 2048MB
# Slots: 2 (2 banks of 1)
# Standard Memory: 512MB removable
# USB Support: 2.x Compliant



So you have two slots which probably means you have a 512mb and a 256mb sticks in them. 1GB will be just enough, I recommend going with 2GB.

HERE is 2 x 512mb = 1GB (DDR PC2700) Lowest Price is $38.99.
HERE is 2 x 1gb = 2GB (DDR PC 2700) Lowest Price is $72.99.

I do not recommend just buying one 512mb stick and installing it with your existing 512mb stick. They will not be identical and you will most likely have problems. It is always best to always use all matching RAM, especially in computers supporting dual channel mode. However, yours does not support dual channel configuration.

I hope that helps, and please feel free to ask any questions. :)
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Thank you for your information. As far as installation of this memory, do you recommend I do it myself?
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Replacing RAM is very very easy. I think if you have eyes and two hands available, you are more than capable of doing this. Here is a video tutorial on how to install RAM.

NCIX Tech Tips - How to Install RAM

In the video, he replaces RAM with the computer still standing up, I recommend laying it on it's side. You can also google or search youtube for "how to install RAM" and you'll get tons of results. It's pretty simple to do, even for a novice.
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Windows 7 won't run smoothly on Celeron 2.60GHz and 1GB of RAM.
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Windows 7 won't run smoothly on Celeron 2.60GHz and 1GB of RAM.


I'm going to install 2GB of RAM. Thanks Ferrari, I'll be sure to look up that info. on installing RAM!

Edited by CompaqBabe, 25 March 2010 - 06:02 PM.

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I'm going to install 2GB of RAM

That's better :)
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CompaqBabe:

Once you upgrade the RAM to a minimum of 1GB, your PC should run quite well after a few tweaks. No, your won't have the fancy desktop effects of Aero, but, providing your hardware is solid, you will have a good machine on which to work.

If you're a student, check out the following link:
http://www.win741.com/
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Oh, thank GOD! I thought I was going to have to get a new processor too! :)
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