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KyloRilee

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Note: I accidentally posted this also on the Windows XP forum before seeing this forum and realizing that this one may be better for RAM questions. Sorry for the double-post.

Hi,

I'm looking to add more RAM to my computer. I have an HP Pavilion 304w. I had asked before, and someone told me to find out what kind of RAM I have in my computer now, and to try and get the same kind. But I went to newegg.com and searched for RAM compatible with my computer, and these are the results that came up:

http://www.newegg.co...Submit=Property

This site recommends the "Corsair" brand of memory for my computer.

But I also found another memory manufacturer site, Viking, and also did a search on my computer's model number. Here are the results from that:

http://www.vikingint...=304w&mid=85914

Amazon Price
http://www.amazon.co...998326?n=172282

Buy.com Price (temporarily sold out)
http://www.buy.com/r...sp?sku=10388654

The prices seem to be the same between Corsair and Viking, so I honestly don't know which to go with.

I'm also torn between weather to go with 256 or 512MB. Any opinions, suggestions, or comments are more than welcome.

Thank you.
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Personally I would go with the corsair. I have no experience with viking, so don't know much about them. Corsair is one of the bigger names. I tend to stick the big brand names like crucial, corsair, and kingston. Though I'm sure the viking is a decent stick of memory.

As far as 256 or 512. If you don't mind spending more money, go for the 512. I've never heard of people complaing about too much memory. Especially since memory is so cheap these days.
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KyloRilee

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Yeah, I think I'd like to get 512MB. From what I've read, anything less than that with Windows XP is crap. It's like it should be the bare minimum, from what it seems.


Now all I need to know is what is the difference between the CMSS512MB-266 and the CMSS512MB-333 (besides $2.50 on NewEgg.com)

I know one is faster than the other... I think my HP supports DDR266 RAM. But from what I've heard, going with the higher speed will not hurt. Is that right?
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Hi,

Corsair is fine memory, go with the CMSS512mb-266 I checked with the corsair memory configurater and they said it will work with your system.


It is the slower of the too you listed speed wise, sometimes, not always, you can use the faster speed but you will gain nothing from it so I recommend to go with whats recommended by the manufactuer.

Rick
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