Originally posted by exOptimum
I have a dell dimenison 9100 I bought two weeks ago. Here's the specs...
1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz... Getting two more 512's will cost me like 170 bucks if I get them from dell which is kind of insane.
My question is... should I upgrade using dell memory
OK, your Dell 9100 (just got one last week myself) has 4 memory sockets. While you could install RAM singly, you need matched pairs for Dual-Channel access. The machine takes either 533 MHz or 667 MHz modules, but if you mix them it will run all modules at the slower speed, so there's no point to buying the faster type.
You do know that Dell doesn't make RAM, right? So they are selling the same Samsung or Infineon or Micron that everyone else provides. Your best bet is to get RAM from a reputable seller who guarantees compatibility with your model of machine, offers a lifetime warranty, and a no-cost return if it doesn't work.
You can install 2 more 512 Mb in the machine for a total of 2 Gb - your machine will then be stuffed, so if you want to go beyond 2 Gb you'll have to take some of the 512's out.
If you are in the USA you can get the 533 MHz for $118 for the pair here
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