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RAM upgrade for a Dell Dimension E520

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I've got a Dell Dimension E520 and already have 2gb RAM installed. I've looked at RAM from Crucial and the compatible RAM is DDR2 PC2-5300. Is this the best RAM upgrade I can get or is there better st…
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
I've got a Dell Dimension E520 and already have 2gb RAM installed. I've looked at RAM from Crucial and the compatible RAM is DDR2 PC2-5300. Is this the best RAM upgrade I can get or is there better stuff out there?
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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Crucial RAM is probably one of the best pound for pound - you need to make sure your OS can support the extra RAM however, as XP will only take 3gb afaik.
#3
I've got Vista (32) and I know that it will only recognize about 3.4gb, but I'd like to if this is this the fastest RAM I can put in? Thanks.
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Crucial also have 1st class customer service
#5
The RAM you put in must run at the same speed of the RAM that's already in the pc - you can't run two different speeds of RAM. If that's what Crucial recommend - I'd get it.
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davycrocket
Crucial also have 1st class customer service


Agreed! Very fast dispatch too.
#7
Ahh, so that's why they recommend the RAM they do. If I were to install 4 sticks of the same, but faster RAM, would that work?
#8
And if so, any suggestions for a faster RAM upgrade?
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windhoek
Ahh, so that's why they recommend the RAM they do. If I were to install 4 sticks of the same, but faster RAM, would that work?


Most machines that take the PC2-5300 RAM will also take the PC2-6400 (haven't checked yours though). It is faster, but will only give you a relatively small boost which depends on a host of factors, including the make of the RAM. And as pointed out above, if you mix the two, your machine will run at the slowest speed.
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Thanks and rep to all. :thumbsup:
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windhoek
Ahh, so that's why they recommend the RAM they do. If I were to install 4 sticks of the same, but faster RAM, would that work?


Possibly depending on the motherboard.

Most people will see very little difference with faster ram though, so unless you've got a specific application you know depends heavily on ram speed then just buy whatever's cheapest.
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windhoek
And if so, any suggestions for a faster RAM upgrade?


You wouldn't notice the difference mate - just add more in.:thumbsup:

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