Adding more memory.

  m800afc 19:16 20 Jun 2007

I am looking to improve the performance of my PC, details of which are below. I would like to install more RAM. Which chipset would be the best choice for this system? On the other hand would I be better buying an improved motherboard, if so, which?

Property Value
Model 775VM800
Version 1.00
Serial Number 00000000
Chipset Vendor VIA Technologies Inc
Chipset Model Standard Host Bridge
South Bridge VT8237 PCI to ISA Bridge
SMBus VIA Technologies Inc VT8237 PCI to ISA Bridge


CPU Intel Pentium 4 HT
Cpu Socket LGA775 [CPUSocket]
Processor Upgrade
Max CPU Speed 3000 MHz

Memory Summary
Maximum Memory Module Size 1024 MBytes
Maximum Capacity 2048 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Name Physical Memory Array

Currently installed memory:
DDR PC2700
DDR PC3200

Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200,DDR PC4000

with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.

* Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
* Currently Installed Memory: 1GB
* Available Memory Slots: 0
* Number of Banks: 2
* Dual Channel Support: No
* CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
* CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz Model

4, Stepping 3
* CPU Speed: 2999 MHz

Q: What memory goes into my computer, and can I mix speeds?
A: DDR memory with support for DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200,DDR PC4000 speeds. Because DDR memory is backward-compatible, you can safely upgrade your system with any of the guaranteed-compatible DDR speeds listed below, even if your manual calls for PC1600 or PC2100 speeds.

Q: How much memory can my computer handle?
A: 2048MB. Adding the maximum amount of memory will improve performance and help extend the useful life of your system as you run increasingly demanding software applications in the future.

Q: Do I have to install matching pairs?
A: No, you can install modules one at a time, and you can mix different densities of modules in your computer. But if your computer supports dual-channel memory configurations, you should install in identical pairs (preferably in kits) for optimal performance.

Q: Does my computer support dual-channel memory?
A: No. Your system does not support dual channel.

Q: Does my computer support ECC memory?
A: No. Your system does not support ECC. Because ECC and non-ECC modules should not be mixed within a system, install the same type of modules that are already in your system.

  Jim Thing 20:08 20 Jun 2007

Just to expand a bit on owise14u's link:

That website will scan your system to determine exactly what RAM you have at present, and will recommend exactly what you should do to upgrade. It's a service offered by memory specialists Crucial, who are thoroughly reputable, totally reliable and very highly recommended.

Hope that helps a bit.

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