Compaq SR5501UK - PC2-6400 or PC2-8500 upgrade?

  marktwittey 15:02 07 Feb 2011
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I’m looking to upgrade the RAM on my computer, and have a round £40 to spend.

I've checked via the Crucial website, and have 2 options, and I’d be grateful for advice as to which would be best.

My PC is a couple of years old, and I’ve just reinstalled Vista, which has much improved its speed, but it could still do with being faster. It is only used for internet / word processing etc and not games.

It has an Intel Celeron CPU E1200 @ 1.60 GHz, Model 15, Stepping 13 with a speed of 1600 MHz

I have 2 memory slots, currectly occupied by 2 x 512 MB DDR2 PC2-6400. As there are no free slots, I will have to replace these two, and the max I can put in is 4GB, although as I’m using a 32 Bit version of Vista, I know it will only recognise 3 or 3.5 MB

I could either buy

2 x 1GB DDR2 PC2-8500 (smaller but faster memory)
2 x 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (larger but slower memory, and only 3 to 3.5GB will be read)

As they are about the same price, I’d be grateful for advice as to which will make the machine go faster.

Thanks

Mark

  GaT7 15:25 07 Feb 2011

Always go for more memory rather than faster memory (unless you're some kind of gamer/enthusiast who's going to do some overclocking).

So in your case there's no hesitation in recommending the 2 x 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400 option. G

  GaT7 15:54 07 Feb 2011

If you'd like to save some money, it'll be just under £40 at 7dayshop click here (you'll need to buy a couple). G

  marktwittey 11:03 08 Feb 2011

Thanks for the advice.

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