I used the Crucial site to check my system and recommend a memory upgrade the result was as follows:
Guaranteed-compatible memory upgrade for your ASUS K8V-MX Motherboard
Crucial Recommends : 2GB new memory added (2 x 1GB in 2 memory slots) = £103.18
ASUS K8V-MX specification:
Max memory capacity: 2048MB Current Installed memory: 512MB Available slots: 0 Total memory slots: 2 Dual channel support: no CPU Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD CPU family: AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+ Model 12, stepping 0 CPU Speed: 2200 MHz
I wasn’t expecting it to cost £100 to upgrade to 2GB, is there a cheaper alternative to achieve 2GB as I’m sure I’ve seen it a lot cheaper but maybe these are not compatible with my system. I realise I could upgrade to 1GB and pay less.
Not sure what’s the best option, my memory slots can hold DDR PC3200, DDR PC2700 with a maximum of 1GB per slot. So for example if I select 184 Pin DDR3200 400MHz they’re available at £22 each for 1GB at mrmemory. Will that work on my machine or do I need to select the other types? E.g. 184 Pin DDR3200 400MHz ECC REG which cost more, not sure what the ECC and REG do?
Further - I wouldn't use ECC on anything but a server... the chances of any errors occurring in RAM are close to none, especially if you have good RAM... however, on a server, even one error is a BIG problem, because the RAM is used a lot, and server crash = downtime. For home or workstation use, though, it just adds expense (normally) and makes it marginally slower, with no real gains to speak of.
mrmemory advised the appropriate module for my PC. I ordered it after 4pm and it arrived through the door the next morning and fitted that evening. So upgraded from 0.5Gb to 2Gb for £50 (incld VAT)and now it's working great with web pages not freezing like they did!
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