old RAM new Board

  kiddgame2000 11:00 08 Dec 2005

Just bought a new computer with a ASUS® A8N-SLI: DUAL DDR, S-ATA, 2 x x16 VGA, 3 PCI
in it. Its got 1GB of ram i was just wondering if i could stick the 2 x 256mb sticks of ram that are in my old computer into it and would they work.

The new one is coming with 2 x 512mb modules so all 4 slots on the board would be filled.
Its a dual channel board so i was wondering if putting these 2 sticks in would effect that as the are ancient.

I dont know what sort of ram the old ram is or what the motherboard is but the processor was an amd athlon xp running at 1.67ghz and it had a 128mb geforce fx 5200, don't know if this helps.

  PaulB2005 11:04 08 Dec 2005

It does depend on what the old memory was.

  kiddgame2000 11:12 08 Dec 2005

Any suggestions on what sort of board that could have sat on and what sort of ram it would have taken.

  bazb 11:16 08 Dec 2005

click here click on the Crucial system scanner, and it should tell you what ram you installed.

  PaulB2005 11:17 08 Dec 2005

It could have been any model made by Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, etc etc

Most likely either DDR 2100, 2700 or 3200.

Can you not get any more info from the old system? marking on the motherboard? Markings on the RAM? Make and model of the PC?

Seriously it's like saying "I have a starter motor from my old car, will it work on my new car? My old car had wheels and was blue."

I wouldn't risk the stability of the new PC (because that is an excellent motherboard) for the sake of an extra 512 Mb RAM. The Dual Channel will work with 4 sticks - the manual will show you how.

  kiddgame2000 11:21 08 Dec 2005

Yea that would work only its not connecting to the net. I think i will take a look inside see if i can find out what sort or motherboard is in it and search for it on the web. I don't suppose it would say on the ram sticks.

Also i assume if they are slower than the current ram then the current ram will run at the same speed as them and lose the dual speed capabilities.

Is 1.5gb running slower than it should with no dual ddr setting better than 1GB of ddr400 running with the dual ddr working.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:23 08 Dec 2005

Is the old machine still running? If so, click here for Everest which will tell you what RAM it is.

You will lose dual channel functionability I think - 1gb ram should be fine for your needs.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:25 08 Dec 2005

Should have refreshed - doh!

  kiddgame2000 11:32 08 Dec 2005

yea i don't think its worth the bother, twas just a thought.

Will go and buy another 1 Gb module in a while.

New computer has

AMD 4000
128mb Geforce 6600GT

I thought the extra 512mb would give games a bit of a boost.

Any thoughts on the above system for games. Will it give good FPS in games like Doom 3 and Far Cry.

You can really tell i no very little about computers.

  keef66 12:09 08 Dec 2005

your old cpu sounds like an Athlon XP 2100+ which is the same as my 3 yr old pc which came with pc2100 RAM. No point in slowing down your new machine with that; it should fly along with 1gb nice new fast identical memory.

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