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Severian126
07-15-07, 04:46 AM
OK, so I purchased a new computer. Just to be cheap, I chose just to have 2GB of RAM (2GB Low Latency DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 1066MHz - 2 x 1024MB), figuring I'd save money by taking the default 2 and buying 2 more of the same later on. Question is though, do I need to buy the ram at the same exact speed, memory, etc., and 2 of them to boot to go in the empty two slots to get it working correctly? Just covering my bases becuz I don't want to screw anything up. How much would 2 extra gigs of those type of ram costs nowadays?

hirantha
07-15-07, 06:47 AM
1. to reduce the headache in the future i say go with the same RAM.
2. that same kind of RAM wont cost you more than $150

Severian126
07-15-07, 12:53 PM
1. to reduce the headache in the future i say go with the same RAM.
2. that same kind of RAM wont cost you more than $150

Thanks for your response. To be more specific, I took a look at a few RAMS at Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=17&name=Memory) and saw a few that matches the speed, Gigs, etc., but the thing I'm curious about is the Timing.

Some have 5-5-5-15, 5-5-4-12, etc. What does this mean and which one is faster? And does the timing specifically have to match the ones I have? I purchased an Alienware PC and it should be arriving any day now, and I want to go out and buy new RAM before it arrives. :)

hirantha
07-15-07, 07:49 PM
Thanks for your response. To be more specific, I took a look at a few RAMS at Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=17&name=Memory) and saw a few that matches the speed, Gigs, etc., but the thing I'm curious about is the Timing.

Some have 5-5-5-15, 5-5-4-12, etc. What does this mean and which one is faster? And does the timing specifically have to match the ones I have? I purchased an Alienware PC and it should be arriving any day now, and I want to go out and buy new RAM before it arrives. :)

what RAM will your alienware machine have? lowest timing is better.. if your OS is 32bit 4GB of RAM wont do any good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145033

that one looks like the one you are looking for

Severian126
07-15-07, 08:16 PM
what RAM will your alienware machine have? lowest timing is better.. if your OS is 32bit 4GB of RAM wont do any good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145033

that one looks like the one you are looking for

Thanks for the link Hirantha.

Frankly, I have no clue as to what type of ram used in the Alienware system. I have yet to recieve it, and the only info I got is in my sig. Until I get it or get more technical information from Alienware, I just have to go based on this information.

The one you linked looks good and is probably the correct one.

My OS is Windows Vista.