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Upgrading RAM

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    Upgrading RAM


    So I have this 3 year old PC with the 2GB Kingston RAM(CPUZ says it's 665mhz), Intel i3 530, MSI H55M- E21 board ,250GB Seagate HDD, Nvidia GT 430. It's Running on Windows 8.1 32 Bit.

    Wanted to upgrade my HDD and RAM. There are so many RAMs and HDD available and I have absolutely no idea which one would work best with my system.

    Please advice!

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    According to the web, MSI USA ? Motherboard - H55M-E21, your board can do 1066, 1333 and 1600Mhz RAM works. Since your seeing 665, with it being double data rate ram, that's actually 1333Mhz. Your max memory is 8GB, so that's 2 x 4GB modules. Since you have 32bit Windows, you cannot effectively use more than 4GB of RAM, so unless you plan to upgrade to 64bit, don't add any more than 4GB of RAM.

    Considering you already have 3GB of RAM, I don't see upgrading to 4GB being worth it. I would instead opt for Windows 8.x (64bit) and move to 8GB of RAM.

    For the hard drive, consider a 128GB or 256GB SSD drive. Biggest bang for the buck upgrade you can do to a computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

    Considering you already have 3GB of RAM, I don't see upgrading to 4GB being worth it. I would instead opt for Windows 8.x (64bit) and move to 8GB of RAM.
    Edit: I have 2GB of RAM which shows 90% usage, causing random freezes.

    So should I go for SSD? Okay. And in case of HDD, which 1TB one would be ideal? Also could you choose the specific RAM for me? Transcend, kingston, Gskill etc.
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    Just na idea

    RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz
    HDD: 2TB
    OS: Win 8.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastsethi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

    Considering you already have 3GB of RAM, I don't see upgrading to 4GB being worth it. I would instead opt for Windows 8.x (64bit) and move to 8GB of RAM.
    Edit: I have 2GB of RAM which shows 90% usage, causing random freezes.

    So should I go for SSD? Okay. And in case of HDD, which 1TB one would be ideal? Also could you choose the specific RAM for me? Transcend, kingston, Gskill etc.
    It doesn't matter which brand of memory you buy, as long as the other specs are compatible they all work, get used one from auction sites and save the money for your SSD, get a cheaper HDD and use it as an external hard drive.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Samsung and Crucial memory usually works best on most if not all systems IMHO.

    As for Hard drives well consider getting a 7200 RPM or SSHD if performance is of concern to you and a 5400 RPM hard drive is you care about quietness, power consumption and heat output.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemix View Post
    Samsung and Crucial memory usually works best on most if not all systems IMHO.

    As for Hard drives well consider getting a 7200 RPM or SSHD if performance is of concern to you and a 5400 RPM hard drive is you care about quietness, power consumption and heat output.

    Thank you everyone for the help. Much appreciated.
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