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Solved Upgrading RAM


mastsethi

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#1
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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell 3521
    CPU
    i3 3rd Gen
    Memory
    4GB

pparks1

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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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mastsethi

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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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell 3521
    CPU
    i3 3rd Gen
    Memory
    4GB

vrosa

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Just na idea :)

RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: 2TB
OS: Win 8.1
 

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brummyfan

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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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Nemix

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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.

:p
 

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mastsethi

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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.

:p
Thank you everyone for the help. Much appreciated. :)
 

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    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell 3521
    CPU
    i3 3rd Gen
    Memory
    4GB