Your best source of information on computer memory
(RAM) is the manual that comes with the motherboard. It will tell you
the type of memory needed, the speeds you can choose from, and a choice
of sizes. The number of pins that the RAM stick has is a function of
its type. It may also give you some brand names. Another good source
are the various parts suppliers. They will stand behind their
recommendations. You can also use a memory advisory tool like the one
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The memory type specified by the motherboard
manual is a must. Any other type of RAM will not work and may not even
fit. Nowadays some gamers choose to overclock ram to get the last ounce of speed
out of their computers.
The desired RAM speed should match the speed of the
front side bus. Any
slower speed of the memory will degrade the computers performance.
Size is your choice, the greater the size the more
it will cost.
Nowadays you should have at least one gigabyte of RAM. Keep in mind
that a 32 bit CPU can address only up to four gigabytes of memory. If
you are installing more than one memory stick, they should be ordered
and installed as matched pairs.
In order to assure that memory is functioning correctly
you should acquire the proper RAM test software. This can be purchased
or downloaded from the Internet.
Any of the well known brands are acceptable, but
you should get input about other brands from your online computer store. Read some of the reviews that are
recommendations and any problems. The better you know your memory, the
better your selection will be.
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