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shyampc 07-11-2007 11:30 AM

RAM for more speed
I am using Windows XP, and find my PC very slow in all operations since after started using this. Formerly, I was using Windows 98 SE, and there was no any problems. I think that this is due to lesser RAM (only 256 MB). Can anyone help me to know the cost of 512 MB SDRAM? Can anyone recommend some reputed websites that sell these sort of PC components for reasonable price?

redline 07-11-2007 12:37 PM

Do you have any stores in your area that sell computers?
They should sell ram and it should be around $50 or more.

shyampc 07-11-2007 01:20 PM

Thank you for the response - but, do you know/recommend any reputed websites that sell branded spares at reasonable prices?

KUIPORNG 07-11-2007 03:34 PM

sounds like your computer is pretty old.... why not get a good used one from Ebay... I spent approx 200 and somthing for a complete fast XP system for my in laws last Nov and it is still going...

johnny331 07-11-2007 05:19 PM

256mb is pretty much inadequate for xp (no officially though). 512 would be better.

Hands down, is the biggest/best supplier of computer parts. I've bought dozens of things there, never had a problem.

When you say SDRAM you probably have 168-pin, pc100 or pc133 speed. (they're interchangeable)
that's $28.99 for 256MB more, a good brand too
$60.00 for 512mb

The shipping is always cheap, and you can just add it to your existing ram, so you'll be at 512/768mb respectively.

To be extra sure, why don't you post the model of your computer, I can double check if that's what you'll need...

shyampc 07-12-2007 05:55 AM

My PC is P4 1.7 Ghz with 256 MB of RAM and Asus motherboard. I need SDRAM. Now all computers use DDRRAM. I think that the amount you quoted is reasonable for 256 MB, but more price charged on 512 MB.

poppameth 07-12-2007 07:37 AM

go to and you can use their memory selector to find what you need by brand. If it's custom built, download a program called CPU-Z from here:
It'll give you all the info you need on your RAM to find compatible product. Post the info here if you like and we'll find the right stuff for you. Most likely you'll need DDR400. You can get Corsair's value ram at Newegg for a fair price.

poppameth 07-12-2007 07:40 AM

Here is an example of good cheap RAM that will "probably" work in your system.

shyampc 07-12-2007 07:46 AM

Thank you all for your support and help. I will try those. I am also planning to buy a new PC. Hope this will solve the speed problems. Also, spares are priced higher for older Pc's compared to new ones'.

poppameth 07-12-2007 09:21 AM

Yes with RAM is evidently cost more for older modules because they are made in small runs instead of bulk. Still your rig doesn't sound old enough to get into the really expensive RAM yet.

shyampc 07-12-2007 10:53 AM

Yes, SDRAM is still readily available, but I think that comparitively it is expensive than DDR RAM. As time goes, it will bev more costly to afford it with an old machine.

lhoney2 07-13-2007 08:26 PM

My parents have an AMD Thunderbird 1.2 Ghz machine w/ PC-100 or 133 SDRAM. Can't remember which. When they got it, it had 128MB. My dad put a gig in it about 2 years ago, and it runs XP like a champ. It's their second computer, and is mostly used for web browsing and office apps.

Depending on what you use the computer for (i.e. no gaming), I'd go ahead and put a gig in the machine. It will fly compared to what it's doing now.

I just priced the RAM at newegg, and it looks like it will run you about $100 for a gig. That's pretty steep. I just bought 2 gigs of DDR-2 800 MHz RAM for a new build for myself for about that.

Open up the case and locate the model number of the motherboard. It'll be printed on the board somewhere. Then goto the manufacturer's website, or google it and find out the capacity of your RAM slots.

shyampc 07-14-2007 01:16 AM

Thank you for your help and suggestions. I will either increase my RAM or else buy a new PC. I think any of these will solve the problem with speed.

Cement Man 07-30-2007 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by shyampc (Post 52878)
Thank you for your help and suggestions. I will either increase my RAM or else buy a new PC. I think any of these will solve the problem with speed.

Like said Newegg is a great website for most all of your computer needs.
Best way to assure what ram will 'play nice' with your motherboard is to go to your motherboard site or when in doub't go to Crucials web site and put in your comp. info to see what ram will be good for your rig.
XP does require more ram than any version of Windows 98.
BTW: You can mix pc100 with pc133 but your rig will run at the 'lowest' speed of the lowest ram you have in it.

shyampc 07-31-2007 12:31 AM

Thank you for the response and advice. I am planning to buy a new PC or to upgrade RAM to 512 MB/1GB. Hope this will be sufficient for required speed.

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