RAM prices are very low and that makes the decision for how much RAM to get for the computer much easier. A total of 256MB of RAM will do the job very nicely and help ensure the overall system performance is not unduly impaired by the amount of RAM in the system. But with RAM prices so low I recommend a total of 512MB of RAM. Chances are the extra RAM will come in handy more likely sooner than later. More than 512MB of RAM is generally overkill. And if you are using Windows 98SE and pack your system with more
than 512MB of RAM then you should be aware of this Microsoft Product Support Service article in case you run into any trouble.
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The popular motherboards of today use primarily either PC133 SDRAM memory (for KT133A motherboards), PC2100 DDR memory (for KT266A motherboards) or PC2700 memory (for KT333 motherboards). All follow the DIMM form factor (physical construction). A motherboard will support either SDRAM or DDR memory, but nearly always not both since they require different size memory slots. Even the rare motherboard that does provide both sizes of memory slots such that either size can be accommodated does not allow both types to be used at the same time.
Not all computer memory is the same. For example, older computers use SIMM memory modules whereas DIMM memory modules are common today. But even among compatible memory modules, there are a number of manufacturer's from which to choose. It's not only important to purchase RAM that's compatible with your computer, it's important to choose top quality RAM. Many computer problems are due to the use of sub-quality RAM. Companies such as Kingston and Corsair have good reputations, and Mushkin makes the highest quality RAM for those willing to pay a premium price, but for top quality RAM without paying extra the place to go is Crucial.
Crucial memory comes with a lifetime guarantee! Shipping is free! And they take the uncertainty out of knowing which RAM is right for your computer with their handy RAM selector. Start by selecting your motherboard (such as ABit, ASUS, EPoX, etc.), clicking Go and then follow the selections to find the RAM compatible for your motherboard. The page listing the compatible memory modules will also show the maximum amount of memory your particular brand and model of motherboard supports. Above the table of compatible memory modules, look for "Maximum Memory", "Standard Memory" and "Slots".
Crucial memory is also available for UK/European orders through this link!
Save on RAM. Buy direct from Crucial UK!
For a great deal more information regarding memory and for detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to install memory, check out my
Computer Memory Upgrade - How To Add Or Upgrade System Memory (RAM) For Your Computer site. If you're wondering about such things as unbuffered memory, buffered memory, registered memory, parity, non-parity, ECC, or anything else about memory then this site will help!
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