adding RAM to pre-built PC

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  1. Pipeline1962

    Pipeline1962 New Member

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    I planned to buy a PC from HP's site (they were the cheapest) and after days of customizing:p ... the deals ended. So in my price budget I'm stuck with 256 mb ram.
    even keeping everything else, i'm still paying more for it than i would have three days ago. (the printer is free, and i'm getting a better monitor from newegg... saving 60 bucks in the process)


    i'm not going to have time to figure out every aspect of putting together my own box (leaving for school soon)... so my first thought was buying more ram separately. does it need to be the exact same speed as that provided with the computer? (DDR2 SDRAM at 400 mhz... pc 3200) or can i get any faster?


    or, are there any other sites i can buy a pc for under $900 including shipping?
    preferred specs are:
    XP professional
    512mb ram (maybe up to 1gb?)
    160gb HD (80 isn't going to cut it)
    pentium 4 (preferably not under 3 ghz) or comparable
    any printer
    any video
    any sound


    if any of this stuff sounds weak, i don't want to experiment too much... i need a PC that'll work when i'm done setting it up with just enough balls to watch movies, store music, and play a few games. any help is appreciated. ~J
     
  2. XR250rdr

    XR250rdr OT Supporter

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    I really doubt its DDR2, just plain PC3200 DDR. Corsair VS should do the trick nicely.

    That comp sounds fine for anything but gaming.
     
  3. Pipeline1962

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    i wasn't sure about it being DDR2.. that's how it was labeled on the site, and i checked on newegg for something similar, and they had a few different brands available.

    the newest game i have is jedi knight 1, or maybe quake 3:p. those run perfectly on the low-grade dell i have now... any other recommendations?
     
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    Those games will run okay, current gen games will need a decent video card.

    Do you have a link to the system specs?
     
  5. SlyFrog

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    Dell sale (click here).

    Take a look at the 9100, for example. You can do that under $900 (possibly a fair bit under).
     
  6. PC Principle

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    Dude build the computer yourself.
     
  7. Pipeline1962

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    all figured out. bought a dell 5100 all lowest options (i ended up getting the 80gb HD... we'll see what i stick on there if i need another one...) and figured i could go an extra 150 and get a little extra power in there. and that better monitor..:p

    so all in all about $1050. using savings bonds helped a little ;-)

    and now i can play games released up to ~2002-2003:p.

    thanks everyone for your input.
     

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