Having a hard time buying RAM online!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by BlackScarletLove, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. BlackScarletLove

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    I am having difficulties finding the specifications of RAM I want.

    I am looking for a gig of pc3200 ddr ram for a total cost (including shipping) of not more than $165CDN. Of course, I'd rather only be paying around $80 before shipping, that sort of range, some of these prices I see are ridiculous...

    I understand a limited amount about ram specs, such as the importance of CAS Latency, but not much.
    I used cpu-z to find the specs on my existing ram, (report screenshot attached) and I find that my CL is 2.5. Since modules with different CL can be mixed on a system, but the system will only run at the highest (slowest) CL, that means I need to get ram that is 2.5.
    This is proving very difficult to find. Almost everything I see is 3, and these sites are retardedly difficult to navigate...

    There are certain pieces that look interesting, but don't mention the CL, such as
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...682&CatId=1600
    and
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...L TECHNOLOGY
    so I don't know what is the CL, and I need to in order to know that it is the right piece for my pc.


    Also, from looking at the attached report about my existing ram, does anybody see any of those other specs (RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD), RAS Precharge Delay (tRP), Precharge Delay (tRAS)) that I should also be keeping in mind to match while shopping, besides the CL?


    Since hardware is not my strongpoint, this is a very overwhelming and pressuring venture for me, wanting to get the best for my system at the most reasonable prices, when I only have a very lingering grasp of what the best for my system is, lol.
    Any help on this would be appreciated.
     

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  2. LordOfLA

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  3. BlackScarletLove

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    I quite disagree. X(


    lol, somehow I don't think they were unnecessarily complex if they were relevant.

    From what I've studied, the stick that you directed me to (which is 512 not 1GB) would not meet my needs just fine. Unless all the complex info I've researched is wrong, then this stick would only slow my existing ram down. I quite happen to like complex solutions, because they allow me to learn specific verbose details of how and why. I dislike taking someone's word for a quick fix.
     
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    Take it or leave it. .5 is not going to make any difference what so ever to your pc's performance that will be noticable by you.

    Search tigerdirect for crucial pc3200 and the capacity you want and buy one that does not indicate it is ECC ram.
     
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