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    Default 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    Hi, I was thinking of getting a dell inspiron 9300 and was I wondering whether 1gb would make a big difference over 512mb

    It adds $250 CAN to the price.

    It's either
    1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 2 Dimm
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    512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 2 Dimm

    I don't want the system to get outdated too fast. I'm getting a 256mb gfx card in it so should I also get 1gb of ram?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    Right now, there aren't many programs that take advantage of 1 GB but in the future memory demands should increase so it is better to install now for future peace of mind.

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    I would get 1GB if you can, but I'd do it with 512 on one DIMM from Dell and buy the other 512 elsewhere. It will be cheaper that way.

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    is that possible? On the customize option I only have 3 choices and they are all 2 DIMM...is there a special was to make a change like that?

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    Optimally, buy it with bare memory options and just buy a new stick from Newegg.

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    for $250 you can pretty much get two 1 GB sticks to upgrade yourself; very easy to do on dells

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    If you have 512MB on your computer right now, you'll notice that XP uses about 200-250mb of it. The other half goes to your programs. So going with 1GB really just depends on what kind of programs you're running and how much multi-tasking you do.

    If your system is mainly used for internet and word processing you won't notice any difference. However you mentioned a graphics card, so I assume your into games or video editing. If that's the case then 1GB might be nice, but still isn't critical. I feel that the video card and processor are more important. I would spend more on the graphics card if your a gamer.

    Remember, the CPU takes programs & files from the hard drive and puts them into memory only while the program is in use. Most programs don't use more memory then it needs to run. In fact it's really only games, and video editing that request more memory and that's because it's always loading new files (usually images and video which the graphics card and it's own ram can handle).
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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    yah but 1 gb line is huge. like 1 v 2 gb isnt big, but 512mb vs 1 gb is definately something worth doing

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    ..nice notebook by the way. May I ask ..what the rpm of the HDD is ...?

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    Default Re: 512mb vs 1gb ram - big difference?

    I'd suggest getting the 256 1 dimm.

    Then upgrade through newegg, crucial, etc.

    Through newegg, 2gb is $220, through crucial, $280.
    1gb is like $140.

    Don't get the 512 2 dimm. They're just sticking another 256 mb stick in it. Which you'll likely need to pull out soon anyways.
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