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can you mix memory brands

by phinphan1 / October 24, 2005 7:02 AM PDT

i have a dell dimension 8400 with 1gb of pc4200 533mhz ram. my question is,if i add another gig of ram does it have to be from dell, or can i add another brand, as long as it is the same specifications as my existing ram. please advise. thank you!

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Any brand's fine...
by John.Wilkinson / October 24, 2005 7:27 AM PDT

Although some brands (say, Crucial, Kingston, and PNY) are considered 'better' (definition various, but usually corresponds to reputation) than others (say, K-Byte), it really doesn't matter what brands of memory you pair together as long as they have the same specs. (Side note: Click here to see if latency is something you should consider.) And, unlike Dell's PDAs, their PCs don't require proprietary technology, allowing you to purchase any brand from any company you like. Thus, I say, shop away!

Hope this helps,
John

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It should
by Willy / October 24, 2005 8:50 AM PDT

You pretty much answered you're own question.

"add another brand, as long as it is the same specifications as my existing ram."

Yes, do the above and you're in. I suggest you visit any decent ram source or http://www.crucial.com Remember, cheap is cheap so be sure that saving a few $ doesn't effect your choice as some cheaper ram are borderline tolerant. But saying that, just be sure it'll do what it says it can do and what the return policy if not.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Just wondering why. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 24, 2005 9:05 AM PDT

you need two Gig of RAM. Do you do a lot of HD video or gene splicing?

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