I own a Dell Optiplex GX260, and my computer started acting up a few days ago, not wanting to boot to BIOS. So I played around and figured out that one of my RAM sticks went bad (I had 2x 512 DDR - PC2100).
So, I decided that this would be a good time to upgrade my RAM and started looking to what's compatible with my motherboard.
Now, when I went to Dell's website and looked for RAM that's compatible, it showed a Dell memory with the following specs: DDR PC3200 - NON-ECC Unbuffered.
This RAM is fairly expensive in Europe... or should I say I can find other sticks much cheaper. If I find a different RAM with the same specs, will it be compatible?
Also, would memory with frequency of PC2700 work as well? Again, logically, it's in the frequency range between the old (PC2100) and the new (PC3200).
I never got an answer to this question, so I ended up buying the memory from Dell (Belgium)... It was somewhat more expensive, but they had a special with free shipping, so it kind of came to the same bottom line.
I bought 2x 1gb sticks, @PC3200, Non-ECC, and they work like a charm.
Yes sorry I haven;t replied, the RAM with the higher frequency should clock down to the maximum supported frequency of your motherboard.
The reason DDR RAM is so expensive is due to the fact that they are no longer mass produced as all new computers are using DDR2 or DDR3 RAM.
You can convert your PC to a DDR2 Dual-Core system for around £160 from novatech (http://novatech.co.uk/) this is an english company if this will cause any isues. But I am sure there are more european companies similar to novatech.