Thanks everyone for your replies. I really appreciate it
MoTokyo wrote:If your pc is suddenly dragging its feet ...
Great advice. My pc isn't slow - just I want more grunt. Also I've ordered my vista upgrade disk.
As ksl pointed out, you should purchase identical sticks when replacing ram. PC's will run ram at the slowest possible speed, without exception. So if you purchase an expensive stick and place it next to a dusty slow one, both will run at the same speed. Motherboards are tuned to do this to prevent either stick from overheating.
My motherboard only has 2 slots, and I'm told by the technician that replaced my HD one week after I got the pc in December that the MB has not been tested for higher than 2GB.
Essentially I am replacing a 512mb stick with 2x 1gb sticks, though for warranty purposes I'll be keeping the 512mb stick for the next year. That technician mentioned that removing the original memory voids the warranty (if hp finds out). So, if i have any problems for the remainder of the warranty, I'll need it just in case to pop back in the PC like as if it were never taken out.
Good ram -
OCZ ram is great for overclocking abilities but Corsair in my opinion offers the fastest and most reliable out-of-the-box ram on the market.
The Corsair's mentioned earlier are only $99 each - is there a big difference between Corsair sticks, or are the ones offered for $99 fairly good?
But since you pissed this guy off, you can't purchase anything from him. Why? Because he'll give you something used, or without the warranty, or... well you get the picture.
Great advice, though I'm not a real haggler. I'd rather find out what's a good brand (such as Corsair?), and see who's offering it at the cheapest at the time eg such as hardwarezone comparison guide & go straight there. I might pay ~$20 more, but for me it's less headaches.