Help me buy new ram sticks
February 19, 2014 8:52 PM   Subscribe

I have a eMachines T3504. Crucial's scanner says that I should buy:

Part Number: CT577835
Module Size: 2GB kit (1GBx2)
Package: 184-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR PC3200
Specs: DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64 •

The catch is that I tried this scanner once before and I remember that the memory that crucial sent didn't fit. Can you give confirmation that this is the right memory. I have in my mind that eMachines is a little non-standard with their RAM. I'm currently running a 512 and a 256. The computer sees 640. Thank you for your help.
posted by notned to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
All I can do is google for the specs on that machine, but from the specs I found it looks like that is the right RAM.

I'm assuming you don't have a very big budget, but given that you'll be paying $40-50 for RAM that memory, I'd seriously consider saving the money and putting it towards a more modern, capable, new-to-you computer. For example, NewEgg vendors sells refurbished desktops with 4GB of RAM and Core2Duo CPUs and a Windows 7 license for $150. It'll be notably faster than your computer, even with the new RAM, and the operating system will continue getting security updates for a while still. Meanwhile, Microsoft is about to stop releasing security updates for WindowsXP.
posted by Good Brain at 10:46 PM on February 19, 2014

I've never had a problem with Crucial, and they guarantee it will be the right ram. But this machine is from *2007*, do what Good Brain says and ditch it. Get a refurb.
posted by devnull at 4:19 AM on February 20, 2014

Here's a few cheaper versions of the same spec RAM which should work just as well.

Komputerbay (never heard of them, but they're just a reseller slapping their own label on somebody elses RAM. The image shows Samsung chips which was usually the best quality for DDR1)

Kingston ValueRAM
(They shopped out the label and component markings in the product image, so it's probably eTT (basically no-name brand, not fully tested) memory which is usually lower quality)

More Kingston (assuming the image is related to what you actually get, this is using proper Samsung DRAM chips so if it were me I'd go with this one over the eTT stuff!

They're all DDR1 which just isn't made anymore, so you're only buying old inventory no matter who you buy from
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:45 AM on February 20, 2014

Nthing that it is time to retire that machine. In addition to it being old, it appears that it came with Windows XP, which Microsoft will stop supporting in April of this year. Running XP past that point will make you more vulnerable to malware and exploits, as MS will no longer be providing security patches.
posted by Aleyn at 5:55 PM on February 20, 2014

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