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Old 01-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hello. This may make little or no sense, so please bear with me. I was thinking of upgrading/adding ram to an old computer. Looking into it, as far as I can tell the computer's ram capacity is 4 gig? It currently has only 2 gig. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 530, with Core 2 Duo E8300...... 2.83 ghz. The OS is Vista 32-bit. If the OS was changed to 64-bit, would that expand the ram capacity to a working 8 gig, or would it just be a case where the OS would only recognize 8 gig? Another thing is that apparently if I added 2 gig, only 3-3.5 gig of the 4 gig would be used with the 32-bit? Would that be different with 64-bit? I don't necessarily need more than 4 gig on the computer, but would like to get as much out of it as possible. I guess in the end, what are the advantages and disadvantages of changing to 64-bit? Hopefully at least some of this made sense. Thanks.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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Even 4GB (matched pair of 2x2) would be a big improvement using Vista.
A 64Bit OS will see the full 8GB of RAM and Crucial brand is the best choice for OEM Mobo's.
But, a 2x4GB matched pair of DDR2 will run you over $200.



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max your system can handle is 4 gigs no matter the operating system. stick with 32 bit os.. 64 will not do anything for you.
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Crucial site says 2x2GB but the info I found said Dell Inspiron 530 were updated and can use 2x4GB. You would want to be certain before purchasing the 2x4 GB pair.



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OP needs to confirm which specific model he has.

According to the Inspiron 530 series manual there are five distinct models of the 530, with two distinct motherboards.

The 530, 530a, and 530c have boards with four DIMM slots, supporting 512MB, 1GB and 2GB DIMMs. The 530 supports a maximum of 4GB; the 530a and 530c supports up to 8GB.

The 530b and 530d have boards with just two memory slots, each supporting 512MB, 1GB and 2GB DIMMs for a maximum of 4GB

Personally, I wouldn't even think about pushing in 8GB. If a four slot board, I'ld simply add a 2 x 1GB kit of value RAM of spec similar to what is currently installed. If a two slot board, only option is to replace the current modules with a 2 x 2GB kit.
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Note: Adding a 2x1GB matched pair is an option but mixing RAM, even if identical, can result in problems.



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