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hello, i am trying to put some more ram in a machine that was given to my brother, i do know that it is rambus and it is currently running
256m however the wierd thing is that there is one 256 stick
and the other slot was occupied as well so i pulled that one and
it was blank all it said was dell no stats no nothing
so what is the purpose of this?

oh and the rambus 256 stick does not really give much info either
it has this wierd blue cover and the text is as follows
samsung 265/16 ecc
mr18r082gan1-ck7 711-45 100

so i have no idea what to order in

i want to get this thing running 512

also the machine is a

dell dimension xps b866r

the only other thing that i am having trouble
with is trying to figure what agp it is runnin g so
that I can upgrade the graphics cards so that he
can play world of warcraft,
i am assuming agp x4

however the only thing it says on the board is
universal agp
 

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rambus memory is an odd system.

for each channel, there is two slots, each must have a stick in it.

if you only want one stick, you use a placeholder stink in the other slot, otherwise you will get a no boot condition.

what is your board, and then we can help more.

p.s. rambus memory is alot more expensive, so get ready to cry.


edit, i found this... http://www.memoryworld.net/HTML/memory_series/DimensionXPS_DimensionXPSB866Rmemory.html
 

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Sounds like RAMBUS to me! RAMBUS is the most hated thing in the PC world because it's the pickiest, stupidest RAM ever. The worst thing about it is hat it must be installed in pairs. Since RAMBUS failed to gain popularity it's very hard to find and very expensive. You might find it online or at a second-hand parts shop but that's about it. I'd suggest a new board and new RAM, might be cheaper.
 

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well the machine is a dell
so i am assummin it is a xps b866r
i found a place that sells the upgrades
however now i am not sure of the video card
all it says is universal agp
is that agpx1

or is there another way to find out
if it is agpx4 or agpx?

think the comp was bought in '99


would it be better to get a pci video card?
 

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Usually "universal AGP" means that it's an AGP 4X which can accept both 3.3 volt and 1.5 volt video cards. If that's the case then you can stick any AGP video card in that motherboard. You can tell for sure by running Everest. It can tell you all about your motherboard and AGP slot. You definitely should use the AGP slot rather than the PCI slot for a video card. AGP cards are much cheaper and faster than the equivalent PCI cards.
 

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ok i will run everest but if it is a agpx4
only apgx4 gpu's will work on it right?
if thats the case what would be a good card for it?
hes really just interested in WOW
and the one he has in it actually almost plays
it other than the sky flickers and its a lil jumpy,
lol
 

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If this is the computer then it's a motherboard using the Intel 820 chipset. The chipset is in Everest but you can also find it in CPU-Z. The chipset is listed in CPU-Z on the "Mainboard" tab. That also tells you what kind of AGP you have which should be AGP 2.0. That chipset can support any kind of AGP card including AGP 8X although they will run only at AGP 4X. Running at AGP 4X does not limit the performance much at all. However an 866MHz Pentium III barely meets the system requirements for WOW. Even if you put a fast video card in that computer the game will probably be limited by the relatively slow Pentium III. A better video card could improve the looks of the images but the game would probably still be very choppy on that CPU. What kind of video card is in the computer now? (Everest can tell you that)
 
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