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 Post subject: Upgrading Laptop Memory - Compatibility Question
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:05 pm 
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Hey! So, I'm new to the MPC forums, so go easy on me. I've got a quick question for anyone who can help me:

I'm upgrading my laptop's memory, and I need to see if a specific type of setup will work with my specs.

What I've got is a Dell Inspirion 1764 (I know, it's terrible). Specs are as follows:

Processor - 2.26 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM - 4 GB DDR3
Hard Drive - 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor - Intel HD Graphics
Item model number - i1764-6075OBK
Hardware Platform - PC
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Item Weight - 6.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H - 10.87 x 16.54 x 1.31 inches
Processor Brand - Intel
Processor Count - 1
Optical Drive Type - Dual layer DVD Burner
Power Source - AC

I've looked around at upgrading the RAM because it's so ridiculously slow, and I need to run programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere without worrying about them crashing all the time.

So, I had my eyes set on the Crucial 8GB Memory Module:

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC3-10600 ... ory+module

But, then I saw that there was this Crucial 16BG Memory Module:

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Technolog ... ory+module

What I need to know is if I can even upgrade to the 16GB set. I'm not sure if it'll be compatible with my laptop, so if anyone can answer that question for me, it would be a massive help!

Thanks you guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Laptop Memory - Compatibility Question
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:06 pm 
Coppermine
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It does not look like your computer supports 16GB: Inspiron 1764 Comprehensive specs

Personally, I'm not sure the bump to 16GB of RAM would have helped that much. You have several other components holding you back: a slow HDD and integrated graphics are probably hurting you more than the RAM. That's my guess, but maybe someone with more experience with those applications could confirm.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Laptop Memory - Compatibility Question
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:29 pm 
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Yes, RAM is usually never a culprit unless you're legitimately running out. If anything, you'd get a bigger boost in perceived speed with an SSD replacing the HDD.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Laptop Memory - Compatibility Question
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:37 am 
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They are correct, 8Gb is the max. supported by your laptop. With a 64-bit OS you definitely want to max out the RAM with 2 x 4Gb. This will also increase battery life due to decreases in disk accesses using virtual memory. You can also choose to use 1.35V RAM for additional battery life since I am assuming you currently have a 2 x 2Gb arrangement.

If your current drive is a 5,400RPM drive (quite possible) then an SSD would be a noticeable improvement with lower battery usage. I note it is a SATA 2 port, so a hybrid drive like the Seagate Momentus XT would give you a lot more space and pretty much all the benefits of an SSD.

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