Ram Upgrade

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I currently have a Dell Inspiron 530 (Win XP x86, Q6600, 2GB DDR2 800MHz, ATI HD 4850, 500GB HD), which I've had for going on 3 years now.  Since 2GB of RAM is no longer sufficient for a few of the newer games out now, I've had to upgrade which is no big deal. The motherboard supports up to 8GB of RAM, 4 slots total with up to 2GB per slot. Currently it has 2x1GB sticks in place.

I've ordered the following upgrade which should arrive in a few days:



Along with this upgrade, I've installed Windows 7 64bit to support the additional RAM being added and to simply bring this computer completely up to date.

What I'm wondering is, would I be able to run all 6GB of the ram or will I be forced to only use the 2x2GB sticks that I've just purchased? They both run at 800MHz, but I'm not sure if the timings of the different RAM would make them incapable of working with each other. It'd be nice if I could use all 6GB, I wouldn't need to upgrade again for quite some time.

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR2 800Mhz 500GB ATI HD 4850 512mb 22" LCD

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all 6 should be compatible-it will automatically clock down to the weakest link.

That comp should be good for some time to come.

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Yes, I've definitely gotten my money's worth, it's been a great PC for 3 years and it's looking good for awhile longer (depending whether this ram stuff goes through). If it gives me any problems, I'll probably just rip out the CPU, HD and GPU and build a new system with it, no big deal. Anyways, Figured I'd go ahead and give some more information about this all and what I'm finding out.

The ram that's currently in place is the ram as per shipped by DELL: 2x Hynix 1GB 1Rx8 PC2-6400U-666-1​2 (never heard of Hynix although it's made by Samsung apparently)

I've also seen that there is some speculation that this motherboard only supports 4gb total, and in some versions or Bios versions it supports 8gb. There's 5 total versions of the motherboards shipped with Inspiron 530's: The 530, 530a (known to support 8gb), 530b (known to support 8gb), 530c (typically supports only 4), and 530b (typically supports only 4); In which I have the  530 version that has mixed reviews some can't, some can. Information about it all is pretty scattered but what I'm most concerned about is if I will even be able to use the 2GB sticks at all.

Dell apparently has purposely gimped their Inspiron 530/530s line (although the 530a/530b that were exclusively sold in China did not have these restrictions) to not allow operating systems installed on it to see or use more than 4gb of RAM. To further explain, even though the motherboards fully supported up to 8GB (4x2GB) of RAM, if you were to install 8GB of RAM into one of these systems, it would show 8GB in the bios yet when booted into the OS (No matter if you're using linux, windows, x64, x86, etc) it will only see as much as 4GB and only allow the use of 4GB. The only explaination behind this is to push people to buy their more expensive "XPS" systems, which can use more than 4GB. It keeps people (like me) from buying a respectable system for cheap, then upgrading it to similar specs of their XPS lineup.

That said I'm curious if anyone here has had a 530 (or had a family member with one) and saw this happen upon installing more than 4gb.

Other than that, still waiting on my RAM to arrive. It was ordered last saturday with 7 day standard delivery and it JUST shipped wednesday. . .? Heh

Joined: 06/19/2010
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thanks  a lot !!!!!