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Hardware Thread, Optimal amount of RAM in Technical; I've got about 20 older machines which I'm hoping to put back in to service. They are 3Ghz Pentium 4's ...
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    Optimal amount of RAM

    I've got about 20 older machines which I'm hoping to put back in to service.

    They are 3Ghz Pentium 4's and currently have 512Mb of RAM. How much do you think I should put in? Another 512 stick is about 18, a gig stick is 33 (prices from scan ex VAT).

    We are currently running XP but hoping to upgrade to Windows 7 in the foreseeable future.
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    Bloody hell, thats expensive... What DDR are they?? I bought some PC2-5300 1Gb for just over 11 each, mind you i did buy 176 sticks to do what you are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    Bloody hell, thats expensive... What DDR are they?? I bought some PC2-5300 1Gb for just over 11 each, mind you i did buy 176 sticks to do what you are doing.
    Just standard DDR-400 PC-3200. They are pretty old machines.
    When did you buy that as the price of memory seems to be going through the roof at the moment?

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    oh, that is the right price then. The old stuff is getting more expensive...

    We bought ours during the summer break, the summer just gone. I basically went out to as many suppliers as possible and wasn't bothered about the make. We ended up getting transend memory.

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    I would try 7 on them first I installed 7 on a dell gx270 2.8GHz with only 512mb in and it flies windows 7 on, it seems to cut back on graphics performance when you have less ram and they run great much better than XP SP3 with a gig in, if you can get the ram go for the most you can get.

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    We have similar machines as teacher PCs around the school, running very well with 1GB in now. 2GB would be great, but no point if the apps you run won't use it. 512MB isn't much good now though - Windows XP+AV alone uses all but about 110MB of it. Load up a web browser and it'll crawl

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    Last year we were running 512mb in teacher machines but last year we decided to stick a gig stick in the machines. They ran better as this meant there was 1.25Gb in the machines. Now, this year we have upt'd it to 2Gb installed and SIMS is not working like a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    SIMS is not working like a dream.
    Was that a typo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    Was that a typo?
    I was just wondering that

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I'm going to put an extra Gb in to them all and I think that will be a happy medium between price and performance.

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    Ahh, yeah, sorry, It was meant to say, SIMS working like a dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    Ahh, yeah, sorry, It was meant to say, SIMS working like a dream...
    I'd have thought that was more of a Typo to be honest.

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    Test the machines with Windows 7 before you buy anything for them, you may have compatibility problems with graphics/sound drivers which we found on our older machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Test the machines with Windows 7 before you buy anything for them, you may have compatibility problems with graphics/sound drivers which we found on our older machines.
    Will do, thanks for the warning.

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    @Tricky_Dicky:

    Have just ordered 60 1Gb strips of corsair memory for 1034 each stick costing approx 17 and will release another 2 years life from these machines due to run windows 7 (tested and works fine with 512Mb) so for me it is a good investment as I will recycle them to thin clients in another 2 years time.

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