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Read upgrading manual to see what memory type your motherboard is compatible with. If you are increasing the size of your computer's memory, then it is best practice to buy similar specifications to that installed on your computer, but this time with higher memory size.
As you may have come across,
Visit your Motherboard vendor website and go to the support page of your product, if you do not have the Manuals at hand. Stick to the Maximum suggested Memory size limit. Do not Exceed it. For any Motherboard type, there is a limit of Maximum of Memory size to be installed.
For a general home or office user, a computer with 1 to 2 GB memory can do the job. However, if you are planning to use or upgrade your computer for video-editing tasks or enjoy video gaming, then you may have to go for a minimum of 3 GB of memory or higher.
The Memory (or RAM) installed on your
You could go either for AGP slot or PCI slot type of
No conflict arises just because the system and Video card Memory types of versions are different. Therefore, a computer installed with DDR on the motherboard may take on Video Graphics card with DDR3 Memory and would work fine. Points of caution, however, this should not always be the case if you are running or intending to upgrade a very old computer (e.g.: 7 or 8 years old). In the later case, my advice is that you need to go for a new computer instead for upgrading.
Generally, AGP cards are long and could take-up more space, so make sure your and other cards installed on your motherboard could accommodate it.
Large sizes of Graphics Cards may take-up more power than shorter sizes. Therefore, make sure your computer's power supply is enough to power the Video Graphics card you intending to buy. Otherwise, you may also have to change the power supply capacity o your computer, which will also require you extra £20 - £30 investment.
For a general home or office user, a computer with 64 to 128 MB memory can do the job. However, if you are planning to use or upgrade your computer for video-editing tasks or enjoy video gaming, then you may have to go for a minimum of 256 MB of memory or higher. I would personally recommend going for 512 MB to 1 GB of memory.
The Memory type that you use on your PCI slot is backward and forward compatible, so you can choose whichever one, but the DDR3 is preferred to DDR2 or DDR, as it will give better performance. Another issue to consider is that, the Voltage specification of the Video Card should be compatible with that recommended by the Motherboard manufacturer. For example, they put it as +1.5v etc. There are also issues with applying a technique called Graphics cross-fire, in order to minimise power consumption. This is done by installing two small size Video Graphics cards on the PCI slot of the motherboard, and then both are linked via cable, so that when the computer boots, it recognises them as one and you would enjoy higher definition of video. Not all Video cards are capable of this, only some come with this features. I would however recommend this option only if you have the experience of customising or configuring the computer.
Updated: 28 May 2011Read more articles
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