Upgrade the RAM on an old ASRock motherboard

by on August 18, 2009

Q: I want to upgrade my old PC by adding more RAM. The problem is I have no idea what kind of RAM it needs. I know there are many types of RAMs DDR, DDR2 and what not so which type should I buy?

I currently have single chip with 512MB so I am wondering if it would be okay to install 256MB or if I would have to install 512MB like the first one?

I am running Windows XP Pro and the motherboard is a ASRock K8Upgrade-NF3 (4 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 Future CPU Port, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN).

A: Based on the information from your motherboard, your system has 2x DDR DIMM slots and supports DDR400/333/266 non-ECC, un-buffered memory. In non-geek terms this means you need DDR RAM, and that 400, 333 or 266 will work.

A 256meg stick should work but the prices on the older DDR RAM are very low. You can buy a new stick of 512meg for only $10-$20 US. You will see more of an increase in performance going from 512MB to 1GB than from 512MB to 768MB.

You can find examples of what RAM will work at NewEgg.com.

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