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Old 01-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Good online place to buy RAM?

I have recently acquired an older Vaio laptop thanks to one of my sister's clients. It's only got 512mb of RAM--running WinXP/SP3--and I want to add more RAM.

Apparently Sony VAIO's have somewhat proprietary RAM. I've done some browsing around and found a number of places that sell VAIO replacement RAM but I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good (reputable) online source for RAM--it's been too long since I ordered RAM and I can't find any of the notes I made the last time I did order it...

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Old 01-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I don't know places that also have good RAM finders (to match a computer model to the appropriate RAM type). But if you know what you want, there are lots of places to check. I generally start at newegg.com, and both Amazon and B&H carry lots of computer stuff at good prices, RAM included.

   
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
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I've found a number of places that offer the specific RAM I need but I've never dealt with any of them before and I have a memory of at least 2 places that were considered to be very reputable but I can't remember what they are...'-}}

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Old 01-13-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Have you checked whether its motherboard actually accepts more RAM? The chipset on a motherboard (any motherboard) only supports so much RAM and that will be your upper limit (unless you replace the whole motherboard - not feasible in a laptop). Also, for a laptop, you often need two identical memory cards, so (if the motherboard supports more RAM than you have) you may not be able to *add* RAM but may have to replace what's in there already.

Check before you buy!

   
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Yes and I'm planning on replacing both the sticks...

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Old 01-14-2012, 07:04 AM   #6
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www.crucial.com

They have reasonable prices, are easy and reliable to deal with, ship the ram with, in my experience, pretty good installation instructions. AND have a nice site that lets you plug in the make/model of the computer and learn what kind of RAM it wants, how much you can stuff into it and what it'll cost for each option.

   
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That's it! Thanks so much! I just couldn't remember the name...'-}}

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Crucial is the place -- if you let their wizard check the machine and confirm the RAM it needs, and if they have it still, then you get a lifetime warranty on the RAM ... and that does not mean until if fails!

If they don't have it you could try Kingston who are the people of choice by Toshiba.

   
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And I'm betting that Kingston was the other one Terrie couldn't remember. ;-)

It's worth checking both, in fact. ISTR that Crucial has had the best price for the RAM I've bought usually, but once in a while Kingston's a better deal.

   
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Right -- although I've never had to go to Kingston some Toshiba users have complained about poor performance or other problems when they tried other makes and I think Toshiba only "support" Kingston ....

IOW Others may work but you are on your own if it does not; don't bother Toshiba with your problem.

   
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