PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/RAM Upgrade

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QUESTION: Hello,

I have a question about RAM upgrades to my computer.

I have the following in my computer

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit, service pack 1, AMD Athlon IIx2 250 processor 3.01 ghz, NVIDIA Geforce 210, Asus M2N68 - Am Plus mother board, PNY 64b0qjthe - hs  092474616 Ram installed.

I purchased this computer locally from an independent computer shop 2 yrs ago and it came with all the above installed.

Lately I have been getting the high CPU usage error coming up.

If I check the task manager I notice my physical memory is always in the double digits.

I have been told by a few people that 2gb or ram is bare bones and since I am running windows 7 64 bit I need more.

I don't know a great deal about computers.

What RAM should I upgrade to?

Thank You for you time & Have a great day!

Steve

ANSWER: If you are only running 2GB with a quad core processor, you are getting a bottleneck. With a quad core processor I would go with at least 4GB. I think your motherboard only supports 4GB. Max it out to 4GB. I would suggest www.crucial.com, tigerdirect.com, or newegg. I would also suggest going to www.blackviper.com (I know the name sounds weird, but this guy knows his stuff) and do the service tweaks for your particular OS. There are many things that run that you simply don't need unless you are in a corporate environment.
If you really want to go all out, upgrade your motherboard to one that has a max of 8GB RAM. Here is a link to one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=19634
It is a socket AM3, which I believe your processor is. Bottom line, you definitely need more RAM.


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QUESTION: I didn't know I had a Quad core processor, I thought it was a dual.

Anyway, according to the Crucial System Scanner I ran, it says I can have 8gb ram, so I don't think I will need to upgrade my motherboard. I read on a few sites that most home owners only need 4gb, that 8gb is an over kill.

The best ram I can find with the best reviews is from Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400 4GB DDR2-800, locally at Micro Center http://www.microcenter.com/product/274412/XMS2_TWIN2X4096-6400_4GB_DDR2-800_PC-6

Thanks,

Steve

ANSWER: Here is what ASUS says about your motherboard: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M2N68AM/#specifications
It says only 4GB?
Here is what it says about AMD processors. You are right, yours is only a dual core. I did not scroll far enough down the page.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/athlon-ii-x2/Pages/AMD-athlon-

I would definitely verify that the motherboard will hold 8GB before I bought it.




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QUESTION: Hi, Keith.

Sorry, you gave me the specs on the wrong mother board.

So I looked up my mother board myself, it does say 8gb, not 4.

My original question said I have the Asus M2N68 - Am Plus mother board, not the Asus M2N68.

Here is a link to my info, http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M2N68AM_PLUS/#specifications.

I will stick with the 4gb ram that I read about.

Answer
I see. I left a couple of letters off of the search and got the wrong motherboard. The link to the RAM you sent was a good price. Go with it and see what happens. Keep in mind any BIOS settings you may have to change. Sometimes that can be an issue. You will know. Look in Control Panel>System and see how much RAM shows. If less than the amount you install shows up, look in the BIOS for settings concerning the RAM or how it is set up (dual or single channel). If that does not work, look for a BIOS upgrade on the ASUS site.
Good luck. Sorry for the goof up.

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