Buying Crucial Brand Memory from Ebay Is it worth the risks?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Sandra28, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Sandra28

    Sandra28 Guest

    I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)

    and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    (512Ram installed currently)

    Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    have poor quality rating?

    The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.

    I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    Heres what Crucial UK
    will be charging me

    Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    Dell
    Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    £75.98

    Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    £37.99
    £75.98

    Subtotal £151.96

    Shipping Charge £5.00

    VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96

    Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)

    Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    happy?
    I keep getting
    windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    per second
    what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.

    I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?

    Regards

    Sandra
    Sandra28, Oct 21, 2006
    #1
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  2. Sandra28

    doS Guest

    how you gonna put a 200 pin dimm in a 184 dimm machine, or vice versa?

    "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)

    and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    (512Ram installed currently)

    Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    have poor quality rating?

    The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.

    I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    Heres what Crucial UK
    will be charging me

    Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    Dell
    Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    £75.98

    Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    £37.99
    £75.98

    Subtotal £151.96

    Shipping Charge £5.00

    VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96

    Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)

    Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    happy?
    I keep getting
    windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    per second
    what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.

    I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?

    Regards

    Sandra
    doS, Oct 21, 2006
    #2
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  3. Sandra28

    beenthere Guest

    "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)

    and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    (512Ram installed currently)

    Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    have poor quality rating?

    The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.

    I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    Heres what Crucial UK
    will be charging me

    Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    Dell
    Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    £75.98

    Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    £37.99
    £75.98

    Subtotal £151.96

    Shipping Charge £5.00

    VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96

    Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)

    Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    happy?
    I keep getting
    windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    per second
    what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.

    I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?

    >

    Find our if the Ebay stuff is `used` or `new`. And the `make`.
    You didn`t say what his prices were. Not enough info.
    HTH.
    beenthere, Oct 21, 2006
    #3
  4. Sandra28

    GHalleck Guest

    Sandra28 wrote:

    > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    >
    > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    > (512Ram installed currently)
    >
    > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    > have poor quality rating?
    >
    > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.
    >
    > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    > ****************************************************************************************************
    > Heres what Crucial UK
    > will be charging me
    >
    > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    > Dell
    > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    > £75.98
    >
    > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    > £37.99
    > £75.98
    >
    > Subtotal £151.96
    >
    > Shipping Charge £5.00
    >
    > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96
    >
    > Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)
    >
    > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    > happy?
    > I keep getting
    > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    > per second
    > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.
    >
    > I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    > this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Sandra
    >


    If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't do it.
    There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the buyer
    should always be aware.

    As for upgrading the computers, just how are they being used?
    With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be marginal.
    As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is considered by
    some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows XP.
    GHalleck, Oct 21, 2006
    #4
  5. Sandra28

    GHalleck Guest

    GHalleck wrote:

    >
    > Sandra28 wrote:
    >
    >> I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    >> extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    >>
    >> and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    >> (512Ram installed currently)
    >>


    <<snipped>>

    >
    > If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't do it.
    > There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the buyer
    > should always be aware.
    >
    > As for upgrading the computers, just how are they being used?
    > With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be marginal.
    > As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is considered by
    > some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows XP.



    Sorry...minor mis-read of the Dell. Just how fast it and hoq
    is it being used? For real serious work that includes graphics
    and number-crunching, think of 2 MB and eve 3 MB of RAM.
    GHalleck, Oct 21, 2006
    #5
  6. Sandra28

    Baron Guest

    Sandra28 wrote:

    > I keep getting
    > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    > per second
    > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc
    > performance.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Sandra



    I would find out why the machine is crashing first !!
    Baron, Oct 21, 2006
    #6
  7. Sandra28

    Sandra28 Guest

    beenthere wrote:
    > "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    >
    > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    > (512Ram installed currently)
    >
    > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    > have poor quality rating?
    >
    > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.
    >
    > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    > ****************************************************************************************************
    > Heres what Crucial UK
    > will be charging me
    >
    > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    > Dell
    > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    > £75.98
    >
    > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    > £37.99
    > £75.98
    >
    > Subtotal £151.96
    >
    > Shipping Charge £5.00
    >
    > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96
    >
    > Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)
    >
    > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    > happy?
    > I keep getting
    > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    > per second
    > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.
    >
    > I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    > this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?
    >
    > >

    > Find our if the Ebay stuff is `used` or `new`. And the `make`.
    > You didn`t say what his prices were. Not enough info.
    > HTH.


    *******
    The Memory is New but its shipped from Hong Kong I asked Crucial on the
    phone did they
    make any memory in China and they said No :)

    Sandra
    Sandra28, Oct 21, 2006
    #7
  8. Sandra28

    Sandra28 Guest

    GHalleck wrote:
    > Sandra28 wrote:
    >
    > > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    > > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    > >
    > > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    > > (512Ram installed currently)
    > >
    > > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    > > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    > > have poor quality rating?
    > >
    > > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.
    > >
    > > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    > > ****************************************************************************************************
    > > Heres what Crucial UK
    > > will be charging me
    > >
    > > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    > > Dell
    > > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    > > £75.98
    > >
    > > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    > > £37.99
    > > £75.98
    > >
    > > Subtotal £151.96
    > >
    > > Shipping Charge £5.00
    > >
    > > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96
    > >
    > > Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    > > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)
    > >
    > > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    > > happy?
    > > I keep getting
    > > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    > > per second
    > > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.
    > >
    > > I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    > > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    > > this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?
    > >
    > > Regards
    > >
    > > Sandra
    > >

    >
    > If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't do it.
    > There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the buyer
    > should always be aware.
    >
    > As for upgrading the computers, just how are they being used?
    > With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be marginal.
    > As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is considered by
    > some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows XP.


    **********
    PC use sometimes I stream video content of Youtube.com
    on my Dell 4550 Dimensional thats got 256 MB of Ram and 60 GB

    the laptop Packard Bell R8750 just browsing the net its got 512 Ram and
    60 GB harddrive too

    Sandra
    Sandra28, Oct 21, 2006
    #8
  9. Sandra28

    Sandra28 Guest

    Hi there

    the Dell is 3 years old and now out of warranty now

    GHalleck wrote:
    > GHalleck wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > Sandra28 wrote:
    > >
    > >> I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    > >> extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    > >>
    > >> and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    > >> (512Ram installed currently)
    > >>

    >
    > <<snipped>>
    >
    > >
    > > If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't do it.
    > > There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the buyer
    > > should always be aware.
    > >
    > > As for upgrading the computers, just how are they being used?
    > > With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be marginal.
    > > As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is considered by
    > > some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows XP.

    >
    >
    > Sorry...minor mis-read of the Dell. Just how fast it and hoq
    > is it being used? For real serious work that includes graphics
    > and number-crunching, think of 2 MB and eve 3 MB of RAM.
    Sandra28, Oct 21, 2006
    #9
  10. Sandra28

    Neil Green Guest

    "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    GHalleck wrote:
    > Sandra28 wrote:
    >
    > > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz
    > > purchased Jan 2003 with an
    > > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    > >
    > > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old
    > > by 1 GB RAM too
    > > (512Ram installed currently)
    > >
    > > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc
    > > by installing substand
    > > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or
    > > Fakes which I am told
    > > have poor quality rating?
    > >
    > > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a
    > > powerseller.
    > >
    > > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if
    > > I buy on ebay too.
    > > ****************************************************************************************************
    > > Heres what Crucial UK
    > > will be charging me
    > >
    > > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin
    > > DIMM Upgrade for a
    > > Dell
    > > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99
    > > Quantity 2
    > > £75.98
    > >
    > > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM
    > > Quantity 2
    > > £37.99
    > > £75.98
    > >
    > > Subtotal £151.96
    > >
    > > Shipping Charge £5.00
    > >
    > > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96
    > >
    > > Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling
    > > Currency)
    > > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are
    > > made.)
    > >
    > > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased
    > > memory on Ebay and been
    > > happy?
    > > I keep getting
    > > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast
    > > dsl broadband 2megs
    > > per second
    > > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to
    > > improve pc performance.
    > >
    > > I was told by Crucial USA that the average system
    > > ram to have in a
    > > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount
    > > was he just saying
    > > this to increase sales of the Memory he was
    > > selling:)?
    > >
    > > Regards
    > >
    > > Sandra
    > >

    >
    > If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't
    > do it.
    > There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the
    > buyer
    > should always be aware.
    >
    > As for upgrading the computers, just how are they
    > being used?
    > With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be
    > marginal.
    > As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is
    > considered by
    > some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows
    > XP.


    **********
    PC use sometimes I stream video content of Youtube.com
    on my Dell 4550 Dimensional thats got 256 MB of Ram
    and 60 GB

    the laptop Packard Bell R8750 just browsing the net
    its got 512 Ram and
    60 GB harddrive too

    Sandra

    For browsing and general use 512Mb is fine, and fine
    to run Win XP as well no matter who tells you
    otherwise.
    Don't waste your money.
    Put an extra 256Mb in the Dell 4550 and that will be
    fine as well, video streaming is more dependant on the
    speed of your internet connection than the PC, and the
    Dell 4550 is more than adequate.
    I would buy the RAM locally if I were you.
    Neil Green, Oct 22, 2006
    #10
  11. Sandra28

    Baron Guest

    Neil Green wrote:

    >
    > "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    > GHalleck wrote:
    >> Sandra28 wrote:
    >>
    >> > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz
    >> > purchased Jan 2003 with an
    >> > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    >> >
    >> > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old
    >> > by 1 GB RAM too
    >> > (512Ram installed currently)
    >> >
    >> > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc
    >> > by installing substand
    >> > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or
    >> > Fakes which I am told
    >> > have poor quality rating?
    >> >
    >> > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a
    >> > powerseller.
    >> >
    >> > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if
    >> > I buy on ebay too.
    >> >

    ****************************************************************************************************
    >> > Heres what Crucial UK
    >> > will be charging me
    >> >
    >> > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin
    >> > DIMM Upgrade for a
    >> > Dell
    >> > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99
    >> > Quantity 2
    >> > £75.98
    >> >
    >> > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM
    >> > Quantity 2
    >> > £37.99
    >> > £75.98
    >> >
    >> > Subtotal £151.96
    >> >
    >> > Shipping Charge £5.00
    >> >
    >> > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96
    >> >
    >> > Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling
    >> > Currency)
    >> > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are
    >> > made.)
    >> >
    >> > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased
    >> > memory on Ebay and been
    >> > happy?
    >> > I keep getting
    >> > windows crashing intermitently despite having fast
    >> > dsl broadband 2megs
    >> > per second
    >> > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to
    >> > improve pc performance.
    >> >
    >> > I was told by Crucial USA that the average system
    >> > ram to have in a
    >> > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount
    >> > was he just saying
    >> > this to increase sales of the Memory he was
    >> > selling:)?
    >> >
    >> > Regards
    >> >
    >> > Sandra
    >> >

    >>
    >> If one has any questions buying off eBay, then don't
    >> do it.
    >> There are no secure guarantees or warranties and the
    >> buyer
    >> should always be aware.
    >>
    >> As for upgrading the computers, just how are they
    >> being used?
    >> With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be
    >> marginal.
    >> As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is
    >> considered by
    >> some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows
    >> XP.

    >
    > **********
    > PC use sometimes I stream video content of Youtube.com
    > on my Dell 4550 Dimensional thats got 256 MB of Ram
    > and 60 GB
    >
    > the laptop Packard Bell R8750 just browsing the net
    > its got 512 Ram and
    > 60 GB harddrive too
    >
    > Sandra
    >
    > For browsing and general use 512Mb is fine, and fine
    > to run Win XP as well no matter who tells you
    > otherwise.
    > Don't waste your money.
    > Put an extra 256Mb in the Dell 4550 and that will be
    > fine as well, video streaming is more dependant on the
    > speed of your internet connection than the PC, and the
    > Dell 4550 is more than adequate.
    > I would buy the RAM locally if I were you.


    I agree completely ! But it doesn't solve the problem of why
    the machine is crashing ! Adding more ram won't make it any
    better, and could make the situation worse !
    Baron, Oct 22, 2006
    #11
  12. Sandra28

    Vanguard Guest

    "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with
    an
    extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)

    and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    (512Ram installed currently)

    Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing
    substand
    memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    have poor quality rating?

    The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.
    <snip>

    --- REPLY SEPARATOR ---
    (only required because poster used non-recommended quoted-printable
    format in Usenet by using Google Groups)

    The biggest problem you will have with buying memory and looking for
    the cheapest price at eBay is that you'll probably get suckered into
    buying the high-density modules which your motherboard cannot use.
    Few provide much for specs on what they sell at eBay; however, many
    selling the high-density modules will note it somewhere in their
    auction but often it's rather hidden and usually missed by buyers.
    They may provide only enough info for those that know what they are
    looking for to find it. For the low-density memory, the type most
    users need, I haven't found prices to be any better at eBay than at
    Newegg (for *unused* memory).

    Do you actually have any specs for the hosts that you want to upgrade
    to know if they use low- or high-density memory modules? What is the
    maximum clock rate? What is the lowest CAS supported by the BIOS?
    See if you can get the part number for whatever the eBay seller is
    selling to then go to the maker's web site to check the specs.
    Sometimes the sellers get it wrong and are advertising something they
    really don't have for sale but are selling something else.

    You had better know exactly what you need. The seller will claim that
    they sold in good faith and it is not their problem that you don't
    have a clue as to what parts you need. It's not their job or duty to
    train or educate you through a series of refunds, returns, or
    exhanges. If there is information missing from their auction, you are
    expected to send a message to the seller to get more info. Often I
    send a message just to see if the seller is responsive to e-mail: if
    not, you don't want to business with them because you'll never be able
    to contact them later regarding problems. Also check if the seller is
    trying to coerce positive feedback. Many will threaten to leave
    negative feedback if they get negative feedback which is unfair. If
    one party does it all right and the other fucks up, only the deserving
    party should get negative feedback. If the seller tries to coerce
    positive feedback, report them to eBay and find another seller.
    Vanguard, Oct 22, 2006
    #12
  13. Sandra28

    Neil Green Guest

    "Baron" <> wrote in message
    news:453aafac@212.67.96.135...
    > Neil Green wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>
    >> GHalleck wrote:
    >>> Sandra28 wrote:
    >>>
    >>> > I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz
    >>> > purchased Jan 2003 with an
    >>> > extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)
    >>> >
    >>> > and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old
    >>> > by 1 GB RAM too
    >>> > (512Ram installed currently)
    >>> >
    >>> > Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc
    >>> > by installing substand
    >>> > memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or
    >>> > Fakes which I am told
    >>> > have poor quality rating?
    >>> >
    >>> > The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a
    >>> > powerseller.
    >>> >
    >>> > I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee
    >>> > if
    >>> > I buy on ebay too.
    >>> >

    > ****************************************************************************************************
    >>> > Heres what Crucial UK
    >>> > will be charging me
    >>> >
    >>> > Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin
    >>> > DIMM Upgrade for a
    >>> > Dell
    >>> > Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System 37.99
    >>> > Quantity 2
    >>> > 75.98
    >>> >
    >>> > Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin
    >>> > SODIMM
    >>> > Quantity 2
    >>> > 37.99
    >>> > 75.98
    >>> >
    >>> > Subtotal 151.96
    >>> >
    >>> > Shipping Charge 5.00
    >>> >
    >>> > VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: 32.96
    >>> >
    >>> > Estimated Total 189.92 (UK Sterling
    >>> > Currency)
    >>> > (Click to recalculate basket if changes are
    >>> > made.)
    >>> >
    >>> > Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased
    >>> > memory on Ebay and been
    >>> > happy?
    >>> > I keep getting
    >>> > windows crashing intermitently despite having
    >>> > fast
    >>> > dsl broadband 2megs
    >>> > per second
    >>> > what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to
    >>> > improve pc performance.
    >>> >
    >>> > I was told by Crucial USA that the average
    >>> > system
    >>> > ram to have in a
    >>> > computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive
    >>> > amount
    >>> > was he just saying
    >>> > this to increase sales of the Memory he was
    >>> > selling:)?
    >>> >
    >>> > Regards
    >>> >
    >>> > Sandra
    >>> >
    >>>
    >>> If one has any questions buying off eBay, then
    >>> don't
    >>> do it.
    >>> There are no secure guarantees or warranties and
    >>> the
    >>> buyer
    >>> should always be aware.
    >>>
    >>> As for upgrading the computers, just how are they
    >>> being used?
    >>> With a 533-MHz CPU in the Dell, the gains might be
    >>> marginal.
    >>> As for the Packard Bell, using 1 MB of RAM is
    >>> considered by
    >>> some to be the "operational" minimum with Windows
    >>> XP.

    >>
    >> **********
    >> PC use sometimes I stream video content of
    >> Youtube.com
    >> on my Dell 4550 Dimensional thats got 256 MB of Ram
    >> and 60 GB
    >>
    >> the laptop Packard Bell R8750 just browsing the net
    >> its got 512 Ram and
    >> 60 GB harddrive too
    >>
    >> Sandra
    >>
    >> For browsing and general use 512Mb is fine, and
    >> fine
    >> to run Win XP as well no matter who tells you
    >> otherwise.
    >> Don't waste your money.
    >> Put an extra 256Mb in the Dell 4550 and that will
    >> be
    >> fine as well, video streaming is more dependant on
    >> the
    >> speed of your internet connection than the PC, and
    >> the
    >> Dell 4550 is more than adequate.
    >> I would buy the RAM locally if I were you.

    >
    > I agree completely ! But it doesn't solve the
    > problem of why
    > the machine is crashing ! Adding more ram won't
    > make it any
    > better, and could make the situation worse !


    Possible but unlikely.
    Simple enough to check the event log for some pointer
    to the crashes, but this type of diagnosis may be
    difficult for Sandra.
    She would be well advised to get a more tech savvy
    friend/acquaintance/workmate or whatever to have a
    look at the machine as sporadic crashes can have a
    number of causes.
    Neil Green, Oct 22, 2006
    #13
  14. Sandra28

    Ron Guest

    Sandra download a free program called CPUZ. It will tell you the specs on
    you're memory and then you can buy any brand with the same specs.
    The crashes should be checked out before you upgrade though.
    "Sandra28" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    I need to upgrade my Dell Pc 4550 Fsb 533mhz purchased Jan 2003 with an
    extra 1 GB RAM (256Ram installed currently)

    and my Packard Bell Laptop R 8750 12 months old by 1 GB RAM too
    (512Ram installed currently)

    Is buying from Ebay worth it could I wreck my Pc by installing substand
    memory thats assuming I am sold Counterfeits or Fakes which I am told
    have poor quality rating?

    The seller on ebay has 100% feedback and is a powerseller.

    I realise I will not have a 12 month gaurantee if I buy on ebay too.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    Heres what Crucial UK
    will be charging me

    Remove Part No. CT563555 512MB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a
    Dell
    Dimension 4550 (533MHz FSB) System £37.99 Quantity 2
    £75.98

    Remove Part No. CT6464X335 512MB, 200-pin SODIMM Quantity 2
    £37.99
    £75.98

    Subtotal £151.96

    Shipping Charge £5.00

    VAT calculated at 21% for Ireland: £32.96

    Estimated Total £189.92 (UK Sterling Currency)
    (Click to recalculate basket if changes are made.)

    Any suggestions? has anyone on here purchased memory on Ebay and been
    happy?
    I keep getting
    windows crashing intermitently despite having fast dsl broadband 2megs
    per second
    what can I do besides upgrading extra memory to improve pc performance.

    I was told by Crucial USA that the average system ram to have in a
    computer is 2 GB this seems like a massive amount was he just saying
    this to increase sales of the Memory he was selling:)?

    Regards

    Sandra
    Ron, Oct 22, 2006
    #14
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