Need Memory? Go to Crucial
My Mum’s laptop has been slowing down on her recently and she’s clearly getting fed up with it. Admittedly it was the bottom of the range and bought 2.5 years ago. It’s running XP Home with 256MB RAM so I’m not surprised. Anyway, I finally went and checked on the Crucial website to see how much it would cost to perhaps buy a 1GB RAM stick for her. The laptop can run 2GB max but I figured, get 1GB for now and another later on. I put in the details of her laptop and it came back with the exact type of RAM I needed and 2GB for £28. It’s a no brainer really, £28 for 2GB of RAM? It was only 18 months ago I paid about £65 for 1GB for my old laptop (which then died the following week much to my annoyance! It wasn’t the RAM by the way ;)). So I put the 2GB into my basket. Whilst I was there I checked on the new desktop we purchased last month to run as our server. I got a very good deal on a Dell Optiplex at just over £300. It’s currently got 2GB of RAM in it but can take another 2GB. After a quick look I found 2*1GB sticks for £28 for that computer. Another bargain! So another add to basket.
Crucial is a fantastic site. The main site is for the US but in the top right you can switch to the UK site. They do free shipping for 3-5 days after purchase, which is fine by me (although I ordered this yesterday and it arrived in the post today!). And if you’re not 100% certain on your equipment you can go to the site using your laptop/desktop and just use the system scanner. It will tell you what you already have and what RAM is suitable for you. It also does graphic cards and sells a few other peripherals but RAM is what it started with and its main focus. It’s a fantastic site, so easy to use and you won’t leave there with the wrong kind of memory for your machine.
My only other experience of buying RAM wasn’t so great. I had an old Packard Bell that had about 64MB of RAM so I called up Maplins, a local electronics shop (they’re a chain shop, not a one man band). I told them exactly what I had and was sold 256MB RAM for the laptop. I went over to pick it up, got home, pulled the cover off the laptop and took a stick out the box. Hmm the stick was twice the size of the slot! They’d given me desktop RAM not laptop RAM. So another half hour round trip, and this time I took my laptop with me so that they could fit it in the shop. I wasn’t impressed!
Anyway, if you’ve got a spare slot or not running to your full capacity (or you don’t know what the full capacity of your machine is) then go over to Crucial, run the system scanner and see what it comes back with. The memory is so cheap now it’s worth maxing out your machine.
* No I don’t work for Crucial, there’s no even affiliate links in this post. I was just very impressed with the prices we got yesterday, and the speed and efficiency of them.