Memory Upgrades - watch what you pay!

For many users, possibly the majority, increasing system RAM of your computer is the single most effective upgrade available, yielding more performance "Bangs per Buck" than other upgrade options. It is also one of the simplest upgrades you can carry out, with no need for drivers to be installed.

On 24th November 2007 we featured the excellent value HP ML110 G4 server, which at the time was selling for a little over £100. This server is built to HPs usual high standards, and features a solid Intel dual core Xeon processor. However its weakness is that it comes with only 512MB RAM as standard. With Servers (and most other computers) will benefit from significantly more RAM than this. This particular server can be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB.

Be careful not to pay too much for your memory upgrades, Computer manufacturers such as HP, Dell, etc often cut the cost of the basic computer to the bone, but the cost of their memory upgrades are often much less competitive.

Here is a case in point.
Using HP branded memory to upgrade the HP ML110 G4 server to its maximum of 8GB, we find that

4 x 2GB DDR2-667 unbuffered ECC DIMMs will set you back a colossal £519.96 + VAT. Almost four times as much as the cost of the server itself!

However using Crucials Online Memory Advisor tool we find that buying the exactly the same amount of memory from will cost a much more reasonable £139.98 + VAT!

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