[NCLUG] source for cheap elderly memory?

F.L. Whiteley techzone at greeleynet.com
Tue Jun 8 22:41:59 MDT 2010

There are a lot of PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200 PC's out there getting max'd
out to 1GB or 2GB from 512MB.  I do several for clients each month.  Puts a
lot of life back into these boxen.  I guess I'd suggest 2 x 1GB for the
models you suggest rather than 2 x 512MB.  I found two 1GB PC3200 Kingston
sticks at Sam's Club today for $32/each.  Last two on the shelf in Loveland,
so no idea if they'll restock.  I get them locally at a shop for a good
discount. Not much in the used GB stick pool due to the demand.

Some MB's require the PC2700, but not the one's you've mentioned.
StarMicro.net is $36 each for PC3200.  Check at memorygiant.com for
compatibility range.  Some T5048's have PC2-3200's.  Newegg.com gets close.
Okay with free shipping if you can get it.  

Frank Whiteley

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:nclug-bounces at lists.nclug.org] On Behalf Of S. Luke Jones
> Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 18:25
> To: Northern Colorado Linux Users Group
> Cc: S. Luke Jones
> Subject: [NCLUG] source for cheap elderly memory?
> We have recently retired two XP machines and I'd like to 
> repurpose them using Linux.
> They both have 512 MB of RAM and I'd like to double that for 
> each of them. One is a Dell Dimension 3000 and uses 
> PC2700/3200 DDR SDRAM DIMM. The other is an eMachine T5048, 
> using PC3200 DDR SDRAM DIMM.
> The problem is that the cost of new memory is prohibitive. 
> (The places I've checked run about $25-30 each for 2 512MB 
> modules, and $60-plus-shipping is too much to upgrade a six 
> year old machine, when you can usually get a brand new 
> machine from the Dell Outlet for a little more than $300.)
> So. Can anyone recommend a source to get old, used RAM on the cheap?
> S. Luke Jones
> slukejones at gmail.com
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