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Foreveryours 9,234 2,201 January 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM
I want to add additional memory to my kid's desktop. It's Dell OptiPlex 380 with 4GB of RAM, non-ECC, 1333MHz DDR3. I see additional 4GB for around $20, or would I be better going with matched 2x4GB 1600MHz for $30?

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Go with the matching ram. You can get matching 4GB for $20 - LINK [crucial.com]

Also, is it one stick of 4GB in your system or 2x2GB sticks?
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1 4gb.
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Your running a 64bit OS right?

I had some 380's at work and the ones we had were all 32bit. You can run them in 64bit too but worth double checking.
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Yeah, W10 Pro 64-bit
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Don't need 8 unless he's gaming or heavily multitasking video or photo projects. And if you have the default Optiplex 380 processor and graphics card you won't be doing much of either anyway.
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Don't need 8 unless he's gaming or heavily multitasking video or photo projects. And if you have the default Optiplex 380 processor and graphics card you won't be doing much of either anyway.
I've been updating it over the last few yers; graphics card and an SSD. I picked up a 4GB RAM from Walmart for $10 after a leftover GC balance from somewhere I've been trying to find some use for.
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Don't need 8 unless he's gaming or heavily multitasking video or photo projects. And if you have the default Optiplex 380 processor and graphics card you won't be doing much of either anyway.
If you have a lot of tabs open you can pretty easily consume 4gb of ram. 4gb is kind of a minimum these days if your going to have a decent amount open.
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I've been updating it over the last few yers; graphics card and an SSD. I picked up a 4GB RAM from Walmart for $10 after a leftover GC balance from somewhere I've been trying to find some use for.
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Shipment came and when I installed it, it doesn't boot. Error according to diagnostic lights on the front (1&3 on):
  • Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error has occured
This [amazon.com] is the memory I ordered and it is physically smaller in height compared to the one in my computer. I tried placing it in slot 1 & 2, with the old, and without; still get the same error.
This is the memory in the system, 317-5561 : 4GB,Non-ECC,1333MHz DDR3,1X4GB ,Dell OptiPlex 380 and 780


Are they not compatible? Is it dead?
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I guess I learned something new. High density RAM and my Intel mobo don't like to play together. I always thought DDR3 RAM is are all the same
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