How to tell what ram is compatible with my laptop?

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    I currently have 4gb and am looking to upgrade to 8gb, I have 2 slots and 1 used by the current 4gb

    How can I tell what ram is compatible with my laptop?

    Acer aspire v3-551G-8454
     
  2. Clarky

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    Look up crucial memory, they have a page that will check your ram type, mobo etc and tell you what you can use
     
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    Before that, why are you looking to upgrade, exactly?
     
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    I've been using this laptop for a while and it's alright but I know getting more ram will help out just that much more when multitasking programs, etc.
     
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    Could you be specific? RAM isn't always the limiting factor. Could be CPU performance, IO (this is a big one in laptops with 5400 RPM drives like that model), the GPU, etc.
     
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    Just pull out the RAM stick, take an HD pic of it (so you can read the text on the sticker) and look it up on Google. Then buy the same type on Newegg or something.
     
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    Well nothing really specific, I guess maybe its a little slow opening Firefox and other programs when I have other applications open
    I dont think I'll be able to upgrade much on my laptop besides ram so I thought this would be the best bet to upgrading even if its just a little performance boost
     
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    An SSD will also give you a huge performance boost. Typical laptop harddrives are only 5400RPMs, which is very slow.
     
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    I would prefer not to spend so much tho, ssds are really expensive
     
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    Higher RAM clock rate won't really affect loading times.

    Also make sure to try Crucial's scanner if you don't know how many slots you have and which are occupied by what, so you can buy the best setup.
     
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    Well - 1600MHZ is faster, but if you are adding more memory to it, you need to match the speed of the existing memory so you would need to open it and look at the other module. If you are going to replace one or both modules with new memory, get the 1600MHZ if you can afford it (it will cost a little more) and it should speed you up somewhat. An inexpensive SSD will also make a world of difference (I see them in the Fry's Electronics and Newegg adverts for <$100 sometimes). Check slickdeals.net for stuff like that.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks, is there a way check without opening up my laptop?
     
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    You don't have to "open" the laptop, there appears to be one large door on the bottom that you open to see the RAM & HD. Look on page 1-10 of the manual here:

    http://www.manualowl.com/m/Acer Computers/Aspire-V3-551G/Manual/292064

    Other than that there is probably software that can tell you, but it's really easier to just find a small screwdriver and open that hatch. :-)

    The label on the DIMM(S) inside should say their speed on them.

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    Awesome I'll do that tomorrow thanks
     
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    RAM upgrade won't do you much here.

    In terms of I/O hard drives (especially 5,400 RPM laptop) are the slowest, so naturally CPU and the RAM have to wait for HDDs. Moving HDDs to SSD gives you the best performance. You are much better off saving up money for a SSD than shopping for a RAM kit right now.