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    Memory cost at Dell

    While most memory sticks are on sale for very small prices, Dell (for my 8200 Dimension, for example) is selling 128mb for $77 with two needed for the RDRAM 256mb upgrade. Internet searching finds some reduction but not much. Thoughts? <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23> Suggestions?
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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    RDRAM is expensive and not as widely produced as SDRAM. Not sure it's worth it, but not sure if 8200 gives you a choice.

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    Bill,
    A look around, seems to support your prices. Even Crucial ( my favorite source of RAM) says that your Model Dell has proprietary or non-standard RAM. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    (I'll answer here) A quick search of eBay completed items shows 3 pairs of NEC 128mb rdram (which another quick search is I believe what you need) sold for $61, 44, and 69, plus about $7 shipping (and like others have said, rdram is kind of new and rare, and not as deeply discounted as sdram). I am not saying that buying from eBay is not without risk, but I've bought almost all the ram I have used in the past few years (maybe a dozen sticks) at significant (25 - 50%) savings , some new from dealers. I've returned ram bought from a private party, no questions asked, and have sold some back on eBay and dang near paid for the new stuff I couldn't live without. My ram purchases have been 100 percent satisfactory. I'm not pushing you into it, but hey if you're looking for a good deal, there are some to be had....

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    Thank you, Kip, If my comment seemed to question your judgment, it wasn't intended that way. In fact, I was questioning my own.

    It isn't so much a distrust of eBay as a concern about functionality. That is, not if the stick is good but does it fit in the Dell. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    Yeah not quite sure about your "proprietary" mem, or really of rdram in general. There was one mention in my eBay search of the NEC memory coming out of a Dell 8200 (is that what it is?, anyway, yours) so that's where I got the "NEC" from. I would suggest that you nail down the specs for your memory and get a basic understanding of what will work and what won't no matter where you purchase it. That way if you come across a good deal you'll know. I know that Dell can be a bit cryptic about their products (they would MUCH prefer that you bought all your upgrade stuff from them), but remember once you do get it figured out, Knowledge is Power!!!

    about the tone of your previous post, no problem I just try and help (and, by doing so, learn an immense amount at the same time)

    good luck. More memory is Always Good!

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    Rambus seems to be the manufacturer for Dell. Here is a link to 256mb RDRAM for less than $100: RDRAM for Dell

    That's an outfit called OEMPCWORLD offering memory for around 40% less than wholesale. Hmmm. Thank you one and all for your help!

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    Re: Memory cost at Dell

    Bill,
    I purchase RAM form several places. Try memman, buymemory, directron, and kahlon. (all are www.___.com)
    Any of these will give you a good idea and all sites allow you to enter your PC model information.

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