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Hey guys, I am a complete and utter noob at this stuff so I figured I would come here for help. The thing is I have the hp media center 1080n . I was gonna take a trip to bestbuy tonight to purchase more ram. But I have a few questions first.(a) I have 512 MB of ram right now...will adding more make that much of a difference?(B) How much ram will I need if my computer is running a little sluggish?(note: it's not sluggish from spyware/malware/viruses/trojans because I take care of my system's security.) © And the most important part...what ram will I need to buy for my model and how much of it do I need if I'm already at 512 MB? As always I appreciate anyone/everyone's help. Thanks, Nick

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Hey, thanks again for all the info guys. I don't believe the hp media 1080n supports dual channel memory. I found that out at crucial.com. Will I still be cool with a single 1GB stick? Also, I have a computer that has 54 MB and the max I can put in it are 2x256 MB sticks. This old PC I have crawls. Will it be worth upgrading it to 512MB? I'm assuming that with the Pentium 3 processor in it...that the extra ram will make it run like new. Let me know if you guys think that upgrading my old hp pavilion XL759 is worth it. Thanks

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The 915P chipset (which is what HP's website says is in your PC) does, indeed, support dual channel memory.

See this page for specs of your mother board:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00208497&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=426502&lang=en

And this page for the 915P chipset specs:

http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/915p/index.htm

I highly recommend adding 2 512MB sticks of DDR400 (PC3200) to your machine, for a total of 1.5GB. As for the older Pavilion; sure, more RAM always helps. Be aware that the older machine uses older SDRAM, not DDR.

For the newer PC, I would recommend this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

For the older machine, I would get 2 of this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820134144

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