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Tux_Phoenix 03-10-2005 02:57 PM

What is up with the price of RAM???
 
I am building a server out of some older parts. And I need to get some extra ram. So I started looking around... First Newegg and I saw that a stick of 512 SDRAM 133mhz was 50-60 bucks, so I looked into ebay. And it is the same. What on earth has happened? For about 70 I can get 512 DDR PC 2700 ram (or used to haven't looked). This is old SDRAM I am looking for. Why on earth is it so expensive? The ram is going to cost as much as the mobo and the 2 processors I am going to have!!! Anyone know where I can get some cheap SDRAM?

jaz 03-10-2005 02:59 PM

The older the RAM the more expensive. Usually always that way. Its not as abundant as it use to be. Try pricing some PC100 SDRAM and see if the cost doesnt raise your brows.

Micro420 03-10-2005 05:36 PM

Fortunately for me, my work has a bunch of old PC100/PC133 RAM. But, you're right in that they are just as expensive as DDR RAM!

Tux_Phoenix 03-10-2005 07:29 PM

Well I think I am going to Buy one stick of 512 and try to get some 128 from school. 896 is bad for a server running 2 P3s i quess.

Micro420 03-11-2005 02:13 PM

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Originally posted by Tux_Phoenix
Well I think I am going to Buy one stick of 512 and try to get some 128 from school. 896 is bad for a server running 2 P3s i quess.
My server only has 192 MB of RAM, 900 MHz! w00t!

Donboy 03-11-2005 02:40 PM

$50 or $60?? I was just looking at pricewatch.com earlier today for 133mhz SDRAM and it was coming in about $30-$40 for 64x4 sticks. Of course your mobo needs to support 64x4, which is pretty dense and I believe requires the via chipset boards. You must be looking for higher compatibility stuff?

DavidPhillips 03-15-2005 02:27 AM

Look for SIMS lately?

Last time I checked it would cost around $1000 to get my 486 up to 128.

Tux_Phoenix 03-15-2005 03:35 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by DavidPhillips
Look for SIMS lately?

Last time I checked it would cost around $1000 to get my 486 up to 128.

lol could you explain what you mean. I am completely lost. What is SIMS and why is it going down in numbers. Sorry newbie

scuzzman 03-15-2005 03:56 AM

SIMMS - Single Inline Memory ModuleS
Really Really old-school RAM.

Single In-line Memory Module; a small circuit board that can hold a group of memory chips; used to increase your computer's RAM in increments of 1,2, 4, or 16 MB.
www.oit.ohio-state.edu/glossary/gloss4.html

Crito 03-15-2005 05:11 AM

Used to have to plug in the DRAM chips individually, as well as your L2 SRAM chips, believe it or not. A chip puller came in every PC toolkit. It was like the stone ages man. :rolleyes:

scuzzman 03-15-2005 05:56 AM

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Originally posted by Crito
Used to have to plug in the DRAM chips individually, as well as your L2 SRAM chips, believe it or not. A chip puller came in every PC toolkit. It was like the stone ages man. :rolleyes:
Those were the days...
/me gets nostalgic...

DavidPhillips 03-15-2005 12:08 PM

Going down in numbers?

Not really, believe it or not the 486 number is the arch of the processor. 128 is the amount of ram I need for it to have. That was before pentium. The 386 was capable of runnning windows. You had to add a math coprocessor on those old systems, it was not built in.

Deeze 03-15-2005 04:12 PM

Looks over at my 386DX/40 with 8 megs of ram and a 120MB hd (yes, I upgraded from the original 20MB hd that I had first). I can remember when ram was $100 a meg (and I paid it too). My 120MB hd was $400, the 1MB Diamond video card (ooohhh, 1024x768 in 256 colors!!) was $200, Soundblaster was about $180, etc. I had Windows and OS/2 dual booting on that baby back in the day. I ran 3D Studio, AutoCAD and many games.


Do NOT let me hear any freaking whining about hardware prices.

Donboy 03-15-2005 06:31 PM

Yeah, I remember when the machines had specs like that, I was just getting out of high school.... I guess that was around 1990. My friend had just gotten himself a job doing AutoCAD for this company and he took out a loan of about $2000 for a machine with roughly those specs I envied him cause there was no way I could get my hands on that much money. I didn't get my own machine until about 5 years later. That was my first machine... I ended up getting it from a guy at my work, which was a 486 with 66mhz clock speed and a few hundred meg hard drive and I paid about $1000 bucks, which still took me forever to save up. I remember the video card was the really long kind... what was that called? PCI with VESA extension, or something like that? Anyway it was a silicon turd by today's standards but I shelled out the bucks anyway.

dcdbutler 03-16-2005 04:34 PM

According to this, memory should be getting quite cheap soon........

http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/a...ml?printable=1


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