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  1. Jonathan Jaekle

    If I have a Dell xps 17 with only two ram slots, will I be able to install one of the newer 8gb sodimms once the price comes down? Or does the computer specifically have to support the larger memory sticks? Thanks

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    1. Usually, the computer has to support the RAM. In some instances, you can squeeze more memory into a notebook than specified, but I can’t recommend it as this may void your warranty. I’d stick with max that Dell recommends.

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  2. Jonathan Jaekle

    Thank you. I actually just bought the laptop, thinking that it came with 4 slots but it only has 2. Should I be concerned that 8g will not be enough, say, 4 years from now? I’m hoping it will be a good performer for 4 years. I am a teacher but I multitask with several browsers open, Word, Powerpoint and sometimes Photoshop. I already invested in a 120g SSD and I’m hoping that will make the 8gig limitation less of a problem. Thanks.

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    1. 4 years from now is a long time, especially when it comes to computers, memory or hard drives. I wouldn’t worry too much about having only 8GB of RAM too much and just enjoy the Dell today. There will always be bigger, better and faster down the line, but 8GB is more than enough for what you want to do.

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  3. Jonathan Jaekle

    Thanks again. Not to beat a dead horse, but I ask because I still have the option to send it back and pay $150 to get a better video card and 2 more ram slots. I don’t game so the current video card is fine, and I’m somewhat concerned that a faster one would increase power consumption and heat generation. I’m just looking for someone to reassure me that 8g should be enough for the next few years, otherwise I could upgrade if it was worth it. Thanks.

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    1. If you don’t game, or need the advanced graphics I would just fill what you have with 8GB of RAM and forget about it. Take the $150 you’d save on the upgrade and add the savings of the additional RAM and you’ve got a couple hundred dollars towards buying your next Dell in a few years. If you’re not really pushing the performance of your Dell notebook with your current computing needs, I would say that the trouble in returning a computer and ordering an installing more memory wouldn’t be worth the effort, and long term you’re better applying that savings towards your next notebook computer purchase in 2015 or so.

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