DDR2 Upgrade for the Dell OptiPlex GX520 Desktop/PC

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device type: desktop

Your OptiPlex GX520 System Specs

System specs as shipped by the manufacturer.
Scan your system to view your specific system configuration.

Memory:

DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400

Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 4GB
Slots: 2

Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.

How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found here.

Memory or DRAM is the "working" memory of the computer. It's used to store data for programs (sequences of instructions) on a temporary basis.

video - installing memory

Storage:

SATA 2 - 3Gb/s

SATA Version -- SATA 2 - 3Gb/s

Storage Drives -- hard drives and solid state drives -- are the permanent memory for the programs and documents on your computer.

Data Transfer Rate is the rate at which data can be sent or received. This is determined by your motherboard. A drive with a higher transfer rate will only run at the rate of the motherboard's transfer rate.

Cache is a type of working memory that allows the drive to perform faster.

RPM is the rotations per minute of a hard drive which effects the speed of data transfer.

Solid State Drives are non-moving memory, so access speed is instant.

Chipset:

Intel 945G chipset

Chipset is a set of integrated circuits that have a specific purpose in a computer system, a group of microchips used together to perform a single task.

2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module

2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module
Part Number: CT518433
  • Module Size: 2GB
  • Package: 240-pin DIMM
  • Feature: DDR2 PC2-5300
  • Specs: DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 256Meg x 64 •
    What does this mean?
Guaranteed-compatible with the Dell OptiPlex GX520
 $35.99
Qty:

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Crucial2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System
 
4.8

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (30)
  • Easy to install (27)
  • Fast (23)
  • Increases speed (21)
  • Large capacity (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Increased performance (34)
    • Multiple desktop applications (24)
    • Multimedia (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (32), Casual user (21)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (27), Personal (25)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Customer support was skilled & fast

    My Dell system was achingly slow. I'm ignorant about the insides of my computer, so I was hesitant to try a memory upgrade on my own. But it looked so simple on YouTube. ...Read complete review

    My Dell system was achingly slow. I'm ignorant about the insides of my computer, so I was hesitant to try a memory upgrade on my own. But it looked so simple on YouTube. I ordered the two modules, popped them in, and . . . my monitor would not longer work. Oh, panic. Fortunately I thought of calling Crucial's tech support. I think the woman I spoke with was named "KeeKee" (phonetic). She listened to my explanation, then asked, "When you installed the modules, did the arms at each end that hold it in place close on their own or did you have to close them?" "I had to close them," I responded. KeeKee explained that this indicated that the module was not seated properly, and that I could safely apply up to 30 psi of pressure to correctly seat them. And here I had been treating them as delicate precision parts. I opened my computer, disengaged the little "arm" at each end of each module, and pushed HARD. Eventually, the arms closed by themselves. The monitor came to life, and I had SPEED. Programs (Amicus, HotDocs Pro, Mozilla Firefox) load much faster. It has increased my productively noticeably, and decreased my frustration. If I can do this, anyone can. The only tool I used was an anti-static wrist strap that I bought from Crucial when I purchased the two memory modules. Other than that, I didn't need so much as a screwdriver. I encourage others dealing with slow programs to upgrade. Remember, if you run into a problem, Crucial has tech support.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Price doesn't reflect Materials

    I have no idea why this costs more than a 512 MB one, they are identical in 99% of the physical aspects. Obviously they do 2GBs, not 512MBs.. The price should not be...Read complete review

    I have no idea why this costs more than a 512 MB one, they are identical in 99% of the physical aspects. Obviously they do 2GBs, not 512MBs.. The price should not be that much higher, b/c there is still not much difference between the two other than informational capacity. .

    Reviewed by 53 customers

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    5.0

    memory upgrade

    By bobmick

    from lewes, delaware

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Increases Speed
    • Large Capacity
    • Reliable Performance
    • Very easy to install

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Gaming
    • Increased Performance
    • In Muitipe Applications
    • Multimedia
    • Multiple desktop applications

    Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

    what can you say about increasing your memory.it does run faster and don't keep locking up.wish i could do the same for my brain

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Crisitie

    from Little rock, Ar

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Increases Speed
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Increased Performance

    Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

    My teacher told the class about crucial and I am glad because I love it. I buy from them over and over again..

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Great price [...]

    By flabiker

    from Pendleton, SC

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Increases Speed

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Increased Performance

      Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

      Worked great [...] best price around town

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      This is exactly what my machine needed.

      By sacloner

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Increases Speed
      • Large Capacity

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Increased Performance

        Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

        I needed speed and perfomance and that is exactly what i got. Thank you Crucial.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Well worth it.

        By Satisfied customer

        from Akron, OH

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Increases Speed
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Increased Performance
          • Multiple desktop applications

          Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

          Installed to my optiplex GX520 at work. For the money it's almost a no-brainer; applications load & close much more crisply, overall speed is up. So for [$] to my door, I extended the life of this unit another year, maybe 2 years? Great investment.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
           
          5.0

          Works well, easy to install

          By Never Fast Enough

          from Green Bay, WI

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Increased Performance

            Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

            Easy to order, easy to install, works as expected.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Great way to buy memory

            By brat700

            from Macomb IL

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

            • No Instructions Included

            Best Uses

            • Increased Performance

            Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

            I like the way everything work and I did not have to look up the menory.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            great products

            By MAGDA

            from PENSYLVANIA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

                  it was a great update.
                  I TRIED OTHERS BRANDS
                  AND THIS ONE IS GOOD AND HALF THE PRICED

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  Very Pleased

                  By The IT Man

                  from Morehead Ky

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast

                  Cons

                  • None at this time

                  Best Uses

                  • Increased Performance

                  Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

                  It's memory,

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Price doesn't reflect Materials

                  By edapt

                  from O Fallon, MO

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Large Capacity

                  Cons

                  • Expensive for No Reason

                  Best Uses

                  • Increased Performance
                  • Multimedia
                  • Multiple desktop applications

                  Comments about Crucial 2GB Upgrade for a Dell OptiPlex GX520 System:

                  I have no idea why this costs more than a 512 MB one, they are identical in 99% of the physical aspects. Obviously they do 2GBs, not 512MBs.. The price should not be that much higher, b/c there is still not much difference between the two other than informational capacity. .

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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