DDR2 Upgrade for the Dell Dimension 8400 Series Desktop/PC

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device type: desktop

Your Dimension 8400 Series System Specs

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

Memory:

DDR2 PC2-5300

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

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

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.

Graphics Card:

PCI Express x16 Graphics

External Connector: 15-hole connector

Graphics Card A circuit board fitted to a computer containing the necessary video memory and other electronics to provide a bitmap display. Adaptors vary in the resolution (number of pixels) and number of colours they can display, and in the refresh rate they support. These parameters are also limited by the monitor to which the adaptor is connected.

1GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module

1GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module
Part Number: CT907824
  • Module Size: 1GB
  • Package: 240-pin DIMM
  • Feature: DDR2 PC2-5300
  • Specs: DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64 •
    What does this mean?
Guaranteed-compatible with the Dell Dimension 8400 Series
 $19.99
Qty:

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Crucial1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System
 
4.8

(based on 270 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (223)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (184)
  • Easy to install (176)
  • Fast (124)
  • Increases speed (111)
  • Large capacity (34)

Cons

  • No instructions included (5)
  • Difficult to install (4)
  • No increase in speed (3)
  • Unreliable performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Increased performance (205)
  • Multiple desktop applications (134)
  • Multimedia (61)
  • Gaming (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (166), Power user (98)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (227), Business (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

2GB Memory Update gave Old Dell New Life

The memory cost about 1/2 what the OEM wanted, and worked with their old .5GB DIMM as well (I mixed 2 1GB new DIMMs with an old .5GB DIMM). My only complaint ...Read complete review

The memory cost about 1/2 what the OEM wanted, and worked with their old .5GB DIMM as well (I mixed 2 1GB new DIMMs with an old .5GB DIMM). My only complaint was trying to figure out where to place all DIMMs to get the full 2.5GB available to the system (through trial and error I discovered the correct slots to install all the memory in). Gave my Old System New Life, and have been running happily for over 2 months (also helped my memory hungry anti-virus SW to perform much better).
Would recommend 2GB mimimum upgrade (had 1GB before one .5GB DIMM died suddenly overnight, probably due to a power flux).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

RAM not fully compatible.

I ordered 4 1GB RAM modules for my Dell desktop based on your company's recommendations. When I installed all 4 the machine froze. After two tech calls and various attempts to work around, I...Read complete review

I ordered 4 1GB RAM modules for my Dell desktop based on your company's recommendations. When I installed all 4 the machine froze. After two tech calls and various attempts to work around, I ended up reinstalling the 2 old 512's plus two of the new 1GB cards to arrive at 3GB over all. The last tech suggested that I needed low density cards but at this point I didn't feel like sending the 4 I had back and waiting again. I requested to return the 2 I didn't need by using on-line protocol but have not heard back from the company yet (2 weeks). Guess I'll try again.

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5.0

Excellent memory upgrade

By Curt

from Conowingo, MD

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Decent price
  • Easy To Install
  • Increases Speed
  • Reliable Performance

Cons

  • No cons at all

Best Uses

  • Increased Performance
  • Multimedia
  • Multiple desktop applications

Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

My old Dell Dimension 8400 only had 1 GB of memory from the start and now with 4 GB my old computer seems almost new! Very easy to install and worked flawlessly.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Vast Performance Improvement

By Kayaker

from Stow, MA

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cured Sluggish Performanc
  • Increases Speed
  • Large Capacity

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

      My system had become so sluggish that I thought a complete HD formatting and reinstallation of the OS was needed. On a whim I decided to upgrade RAM from 1GB to 3GB first. What a difference! I may reinstall the OS anyway just on general principle but there's no longer any urgency. It runs fine.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Product worked as advertised. Great sup

      By kerry

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Install
      • Increases Speed
      • Large Capacity
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Increased Performance
        • Multiple desktop applications

        Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

        Product works great.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        RAM Memory Upgrade

        By HackRichards

        from Prestonsburg, KY

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Increases Speed
        • Large Capacity
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Increased Performance
          • Multimedia
          • Multiple desktop applications

          Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

          Am I happy with Crucial? Well...Does a cat love cream? Does a Bear excrete feces in the woods? Will not be the last time I do business with this company! I already have recommended this company.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Great Experience

          By Good Bad and Ugly

          from Laguna Niguel, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Competitive pricing
          • Easy To Install
          • Easy to order
          • Easy to use
          • Fast Delivery
          • Good Value
          • Increases Speed

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Increased Performance

            Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

            Great buying experience!! Crucial website answered all my questions and removed any doubt that I would be able to easily upgrade my RAM. Crucial offers a utility that shows the exact mother board memory slot layout for my specific computer and what RAM was already on board so I knew exactly what to order. Also the installation video was "Layman Friendly - Non Techy" Very nice Crucial!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Quick shipment and works great

            By L

            from Delaware

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Increases Speed
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Increased Performance

              Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

              Upgraded old Dell Dimension 8400 for use as second family computer. Slow performance and lock ups almost made the machine unusable. Following website pre-installation guidance and installation of new memory made a dramatic difference in machine performance. Very happy with cruicial memory selection tool, cost, quality, website guidance and speed of delivery.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Memory Review

              By N/A

              from Hoboken, NJ

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Increases Speed
              • Large Capacity
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Increased Performance

                Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

                All the memory I recently purchased is working well.
                The program to download and scan the exact memory you need is very important, makes the process foolproof.
                Thanks,
                Joe

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Easy Dell RAM upgrade!

                By Annie

                from Rockford, IL

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Be BraveDo it
                • Easy find what I need
                • Easy To Install
                • Increases Speed
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Increased Performance
                  • Multimedia
                  • Multiple desktop applications

                  Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

                  If I can install, you can. Be brave and push hard enough to make sure clicks in!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  4.0

                  HAPPY

                  By DARTH

                  from SEATTLE, WA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Increases Speed

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Increased Performance
                    • Multiple desktop applications

                    Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

                    HELPED A LOT

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                     
                    5.0

                    Easy to Install

                    By DJJ51

                    from Richmond, VA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Works perfectly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Increased Performance

                      Comments about Crucial 1GB Upgrade for a Dell Dimension 8400 Series System:

                      So easy to install a grandmother can do it. I added 3GB of memory to the existing 1GB in my Dell Dimension 8400 and it's work fine. I've seen an nice improvement in performance for a very reasonable cost.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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