How to find out what kind of RAM your computer (notebook / laptop or desktop) uses

First published on August 21, 2006

Often, increasing the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer is the best way to increase its speed (well, along with blocking some programs from starting every time the operating system loads… those sneaky, awful programs!). However, I’ve found it quite confusing with all these new types of RAM as to which type is the one I need. PC2700, SODIMM, DDR2, 200 Pin… what in the world does that stuff mean? I’m not geek enough yet to even want to figure that out, but I know that it’s a bloody hassle to end up buying RAM that’s incompatible with your computer!

If you’ve bought a pre-packaged computer (i.e. if you didn’t build it yourself) here’s a very handy site that can tell you what type of memory your computer has. It has practically every model known to man! I’d been looking for something like this since… forever! Once you’ve found the type of memory you need, you can probably head over to eBay and find something cheap.

If you have a Windows computer, you could also try using the program System Information for Windows, as discussed in this post.


15 Responses to “How to find out what kind of RAM your computer (notebook / laptop or desktop) uses”

  1. ash says:

    You are a jolly good man. Useful site!


  2. Sam says:

    That’s all good…

    Also, if you’re after new stuff i’d suggest going to

    Fantastic customer service and very cheap prices.


    PS: I’d highly reccommend buying the ram new… as memory modules die with time. either that or get a memtest done on the ram before it’s sent to you.

  3. Martin says:

    It did not work for me, this is the result it gave me:

    Computer Make:
    Computer Model:
    Computer Version:
    Motherboard Model: K8V-X SE
    Motherboard Version: Rev 1.xx
    CPU: AMD Sempron 2.0Ghz
    Installed Memory: 2 slots: 512 MB, 512 MB
    Matched – Machine:
    Matched – Model:
    ECC: Yes
    Unfortunately, we were unable to provide an exact match.

  4. Josh says:

    This is the best, I have been looking for something like this THANKS!

  5. Ben says:

    Hey, is the best place for memory. Check it out.

  6. Leo says:

    Thanks for the tip, but I couldn’t seem to find my laptop at MemoryX. Then I found this Memory Selector ( which told me what type of RAM I need.

    The prices were way too high there, so I am ordering from at half the price, and it comes with a lifetime warranty!

  7. Anna says: is an amazing site for computer components. They’ve got RAM at basement prices. Thanks for the tip..I’d been trying to figure this out through my computer for a while.
    <3 Anna

  8. Bob says:

    I just purchased RAM from and things worked out great!

  9. Mahendra varman says:

    Thank you boss !!!
    I got my appropriate model of RAM for my laptop :)
    Good job:)

  10. Sreenivas says:

    hey toooo gud site…thanx a looot…and one doubt…my laptop is gettin heated too much…if i play video or audio..its gettin stuck and causin truble…Upgrading the RAM solves the problem?? and i m havin 512 mb RAM

    Reply from Peter: More RAM is only one of the many possible solutions for that. You should consult some sort of hardware specialist. The laptop might need better ventilation, there might be a failure in a different part, you might have too many programs running at once for your computer’s speed, or many other things.

  11. Robert says:

    More memory is not always the best solution. A good professional tuneup can do just as much and in some cases more than a memory upgrade. I too use NewEgg and have for over 5 years. They have great delivery times (at least in California).

  12. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the advice. I just got some RAM for cheap at

  13. Kumar says:

    Excellent link – ‘System Information for Windows’ above. Every windows user, esp on with a unix/linux background needs one of this kind. Hats off to the maker and to keep it up !

  14. mary says:

    I had the same problem as Martin it did not work for me either but i found another website that did work

  15. arjay says:

    hi is it fine to upgrade my ram to 8gb but my processor is intel celeron?

    Reply from Peter: That should be fine as long as your motherboard supports that much RAM.

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