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Obsolete parts - Market Place

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    My DELL laptop came with 2GB DDR2 memory (I got it in 2010). I came across a software requirement which requires atleast 4 GB of RAM. I thought of upgrading it, but to my shock I found that a new 4GB stick (DDR3) costs 1/4th of the DDR2 type!

    I am stuck nowhere, not knowing what to do! I could put somemore money and get a new laptop, buy my old one would not fetch me any money and would become an antique piece! Has someone got an old piece 4GB SO-DIMM 800MHz?

    I think we should start a market place here to help each other, where one can post about their old junk, which could be useful for someone else. Please let me know if someone has one?

    Thanks!
    Nevin.

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    I believe finding a 4GB DDR2 chip would be a little difficult because those who have them in their machines would still be using them. I say this because I myself have a laptop that I bought in year 2003 which has 1GB RAM and I am still using that laptop for downloading large files, I just start the downloads and let it run for days together. More then a decade and still going strong.

    We do have a buy/sell section here some where but I cant find it any more. I will post the link once I figure out where it lives these days

    In my opinion it would be better to get a new laptop instead of investing more money on a machine that you yourself know will be retired soon. Buying an average one without the cd drive would not cost a lot and would also run a lot faster then the one you have currently.

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    Thanks Admin. Keep me posted, however I have learned my lesson. When I buy computer the next time, I will go for the max RAM configuration available. You might need to pay twice or thrice if I need to upgrade it at a later time! With the thousands in initial expense, the system would last 5 years more!!

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    yes, a laptop's RAM would outlive its processor's utility after a few years of a purchase. for some needs, the processor may then bottleneck the RAM and such, but if used for trivial purposes like downloading, some documentation and sharing, then it shouldn't be a problem. i myself am using my old laptop as a kind of home media-server. it was purchased in 2007, has max 2GB of RAM, a dedicated nvidia GPU chipset (not much use of it though now, apart from some movie playback), and a core2duo processor. on account of its processor and RAM, am using Win 7 on it, and i use it for downloading, documentation, and media-sharing purposes.

    you may also buy a used laptop for cheap on forums, if you immediately need one. many can be found on sale, as well as you can place a 'want to buy' request too for one. moreover, you could also consider a plug computer like say Raspberry Pi2 and such (cheaper), or mini PCs from the likes of Zotac, etc., if you could run your software(s) on those in a headless or otherwise state.

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    It sucks that it's so hard to find parts like this in India. In the US, these older parts can be literally found for a few dollars from others that no longer need it.

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    I think there are some repair shops that hoards old stuff so they can use the spare parts that are not broken. Usually you can find them in repair shops in residential areas.

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