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Len-newbie
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Pre-purchase questions

I want to order a new T400 with 6 GB RAM.  Can someone please tell me:

 

1) What is the maximum RAM?

 

2) If want 6 GB ram, isn't it much cheaper to order the machine with 2GB and then order 4 more GB as an accessory and install it myself? 

 

3) I don't coompletely understand the difference between 1 DIMM and 2 DIMMS and the huge price difference. If I order a machine with 2 GB what should I order to upgrade it to 4 GB? 

 

4) In the warranty options, they use the term "Top Seller."  What does that mean?

 

Thanks

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Re: Pre-purchase questions


1) What is the maximum RAM?
8GB. (Maybe more in the future when higher-capacity DIMMs are available?)

 


2) If want 6 GB ram, isn't it much cheaper to order the machine with 2GB and then order 4 more GB as an accessory and install it myself? 

 

3) I don't coompletely understand the difference between 1 DIMM and 2 DIMMS and the huge price difference. If I order a machine with 2 GB what should I order to upgrade it to 4 GB?


There are (2) slots. Each of which may hold a DIMM with 1GB, 2GB or 4GB capacity. You get a small speed boost if you use two DIMMs of the same capacity. 4GB DIMMs are currently very expensive.

 


4) In the warranty options, they use the term "Top Seller."  What does that mean?


Nothing important to the consumer, AFAIK.

 

Happy shopping,

Frank

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Len-newbie
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Re: Pre-purchase questions

Frank,

 

Thank you so much for the prompt, clear and concise reply.  After hours of searching the internet, I finally get it! 

 

I'm ready to order.

 

Thanks!

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Re: Pre-purchase questions

Glad I could help. Smiley Happy

 

If you feel like it, it would be great if you'd come back and tell us how your T400 experience goes.

 

Best regards,

Frank

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Re: Pre-purchase questions

I would go with either 4 GB or 8 GB, not 6. There have been some problems with video on un-balanced systems.  4 GB SODIMMs are about $250-300 right now, 2 GB are about $30-40.  I had a good deal on upgrades, so I configured with 2 2GB SODIMMS from Lenovo, but normally I would buy with minimum memory and order some corsair or mushkin to save $.  Especially true if you are looking to go 8 GB. 

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Re: Pre-purchase questions

 


@TheDude wrote:

There have been some problems with video on un-balanced systems.


 

 

I missed that. Do you have references? Does it matter if video is Intel, ATI or switchable?

 

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Re: Pre-purchase questions

I promise a detailed report.  I read the posts too late, though.  I ordered the system below this afternoon.  Should I change the ram?   I'm a little concerned that the display doesn't show that I chose the LED/backlit option but the sales department says that I did.

 

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