All In One HTPC Memory (RAM)
All In One HTPC Memory
Memory is fairly straight forward on a computer. You generally have four things to determine:
- Pin Number – the motherboard specs will tell you if you require 168 pin, 184 pin, 240 pin, etc
- DDR Type – the motherboard spec will tell you if you require DDR, DDR2, DDR3
- DDR Frequency – this is a bit more complicated; generally motherboards will offer a wide range of acceptable frequencies. The higher frequencies that are offered are generally for overclocking applications.
- Amount of Ram – 2GB, 4GB, 8GB etc.
NOTE: You’ll see that ram comes in different configurations: (2 x 1GB, 2 x 512MB, 2 x2GB, etc). The first number represents the number of sticks in your packaging. The second number represents the amount of RAM on each stick. Therefore a 2 X 1 GB package will have two sticks of RAM at 1 GB a piece for a total of 2 GBs of RAM.
Again, for continuity sake, I’m going to recommend memory for the AMD APU.
NOTE: AMD APUs responds positively to higher DDR Frequencies. Because RAM Pricing is relatively cheap, I’m going to recommend the DDR3-1866 (PC3-14900), which is the highest supported RAM frequency. I’ll also be recommending 4GB, which should be more than enough for an All In One HTPC Build.