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Crucial memory has been the best site to get all your computer needs because there search is advanced and the site has easy navigation to the product make and model. crucial technology is for the advanced and beginner computer user. All you have to do is know what computer you have and model number which can be found on all computers at the back or front of the computer case. There track record is unfamished as the site has all the help a user could need to navigate the site and also take almost any card to purchase goods which most sites don't accept. Most people have switch or solo this site does them both to order goods from them. Also an added bonus you don't have to wait long as most of the products are next day delivery which is special delivery.
Whilst other E-tailers seemed to flounder during the pre-Christmas period of 2001, the order I placed with Crucial was by far the best service I received during this period, possibly ever. I must have placed about 10 orders during the run up to Christmas 2001, all of them with a different e-tailers. Some of them performed well, some very well. Other performed badly, and others shockingly very badly! But one stood out above all others ? Crucial Technology. I placed my order at 1pm on the Thursday, and received it 9am the next day. I didn?t pay extra for this service, and didn?t request it but it was still mightily impressive. Unfortunately my order with them was not for a Christmas present, it was for me, so speed was not vital on this occasion, but most welcome all the same. If the speed of the delivery doesn?t impress you, (and you could argue that maybe they were less busy during Christmas than other more gift related e-tailers) let me add that I paid the cheapest price I could find by £3 out of about 10 other retailers. The package was well wrapped, and with clear and easy to follow documentation. I will not hesitate to use them again. My only criticism is that they don?t have a larger product range, because if they did, I wouldn?t shop anywhere else!
Two years after purchase, my Gateway PC is still an ample machine for my needs. Although supplied with a 500MHz P3 processor and 128Mb RAM, it copes more than admirably with my slightly above average demands. That said, when I upgraded to Windows XP earlier this month, I decided the time was right to upgrade the memory too. Personally, I have never seen memory as cheap as it is now. Shopping around a little and asking the advice of a few other PC-literate friends, Crucial Technology seemed the most promising vendor, coupled with the fact that Gateway recommends them too - the remnants of their once extensive UK website carrying the Crucial shopping basket. On browsing their website I was pleased to find a very comprehensive, yet simply designed setup. If you have a branded PC and know your model, it could not be easier to find the correct memory for your machine. By using the Crucial Memory Selector you simply choose your manufacturer, product range then model from drop down boxes and a list is generated of all compatible memory. Over 100 manufacturers are listed, which goes to show just how much effort has been put into making the selection process as easy and problem free for the purchaser. You can also search by Crucial part number or the actual type of memory needed (i.e., SDRAM, EDO etc.) Should you end up with the wrong or incompatible memory for your computer after using the site, Crucial will replace or refund hassle-free. Pricing is incredibly competitive - the 256MB SDRAM DIMM I ordered cost £28.54 including VAT and was the cheapest I could find from 5 different suppliers. As an aside, this provides an amazing example of how the bottom has practically dropped out of the memory market - 10 years ago a friend of mine purchased a 4MB SIMM for £112!! A number of payment methods are accepted - Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Solo or Cheque (no American Express) - I used a credit card. The online authorisation process wa
s very rapid and makes me wonder why it is such a laborious task on other websites. Order processing is particularly rapid - I placed mine at 10:30pm on Monday, received an e-mail at 10am on Tuesday informing me that my package had been despatched, and it arrived in my morning mail on Wednesday. Had I placed the order on the Tuesday during business hours, I am sure it would still have reached me that Wednesday morning, despite the guarantee being by 12 noon within 2 days of dispatch. Delivery is by Royal Mail Special Delivery for no extra charge through out the UK mainland, although should you wish to arrange for an evening or Saturday delivery there are additional charges. The site (as does the e-mail confirming despatch of your order) offers a link to the Royal Mail website where you can track your order. However, as past experience has also shown, this has little benefit (to me at least). The site simply claims it cannot recognise or trace your tracking number until your parcel has actually been delivered, by which time you probably already know you have received it. This is something unique to the Royal Mail in my experience - most other couriers who offer this on-line feature report back on the consignment at every stage. The DIMM came in the usual static-free bag, between two pieces of foam and inside a small cardboard box - well packed in line with the relatively fragile nature of the contents. Included was a multi-lingual instruction sheet with basic directions on how to install your new memory. Should this limited information not be enough, some quite detailed instructions are provided on the website, along with photographs and pictures. These pages can also help you visually confirm the type of memory you need at the ordering stage. Within 10 minutes of opening my package, my machine was upgraded! As my upgrade was problem-free, I cannot comment further on their e-mail technical support service, however I would be astounded i
f this did not live up the service provided by the company as a whole. One point to be aware of - memory prices are volatile and can fluctuate. Althought they dont usually change by a great amount, as an example the memory I ordered for £28.54 had increased by £1.20 within 5 days. It then dropped again. As I say, not a great deal, but something you may wish to bear in mind. This is something common to all memory suppliers and is dictated by market forces, so it is not something I can criticise Crucial over. All in all, I cannot find a single thing to complain about regarding Crucial Technology. I would heartily recommend this supplier to anyone seeking to source new memory for their machine. Crucial do not just cater for the IBM compatible market, listing Apple and other such manufacturers such as Nokia so even if you are looking for non-standard memory types, give them a try. I cannot recommend them highly enough! www.crucial.com/uk
have only dealt with this company twice, and both of those times were this week. On both occasions I have found their service nothing less that breathe taking. I have had some money to burn this week, as I dont have to save for my wedding no more. So what could I spend my money one?? A) My darling wife? B) Or My darling and impressive Multivision Computer. Theres no choice in the matter, and decided to buy extra memory while the prices are so cheap. I did a fair bit of hunting round and found the cheapest for my computer to be £35 plus postage for a stick of 256mb DDR PC2100 266mz unbuffered. Thanks to my mate Tom (Paddyswak here at Dooyoo), he suggested www.crucial.com/uk a company that only deal with computer memory. The search facility was excellant, after selecting your motherboard or computer maker it give you the range of memory suitable and the all important prices. Its important to remember that prices include special delivery put not VAT, so that will have to be added at 17.5 percent. The price for mine was £25.37 total. So that was a £13 saving from the previous cheapest company!!. They offer at least a 10 percent discount for ordering over the internet , but the larger the order the bigger the discount. When I opened my computer up to fit the extra RAM, I found that both memory slots where full with two rows of 128MB , when I had thought it would have had a single row of 256MB memory. Now because I was disappointed at only having 384Mb I order another row of 256MB the next night. On both ocassions I order via there website after 10pm and I recieved the memory 36 hours later by Royal mail special delivery which costs £3.50 and Crucial dont charge you extra for this next working day delivery service. When you order it send out, you get an email from Crucial. At every point you can trace your orders progress and if its left they factory, it forwards you to the royal mails s
pecial delivery tracking service. The memory comes well packaged. Firstly in a bag, which inside is a strong box. Inside the box there is two layes of foam padding, and the memory is placed in between in a anti static bag. This weeks special include the following:- 4pak - 64MB CompactFlash Type I Cards (£23.39 each) £93.56 256MB DDR PC2100, 184-pin DIMM More info £21.59 256MB SDRAM, PC133, 168-pin DIMM More info £19.79 128MB SDRAM, PC100, 144-pin SODIMM More info £15.29 Prices reflect a 10% discount for ordering online. The prices look very cheap to me, but I am no expert on computers!! Thank You for reading!! Regards Baz
We all know that adding more RAM to your computer is an effective, fast way of speeding it up and putting some extra kick into an ageing machine. It is also common knowledge in the techie world that memory prices are at an all-time low and now's the best time to go out and get some. Now that you're raring to go and spend your hard-earned cash, where do you begin? There are so many places to choose from, high-street stores, mail-order, internet, magazines, it could all be a bit baffling and that’s before you even nail what spec you need. The simple answer to this is to go to http://www.crucial.com/uk and have a browse. Crucial are world-renowned for making the best memory in the business and because of this they can afford the great prices they offer. Once logged on, you can tell that security is assured by the gold Verisign Site Security crest, taking good care of all your details. The choices to be made about your memory can become quite complicated as certain computer motherboards (the area inside your computer that allows all the components to talk to each other) will only accept certain types of memory with certain specifications. The correct choices can be made with a click of a button using the site's ingenious, foolproof Memory Selector. You'll need to get out the computer manual to check the motherboard model for it, and then you're away. You can also enter in the make and model of the computer. The function then lists the exact types of memory compatible with your system! All you have to do is add the correct modules and quantities to your shopping basket and head for the checkout. Ordering is then very simple and, of course as safe as houses. If its your first time, they'll ask you to make an account which will only store your name, address and phone number. After that, entering payment details is simple and there's help along the way if needed. On top of the great price
s compared to other manufactures, special delivery is FREE. This means the package will arrive by 12noon in the next two business days. When you order online, you also receive a 15% discount on the standard price! There are plenty of payment options to choose from; cheque, debit card, credit card or even wire transfer. AND, if for any reason at all that the memory isn't compatible with your computer, they'll exchange it for a different module, refunding the difference. This is exactly what I had to do after selecting the wrong memory, I was put on to a sales assistant and given a returns code to send with the package and the new RAM came 2 days later! There couldn't be a more easy online transaction to deal with and you don't need ANY technical know-how to do it, only the skill of clicking the mouse!
I’m sure that the ridiculously low memory prices – which have been on a downward spiral for some time now – have not escaped the attention of most people. A 128MB SDRAM module that could have cost you over £130 a little over a year ago can now be yours for around £15. So, considering the fact that prices are so low, and the fact that manufacturers of memory have now admitted that they are starting to make losses and prices are likely to rise again soon, now could be a good time to invest in the most effective performance-enhancing upgrade for your computer. There are a great many retailers out there who will happily meet your requirements – from more traditional retailers such as PC World (who, as usual, will rip you off pretty badly if you should decide to purchase memory from them) to online retailers such as Novatech and Crucial. Crucial represents the best choice in my view. Their speed, service, and low prices are pretty much unrivalled – 128MB of PC100 SDRAM cost me just £13.05 plus VAT – Crucial do not charge for delivery, your memory is delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery (which guarantees delivery by 12PM on the next working day) absolutely free of charge. There are other delivery options available, should you require delivery by courier or delivery guaranteed to arrive on a Saturday. I personally don’t see any reason to choose the courier options though, as Royal Mail Special Delivery is very fast and insured for up to £250 anyway, so the courier service is not really any better. The Crucial site is very easy to navigate, allowing even the least technically minded user to find the appropriate memory upgrades very quickly and without fuss. Using the Crucial “memory selector” you can simply choose your make of computer or motherboard from the pull-down menu box, and then choose the model from a subsequent pull-down menu. The list of compatible memory modules is then display
ed, and it’s just a matter of choosing the size (bigger numbers are obviously better!) For anyone who doesn’t have a listed motherboard, or who has some PC knowledge, you can also search by memory type (e.g. 168 pin DIMM, and then SDRAM, PC100) and a list of modules will be displayed along with details on latency, parity etc. You can click on the part number of any module to see further details, or if the technical jargon is confusing you then you can click on the type of module at the top of every listing to get a full, plain English, explanation of all the terminology. These guides are very useful, as they give tips on how to spot which type of memory you have – e.g. counting the chips on a module to see if you have ECC or non-parity RAM (ECC has a number of chips that is a multiple of 3, everything else is non-parity) If you are a regular visitor to the site, you can also search by part number. Very handy if you work in IT and order memory regularly, as it really helps to speed up the transaction. The various guides should help you to select the appropriate memory module(s) for your computer with great ease, however Crucial do offer a full refund if you choose a module that turns out to be incompatible. If you use the memory selector, you can claim back the full price paid – however a 20% restocking fee applies if you used the advanced search features and then chose the wrong type of memory. When you have decided on which module(s) you want to purchase, buying them is as easy as finding them was – just enter how many units you would like into the little boxes next to the part numbers in the listing. Click the “Add to Basket” button and they’re added to your virtual shopping basket. All very straightforward. You can then proceed to the checkout and choose the delivery method. Special Delivery is free, as I already mentioned, or you can have an evening delivery for £4.05 or guarant
eed Saturday delivery for £12.95. After you have chosen the delivery method, VAT is calculated and added and it’s only at this point that you see the final totals. That’s my only real criticism of the site – all the prices remain exclusive of VAT up until that point, so unless your mental arithmetic is very sharp, or you want to get the old calculator fired up, then you may underestimate how much you are going to be spending – especially if you are buying more than one module. Payment details are then requested – and have to be entered even if you have used the site before. If you have never used the site before then you’ll have to enter your billing and shipping details, as well as your phone number, e-mail address etc. If you have ordered before then you can simply enter your e-mail address and password and your details will be retrieved. You still have to enter payment details though, as these are not held on the server (for obvious security reasons). You can either pay by credit or debit card (Visa, MC, Switch, or Solo) or you can send a cheque or postal order to Crucial. Obviously paying using plastic ensures quicker delivery though. Once you have entered payment details and confirmed your order, Crucial will send you a friendly confirmation e-mail immediately. You will also get an e-mail sent to you when the item is sent, and this will give you the tracking number for your order – you can then track the progress of the package by either logging into the Crucial website, or by visiting www.royalmail.com and entering the supplied tracking number. Delivery is extremely fast – I ordered 128MB of RAM at 4AM on Friday morning and took delivery of it at just before 9AM on Saturday morning – very impressive – just 29 hours from ordering to delivery. The RAM came very well packaged with the anti-static bag protecting the RAM sandwiched between two pieces of foam inside a tig
ht-fitting cardboard box. The sales receipt and a small guide on installing the RAM were also included – very handy for anyone who’s a bit unsure about how to install the modules, as the language used is very simple and there are clear illustrations. The RAM was easily (well, maybe not that easily, as on my computer the PSU has to be removed in order to access the DIMM slots) installed, counted up OK by the BIOS, and has given a much needed boost in speed and multi-tasking capability to my system. I just really can’t recommend Crucial highly enough. They are one of the most impressive companies that I have ever dealt with – from the 10% discount on all Internet orders, to the excellent customer service and support (which even includes a freephone technical support number in addition to everything I’ve already mentioned) and lightening-fast delivery. I can’t think of a better online retailer that’s out there… If your machine is starting to grind to a halt when multitasking or running the latest software, then you should visit www.crucial.com/uk and order some extra RAM from this very impressive company.
I was growing tired of my computer grinding to a halt every time I had more than one or two internet explorer windows open, and with my recent addition of a firewall and virus checker to the system tray, my 64MB of RAM was being stretched to the limit, and as I knew prices weren't too much these days, I decided to splash out on another 128MB to give my computer a little treat. I'd heard Crucial had an excellent reputation, both for price and speed or service, so after checking a few other online retailers, I found that RAM prices where pretty much of a muchness, and plumped for Crucial because they didn't charge for delivery, and my friend told me delivery was very quick, so off I went. The best thing about the crucial website is that is so incredibly easy to find what you're looking for. Even if you're terrible with computers, and haven't a clue what you're looking for, all the hard work is done for you. All you have to do is select your brand of computer from a drop down list; this will take you to a second drop down menu, where you select your model of computer. Once that has been selected, it's basically a case of selecting how much memory you wish to purchase. The results page will tell you how many slots your motherboard has, what the maximum RAM it can hold is, little bits of information to keep you on the right track. From there it is just a case of adding the items to your basket and checking out. If you can't see your model listed, you can fill in a form, or ring a free phone number and Crucial will find out what RAM your system requires. Should you know what type of memory you are looking for (e.g. number of pins, refresh rate), you can select it from the drop down menu on another search page, and similarly you can search by crucial part number if you know it. Once you have got all the necessary items to your basket, it is simply a case of filling in your details, credit card details
and selecting delivery options; it's very quick and easy. If you have ordered before, you can enter your email address and password, and your shipping and personal information will be retrieved from the Crucial database. You will still have to enter your credit card details, as these are not stored on their server. If you are a new user, you will need to enter standard delivery information - name, address, billing address (if different from the shipping address), phone number and email, then credit card information. Standard delivery is by Royal Mail special delivery, which is supposed to arrive the next day of shipment, before 12o'clock. If you require evening delivery, there will be a £4.95 charge, and if you require Saturday delivery, it will be a £12.95 charge. Once you select the delivery method, you will see the final cost, with VAT added on to the RAM charges (there is no VAT added on the results pages). If you don't have a credit card or wish to pay by a different method (e.g. cheque), you can also do this, but I can't comment on that as I used my debit card. The site accepts Switch, Solo, MasterCard and Visa, once these are entered and verified (on a secure server, naturally), you're taken to the confirmation page, and a confirmation email is delivered to your inbox immediately. Your order can be tracked by logging into your account, and selecting your order number. This will give you the Royal Mail tacking number, which is linked to the Royal Mail site, so you can get an estimate of the time they expect to deliver your order. My order was dispatched the morning after I ordered (Crucial also send you an email on dispatch of your order), and Mr Postman was ringing my doorbell the following morning, so total time from order to arrival was less than 48 hours, which is especially impressive considering I live in Northern Ireland and am used to waiting an extra day for my orders compared to the mainland.
The RAM came in a small cardboard box, padded between two pieces of foam and the RAM protected in an antistatic bag, along with your printed receipt for your order and a small leaflet on installing the RAM in your computer. It's a general leaflet in multiple languages, but it should give novices a helping hand should you need it. The site is very simple, mostly white with minimal graphics making the site incredibly quick, which creates an excellent impression. Total time from entering the site to completing my order was less than three minutes, on a 56k modem, and most of the time was spent entering my details into the forms. Everything you want to know is answered on site, there is a comprehensive FAQ, as well as technical details of the RAM they sell - each product has a hyperlink beside it to explain the numbers and acronyms that the industry uses, so you know exactly what you're getting. Navigation around the site is very intuitive; there is a graphical menu bar at the top of the screen that allows you to move between the home page, your account page, the FAQ and your shopping basket. There's also a site map should you find it difficult to find what you'e looking for, but you shouldn't come across that problem. It's not the type of site you're going to have to visit more than a couple of times, but those couple of times are a highly pleasant experience. It's fast, secure, simple to find what you want, the prices are cheap and delivery speedy. You can't really ask for a lot more from an online retailer. They certainly get my vote. To give you an idea of savings, my 128MB block of Ram cost about £17, that's with the standard 10% reduction on manufacturer's prices Crucial offer, with VAT added on. The same block of RAM in PC World cost £50, so you can see the advantages from ordering from this store. If you use the URL http://www.crucial.com/uk/webpromo/, this will offer a fur
ther 5% reduction on Crucial's prices, taking the cost down to 15% below manufacturer's prices. There is a box to enter a 5-digit code, simply enter any 5-digit number to receive your discount.
One of the first rules of computing is that you can never have enough memory. The second of course is that you never have enough disk space. Never trust anyone who tells you otherwise, especially that dodgy seller who assures you his second-hand 80486 100MHz with 8MB RAM will 'sufficiently meet your ultimate gaming needs' :) Windows (which most of us probably use) is a memory hungry thing, and hogs all it can get. With Windows 95/98, 32MB is recommended to be the minimum, with 64MB giving comfortable performance. Windows ME requires around 128MB for good performance, and if you have Windows 2k Advanced Server you better have 256MB! Of course if you use Unix you'll only need a few KB of memory for vim or pico ;) Memory is a crucial component of any PC, and getting enough of it is important if you want optimum performance. If you play lots of games, or do 3D work, you NEED memory. And with prices at just £25 for a 256MB PC133 DIMM with FREE delivery, you have no excuse not to upgrade now! The Crucial website is well structured, and there are TONS of types of memory to pick from. If you bought your machine from a branded dealer, and aren't sure which type of memory to go for, Crucial has a very simple 'Memory Selector' that will help you pick the memory that is compatible with your system! IMHO it's very good, but take a tip from me - if it recommends you get PC100 memory (it means your computer's system bus will be running at 100MHz) get PC133 anyway. The price isn't that much different, and the memory will still be compatible (they are downwards compatible). This way, when you come to upgrade your entire system you will still have up-to-date, useable memory to plug into your new computer :) Crucial is very reliable, and ordering online is quick and easy. Orders processed online also get a 10% discount, and have free delivery. When I ordered my two 256MB memory sticks, I recieved confirmation
straightaway, and got the package in 2 days. Very impressive. The memory is packaged very securely, in separate anti-static bags, padded with foam (ok I got pink foam... questionable style here :P), and all in a sturdy box. The quality of the products is also very good. I have ordered from Crucial many times now, for myself and for work. Service has been consistently good, and the products have never failed.. yet! Tests I've run on the memory show that it is up to the standard advertised. So remember, next time your computer takes 5 minutes to open an application or crashes when you have too many windows open, give it a CRUCIAL upgrade! Shame they don't do memory for humans :) ------- In all fairness I should just point out that the pink foam was a one-off incident... hopefully one that won't be repeated..
Well I upgraded my processor and my motherboard, and although the motherboard supports both flavours of ram (SDRAM & DDRRAM) I decided that some new memory might be in order as well so I decided to buy myself 256Mb of PC2100 DDR-RAM. Scouring my usual sources showed that it cost a bit more than PC133 SD-RAM at around £33 per stick. As I have some friends who run a computer shop (I'm actually building them a website...slowly) I was offered some at trade prices which I agreed to UNTIL I browsed to Crucial's website. Their prices for DDR memory was actually cheaper than my friends could buy it for through the trade channels (no guesses where they now buy their memory from LOL). As I knew exactly what I wanted, the ordering process was very quick and very easy, without the now usual log-in before you buy feature that many online shops seem to insist upon. One click added the product to the basket, and when I checked out I was then asked to create a password protected account for future visits. Very easy. I was then e-mailed confirmation, and the following day received another e-mail saying that the parcel had been shipped by Special Delivery. Lo and behold it arrived the next day. I ordered at around 6.30PM on the Thursday night and had my parcel by 9.30AM Saturday morning. The best thing about the delivery process is that standard shipping is by Royal Mail Special Delivery and is free! Obviously if you want it quicker then you can pay more, but in all honesty why bother? Lets dig into Crucial a little more shall we? For those that don't know Crucial is the retail arm of Micron technology, an American company who manufacture memory chips. Due to the downturn in technology sales, memory is at the cheapest that it has ever been, so there has never been a better time to buy. As I browse the tech sites quite a lot, Crucial and Micron are names that I've come across quite a lot, and all that I've read has been complimentary. They manufac
ture very high quality and very reliable memory. This dedication to quality has been transferred to their website, which is very clean, very quick loading and very user friendly. They also have offices around the world, and a website for each, in that countries language, including France, Japan, Germany as well as others. One of the things I like best about the Crucial website (although it's not something I use, as I know exactly what I need) is the ability to browse by system manufacturer, and also by motherboard manufacturer. This helps customers to pick the memory that they need for their system if they aren't sure. Micron/Crucial sell a lot of memory to system builders and in some cases manufacture very specific memory for those companies such as Compaq etc. Obviously putting different memory in systems like that could have bad effects so putting the info on their website BEFORE you buy is very helpful. I've already touched upon the other feature I like and that was the fact that they don't insist upon you creating an account before you buy something, preferring to add your account during the actual buying process. I personally loathe sites that insist upon registering before you shop, so this feature of Crucials site is very welcome to me. There is however one bad point, which is actually their Limited Lifetime Warranty, which states the the item is guaranteed for life from defects (arising through normal use obviously) EXCEPT when purchased with a credit card, when the warranty is only valid for twelve months. No explanation is given for this anomaly, and it's a bit of a kick in the teeth really, as most people that will buy through the website will use a credit card, so automatically lose the 'Lifetime Warranty'. I know that there will probably be people reading this opinion that will say Crucial's prices for other types of memory are higher than other sites, and in part they will be correct
EXCEPT that in the main the memory that is sold cheaply by other hardware sites is unbranded or generic memory. While they may use recognised manufacturers for the actual memory chips (such as Hynix, Samsung) the other parts that make up the memory stick will not be of such quality, so cannot be relied upon when running them at the very top end of their specifications. This means that memory sold as PC133 may only just be able to manage 133Mhz, which can lead to a few problems especially if you want to try and get a little more speed from your system by upping the front side bus speed on your motherboard to 135Mhz or higher. All in all, Crucial is a brand that I've learned to trust because of the sites that I visit recommending them. The sites that I like are dedicated to overclocking so when they say that they use Crucial/Micron memory in thier testing setups it shows a high level of trust. Coupled with very good prices, especially on DDR memory, and an easy on the eye website make Crucial one of the best sites to visit when shopping for memory, although you can buy through dabs.com as well.
After I brought a new motherboard earlier this year, I thought I could manage with the memory from my previous PC. Technically it was fine (generic PC133 memory), but after getting plenty of odd lockups and reading the newsgroups, it seemed the memory was at fault. When I was looking for new memory, I decided to avoid cheap generic RAM and get some decent stuff. I considered Kingston, but they were expensive; lots of people on the newsgroups were recommending Crucial as a good, yet cheap supplier. When I went to their web site, I was pleasantly surprised - although their RAM is not the cheapest, I was still able to get 512MB of CAS 2 PC133 RAM for under 90 pounds - good value for decent quality RAM. It helped that I knew exactly what sort of RAM I wanted, but for those that don't, their web site guides you through the process of asking what kind of PC you have, and advises you as appropriate. I had no problems ordering and paying by Switch (some other sites such as Odeon say my card number is invalid, when it isn't), and the memory was delivered by courier next day. Unlike the cheap RAM I brought from Dabs, each DIMM was in a sealed box, well wrapped in an antistatic covering, and with a detailed instruction pamphlet. Overclockers have reported a good success rate with Crucial RAM, too, meaning it's ideal if you want to squeeze a few extra MHz out of your system - and for non-overclockers, it's amongst the best RAM out there. With memory so cheap at the moment, I'd say it's worth spending that little bit extra to buy Crucial RAM if you can.
I recently turned to Crucial for a memory upgrade for my home PC. I have had the PC for 3 years and I thought more RAM would give it a nice boost. I was impressed by how simple to navigate the crucial website was. I had found my exact computer model within minutes and had soon ordered a 128Mb RAM chip that is guaranteed to work with my system or my money back. Most impressive however was the speed of delivery. I placed my order on Friday morning and my chip arrived by Royal Mail Special Delivery on Saturday morning at no extra cost. The chip even had an easy to follow installation guide provided with it. BRILLIANT! When you absoloutely possitively have to upgrade your memory, except no substitute!
An excellent, easy to navigate website which leads you by the mouse to the exact memory you need for your computer. Decide on the amount of memory you want then add your delivery details, wait for about a day and the brown box falls through the letterbox with an installation guide and more padding than a sumo wrestler. Ordered from them on 4 different occasions and memory was delivered Next day to Inverness, Scotland every time. Prices are very competative and the amount of information you are given is excellent. Heard praise about them on a newsgroup and didn't think a company could be this good until I tried them. Don't bother going anywhere else for your next memory upgrade.
When I read in a magazine that Crucial memory was delivering memory for such incredible prices, I assumed that the memory was of unbranded asian manufacture - the sort of ram that would most likely work, but did I want to risk it? I skipped over the advert without reading the smaller print, and it was only later I found out that this was proper, factory branded memory made by Crucial themselves, and that they were suppliers to a huge range of major manufacturers. I went immediately to their web site, and I was astonished to find that the prices were even lower on the site. The memory arrived promptly, and it works perfectly. I cannot reccomend them highly enough.
Had your computer for a little while? doesn't quite seem so fast anymore does it? The reason for this is once you have have a few pieces of software installed and running they all use up some of the memory on your computer making it slower,slower, slower. Well you don't need me to tell you. When I first got my computer 64 mb of RAM sounded a lot but not anymore and when you think about it is'nt really alot considering windows itself uses some of your precious memory. Don't panic though, because your computers memory is probably the easiest upgrade you can do yourself. Just pop down to your local PC World buy some RAM and slot into your PC. NOW PANIC!!! If you have ever been into PC World or any of the computer retailers you probably will have noticed how expensive RAM is. Panic no more, because there is only one place to buy your memory upgrades. Crucial is THE only name you need to remember when it comes to all things related to computer memory. When you visit the site you are asked to select your motherboard from a pretty extensive list. This makes it ideal for beginners or experts alike. Once you have found your motherboard and clicked on GO you will be presented with a full list of all the compatible RAM chips. It's so easy a fool can do it, I did! Get stuck on any of the technical terms, don't worry there is help all the way even down to details of your motherboard. All types of RAM are available including the new DDRAM and if you don't know what that is you can find out here. But without doubt the best thing about www.crucial.com is their prices! We are talking so cheap, that when compared to PC World for example, they are as much as half the price. Even then further reductions are made for ordering online. Because if you want to the option to buy by post is available too, making this a very flexible retailer, so if you
don't have a credit card or don't like to use it on line, it isn't a problem. Add to this the fact that all postage and packing is free and you really can't knock Crucial. So if you have a lack of memory ,you only need to remember Crucial.com.