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valloq
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i have an hp s3200n. i'm thinking about upgrading the ram to 4gb, putting in an ssd...

...to replace the hard drive it originally came with, and installing Windows 7.

 

I know the limitation for the ram said 2gb, but is that only because it came with Vista? I'm assuming if I install 64-bit Windows 7 it will read it fine. And are there any limitations to the SSD that I wish to buy? I'm assuming the motherboard is just regular SATA and not SATA 2 or SATA 3.

 

Any information would be really helpful, thanks.

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Re: i have an hp s3200n. i'm thinking about upgrading the ram to 4gb, putting in an ssd...

Hi:

 

Below are the motherboard specs for your PC:

 

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01321559&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en...

 

You can install 2 x 2 GB of PC2-6400 memory for a total of 4 GB.

 

Theoretically the nForce 430 chipset should be able to run a SATA II HDD at the 3.0 GB/S speed, but I see conflicting info such as this post on the notebook forum.

 

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware/Why-is-the-Hitachi-default-drive-limited-to-SATA-150-...

 

Download and run the free PC Wizard 2010 and see what it reports on your controller.

 

http://download.cnet.com/PC-Wizard-2010/3000-2094_4-10793737.html

 

Your PC has the hardware to support windows 7.

 

I don't really know much about SSD's. I assume one will work in your PC.

 

Personally, I think an SSD is not a cost effective upgrade for your model.  They are too expensive a proposition to install in your PC. I would be concerned that if the controller is not SATA II capable, that would adversely affect the performance of your expensive SSD.

 

If it were me, I would put the money in a newer PC that could benefit from installing a SSD, have better graphics, a faster processor, more and faster memory--and already come with Windows 7.

 

Paul

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