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Need full description of RAM for Gateway 300X CEL

Have a friend who has a Gateway 300X desktop with a Celeron processor and only 512MB RAM, running Win XP SP-3. I'd like to add some 'zip' to the thing by at least doubling the RAM and possibly swapping the Celeron for a real Pentium 4. For the life of me, I can't get a straight answer from Gateway's or any other site on the FULL description of the RAM it will accept. I know it's DDR 266MHz PC2100, but that's also the description for the same type memory for a laptop. What additions to the description do I need in order to buy the right RAM?

2nd, we bought a 2.66GHz Pentium 4, 533MHz FSB on ebay, but after installing it, a black-screen message displayed saying that the processor was not supported by the motherboard, and so its speed would be reduced. Indeed it was -- to 2.0 GHZ. The d*** Celeron runs at 2.2GHz, so I put it back. Gateway site says the mobo supports up to a 533MHZ FSB 2.66GHz P4 (Essex). Apparently the one we bought (for only $9, so no big loss) was not an ''Essex'', and I have no idea how to tell what it is because the writing on the back isn't clear. Also, ads for P4's rarely mention what version except by some cryptic number. How can I tell if a P4 is an ''Essex'' model?

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Well, a p4 ddr 266 usually has a cpu limit of 2.4 ghz, 400mhz bus. As for Essex, you can purchase those by looking for them online. As for the ram, ask Gateway the max ram limit (likely 1 gig) at 266mhz bus (pc2100). I did a little research online and I did not see any 300x with more than 1 gig or total ram. Look for 266 bus on your ram, (2x512), and a CPU at no higher than 2.6 at 400mhz bus (2.4 would likely be cheaper and may be more compatible, and you only lose 266 megahertz). Also, do not plan on making this into an uber-sweet gaming system. It was designed for basic computing. You can max the ram at a gig, drop a p4 2.4 in it, and add an add-in video card to beef up the graphics. You can play world of warcraft on it, but your framerates will be about 15-25 fps, and you can watch movies and shows, but you wont be impressed. Still, it makes for a great office machine, or drop a big fat EIDE hard drive in it and make it a file server. Also, you can squeeze a little more performance outta your hardware by running Windows 2000 rather than XP or Vista. 2k has less background junk eating up your cpu resources, and would likely perform more smoothly on the older hardware.

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