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New PC is a Presario SR5220AN. It is slow to do anything, and its RAM limits PC to a "2". What RAM do I need to buy to go straight into it? Does it have any spare slots?

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Http://www.crucial.com/eu/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=09712B4EA5CA7304
Above is a website that tells you exactly what type of memory you need. You need DDR2 PC5300 Desktop Memory. I would recommend getting two 1-gigabyte sticks of this type of RAM.

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