Is your computer running too slow for you? Do you have a good processor, but can’t afford a great one? Well there is another option; boost up your RAM! Your RAM is what gives your computer the ability to process and store data at super fast speeds. The more RAM that a computer has, the faster it gets when doing this. There are many types of RAM with various brands, but they all do the same basic job. Here are some important things to consider when purchasing RAM for your PC.

What You Have and What You Need

First, figure out how much RAM you actually have to begin with. This can be done by checking your PC’s system information. There should be a section called “Installed Physical Memory.” This is the amount of RAM you have. Ideally, it’s best to have at least 2 GB of RAM on a standard computer. If it’s less than 2, consider purchasing either 2 one gigabyte RAM cards or one 2 gigabyte RAM card. Either way will get you the same results, but one way may be less expensive than the other depending on your computer budget.

What Type

As mentioned earlier, there are many different types of RAM one can purchase for a computer. Some are designed different to fit the different types of motherboards that the RAM is meant to attach to. Some computers can only take a certain amount of RAM before it goes overload and starts to break down. Consult the user manual of your PC in order to determine what RAM type is used for it. There are a few different classifications of RAM such as:

  • SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM)
  • DDR (Double Data Rate SDRAM)
  • Rambus DRAM (RDRAM)

Be sure to research online to find out which type of RAM is right for your computer.

Lots of RAM Means Lots of Speed

RAM (short for Random Access Memory) is the amount of memory your PC can take and store data in. With a large enough amount of RAM, your PC will be able to store data quickly and efficiently allowing it to devote more of its energy towards the processors that provide lightning fast speed.  It’s recommended to get at least 2 gigabytes of RAM. The more hardcore PC users may want to look towards the 4 or even 8 gigabyte options.

Installing RAM

Once you have bought the right type of RAM, installing the RAM into your PC is very simple. First, shut down and open up the computer. Then carefully scan the motherboard for one or two RAM cards that may or may not look similar to yours. They should be sticking out of the motherboard. Carefully unclip and pull out each RAM, then insert the new RAM into the motherboard. Lock everything into place and close the computer up.

Go RAM or Go Home

Memory speed is vital for having a great experience with your computer. RAM is what delivers that speed, and so figuring out the type of RAM that is best for your computer is very important. Good luck with your search, and hopefully your RAM shopping experience will be an easy and fun one.


Sources: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/addmemory.aspx#fbid=kciSq3GBDBQ ; http://www.computermemoryupgrade.net/types-of-computer-memory-common-uses.html


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