A factor that will determine how fast your PC runs is the amount of computer memory also known as RAM (Random Access Memory) that is in your system. The reason for this is because if you have a small amount of memory for the application programs you are running, the PC will be spending time (processor time) swapping information in and out of the inadequate amount of memory to your harddisk. This PC time used up swapping data in and out of memory is time that could be spent running your actual applications. Adding more memory to your system (assuming space is available) is consequently a good idea as there is then additional space for applications and data to remain in memory, reducing the amount of time wasted swapping information in and out of memory.
If your computer is a few years old and is currently running slower than it did when it was new, this is most likely because extra software or software upgrades that you have added to the system are placing even more load on the restricted quantity of memory available.
If you think your computer memory might be a problem for your slow PC, you can check your PC's RAM usage by opening the Windows Task Manager. You can start the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del simultaneously (Vista users will have to click Start Task Manager) and then click the Performance tab. If the figure next to 'Available' (or 'Free' in Vista) in the 'Physical Memory' section is getting close to zero, for example if only 10% or so of your PC memory is available, you probably need extra RAM.
Usually a normal Windows XP user will find that 1GB of RAM should give them satisfactory system performance. For users who run loads of demanding applications at the same time or they work extensively with digital video or other huge graphics files then they ought to have 2GB or more of RAM.
If you are planning to upgrade your PC to run Windows Vista, you can run this operating system with 1GB of RAM, however for a better Windows Vista experience then 2GB of RAM is recommend.
Having determined that you need to add to the amount of RAM in your system to enhance its performance you then have the following questions to solve:-
1. Are there any unfilled memory card slots free in your system?
2. Will I have to remove some of the present memory to create space for further memory?
3. What kind of memory does your system need?
4. Is your PC using dual-channel memory, in that case then you must mount a pair of memory cards for maximum performance?
You could potentially study your PC’s guide to answer these questions and others, but the easiest thing to try initially is to surf to one of the dependable RAM manufacturer’s web site via the PC you wish to upgrade. The main RAM supplier internet websites have internet based tools for identifying the right RAM for the PC you are using to surf to their internet site. These tools can tell you what memory you are currently using, if you have some blank memory slots and what upgrade possibilities are available.
Using these online tools can plainly show you your upgrade choices and really helps your to understand that you are buying the correct memory for your system.
Once you obtain your new memory you will then need to read your PC manual to understand the best way to open up your PC and correctly insert the new memory. One issue you should be alert to when handling memory is that static electricity can damage these memory items and your PC’s other delicate circuits. That is why you ought to read your instruction manual as it must explain that you have to earth yourself to the metalwork inside your PC, before removing your new memory from its protective covering and adding or removing items inside your PC.
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