Memory Upgrades An Inexpensive Way To Boost Computer Performance

Memory Upgrades: An Inexpensive Way To Boost Computer Performance
Many people buy a​ computer with only the​ minimum amount of​ memory (RAM) installed .​
The reasons for this vary,​ but usually computers with the​ minimum amount of​ RAM are cheaper than the​ others,​ so appear to​ be a​ bargain.
Other folks have older computers that might have had a​ reasonable amount of​ memory installed at​ the​ time of​ purchase,​ but struggle to​ keep up with the​ memory requirements of​ modern applications .​
Installing additional memory is​ a​ relatively inexpensive way to​ boost performance in​ old and new computers alike.
If your computer is​ 2-3 years old and it​ is​ running somewhat slow,​ then it's worth considering purchasing a​ memory upgrade before lashing out on​ a​ new computer .​
The majority of​ people that I​ talk to​ about computer memory upgrades (especially those with a​ computer over 2 years old) are surprised at​ the​ increase in​ overall performance after installing a​ memory upgrade .​
Typically it​ can extend the​ useable life of​ the​ average computer by another 2-3 years,​ at​ a​ mere fraction of​ the​ cost of​ buying a​ new one.
Installing a​ memory upgrade is​ usually a​ simple process,​ requiring at​ most a​ phillips screwdriver to​ either undo the​ memory hatch on​ your notebook,​ or​ to​ remove the​ case if​ you have a​ desktop pc .​
Once you have access to​ the​ memory slots,​ it's just a​ simple matter of​ pushing the​ memory module into the​ spare slot firmly,​ closing the​ hatch or​ putting the​ case back on,​ putting the​ screw back in,​ and rebooting the​ computer.
It can be a​ more complicated exercise if​ your memory slots are fully populated,​ but a​ competent memory supplier should be able to​ provide you with advice on​ the​ upgrade options available and whether or​ not you will need to​ remove one or​ more of​ the​ existing modules to​ make room for larger ones.
The question a​ lot of​ people ask me when considering buying a​ memory upgrade is​ What size memory upgrade should I​ buy?
I usually answer this with a​ question: Tell me about the​ sort of​ things you use your computer for?
Generally speaking I​ recommend you install 512mb if​ you are running Windows XP on​ your computer .​
Microsoft say that the​ minimum is​ far less,​ but it​ really is​ the​ minimum in​ my opinion .​
512Mb of​ installed memory will give you enough room for Windows XP to​ load,​ and a​ little spare for a​ couple of​ web browser windows,​ an​ email client,​ antivirus application,​ and a​ spreadsheet or​ word processor.
If you run OSX or​ a​ flavour of​ Linux,​ I​ still recommend 512mb as​ a​ minimum.
If you only have the​ generally accepted minimum of​ 256mb,​ this is​ barely enough to​ load Windows XP .​
As you start up other applications,​ your pc will begin to​ allocate virtual memory .​
This means that a​ section of​ your computers hard drive is​ used for moving around data in​ the​ same way that physical memory is​ used,​ only it​ goes a​ lot slower.
If you do photo editing in​ addition to​ the​ basics,​ think about going up to​ 1GB of​ installed memory .​
If you are a​ home video buff or​ play a​ lot of​ computer games,​ then 2GB is​ really going to​ keep you productive .​
(Is gaming productive?).
Memory upgrades are available from many different sources,​ and made by a​ lot of​ different manufacturers .​
Kingston are probably the​ best known manufacturer,​ and they make modules for most of​ the​ top OEM's,​ who rebrand Kingston memory as​ their own.
Before purchasing an​ RAM upgrade,​ be sure to​ ask if​ the​ memory is​ guaranteed to​ be compatible with your PC or​ laptop,​ and is​ backed by a​ no-quibble return policy .​
Always make sure a​ lifetime warranty applies as​ well.
So if​ you or​ your kids are complaining about their latest computer game running too slow,​ consider that you might not need to​ buy a​ new computer even if​ it​ is​ a​ couple of​ years old,​ but simply upgrade the​ one you have with some more memory .​
It can make a​ world of​ difference,​ and make your computing investment last a​ lot longer.

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