Upgrading Your Memory to Improve the Performance

MemoryIf your computer is running slower than in the past (or maybe it just never ran that fast to begin with), it may be time for you to make an upgrade. Of course, you are probably thinking that an effective upgrade of your computer components is going to cost you hundreds of dollars, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, assuming that there is no virus on your computer that is causing the lag in speed, it is a safe bet that your computer's memory is the problem.

Adding new memory to your computer is a relatively inexpensive way to improve its performance and overall speed, particularly given the fact that memory sticks are some of the least inexpensive computer components that you can purchase. Your computer system relies upon random access memory (RAM) for short-term storage of all of the data in use while you are working with any programs or applications.

Of course, to add more memory to your system, you have to have open memory slots on your motherboard, and you have to ensure that you have the right kind of memory. Most motherboards accommodate between two and four memory cards. If yours are all full, then your only option to replace them will be to replace the existing cards with cards containing more memory. Most memory cards are available in amounts of 256 MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB - though few if any computers make use of the smaller amounts.

You need to determine what type of memory your motherboard supports - check your user manual or look online if you are unsure, and then you must make sure that you get the right amount of memory. In some cases, it is possible to get more memory than your computer can actually use. 32-bit Windows systems, for example, are incapable of using more than 4GB of RAM. There is no sense in paying for computer components you cannot use.

As with all computer components, when you are upgrading you need to thoroughly research each component for compatibility. If you do your homework well, you will be able to add the memory your computer needs, and enjoy a revitalized system that is more capable of managing the many tasks you ask it to perform.



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