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Will more memory help my computer's performance?

I am often called to diagnose PC’s because they are “slow". Normally by the time the customer rings me they have been putting up with the computer's slow performance for a while and they are incredibly frustrated.

A few of the most common causes for a slow computer include not enough memory installed, viruses and having too many apps starting up and running in the background on your Windows PC.

We will now have a little look at memory (RAM) and whether you have enough of it in your PC.

How much memory (RAM) should you have?

Well the answer to that lies in what version of Windows you are running and what you are using your PC for. Here is a rough guide so you can see how you’re doing, focusing just on system memory:

Windows XP:

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email.
Recommended memory: 1 - 2GB.

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email, I also like to dabble with video or photo editing.
Recommended memory: 3 – 4GB.


Windows Vista:

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email.
Recommended memory: 2 - 4GB.

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email, I also like to dabble with video or photo editing.
Recommended memory: 4GB+.

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email, I like to dabble with video or photo editing, and I do a bit of games playing too in my spare time.
Recommended memory: 8GB.

Windows 7 / 8 :

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email.
Recommended memory 2 - 4GB.

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email, I also like to dabble with video or photography editing.
Recommended memory: 4 - 8GB.

Usage level: I browse the internet and do a bit of office work / email, I like to dabble with video or photography editing, and I do a bit of games playing too in my spare time.
Recommended memory – 16GB +.

How to identify how much memory you have installed.

You can easily see how much memory your PC or laptop has installed by doing the following:

- click on the windows logo on your desktop
- click on "control panel"
- select the "system" category
- select "system"
It should now mention a figure where it says "Installed memory (RAM)"

If you feel that your computer or laptop may not have adequate memory, or it's still slow and under-performing, then contact PC Guy in Ellesmere Port for friendly advice.

 

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