Increasing RAM might help with normal tasks

by on August 12, 2009

Q: Will 2GB of RAM sufficiently speed up a Windows XP computer?

A: Increasing your RAM will help you with general home computing tasks like editing and creating documents, e-mail, and web browsing. An upgrade to 2GB of RAM for a computer you’ve had for 2-3 years will give you a nice performance boost for a very low price.

If you use your computer for more complex things like video games then you might not get the improvement you are looking for. Increasing your RAM makes it so your computer does not have to access your hard drive as much for information. This means that you will see the biggest speed increase if your computer is already using the hard drive instead of RAM to store information. If your system already has enough RAM then increasing it will result in no speed increase.

The best way to tell if you need more RAM is to go into the Task Manager and click on the Performance tab. To access the Task Manager you can pressĀ CTRL + ALT + DEL and then click on the Task Manager button. Then look at the numbers under Physical Memory (K) and if the System Cache number is big then adding RAM should help. You should do this while running the programs you normally run so you get a good idea of the actual RAM usage.

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