Will adding 1GB of RAM to my computer with 512MB of RAM make a difference?

by on April 21, 2010

Q: I just wanted to know if I put 1GB extra RAM into my PC (that is only running 512mb) would it make much difference to it? I use it for gaming mostly but finding it hard to run many games. Thanks for any help.

5 Responses to “Will adding 1GB of RAM to my computer with 512MB of RAM make a difference?”
    Picked as best answer

    You will likely notice an overall improvement to how the computer runs. That said, if you’re only running 512 odds are you’re running an overall dated computer. So while that extra GB of RAM might speed things up, it probably won’t be enough of an upgrade to run recent games. The RAM that you buy will also probably not work in a newer computer either.

    So, with that in mind, what games do you want to be able to play, what kind of budget do you have to work with and what more can you tell me about your current computer (OS, CPU, Vid Card, Harddrive, etc)


    i can yeah, after running sysspec it shows as:

    Windows: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
    Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
    Memory (RAM): 512 MB
    CPU Info: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
    CPU Speed: 2990.1 MHz
    Sound card: Realtek AC97 Audio
    Display Adapters: Radeon X1650 Series | Radeon X1650 Series Secondary | UltraMon Display Mirror Driver | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
    Monitors: 2
    Screen Resolution: 1152 X 864 – 32 bit
    Network: Network Present
    Network Adapters: Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC – Packet Scheduler Miniport
    COM Ports: COM2
    LPT Ports: LPT1
    Mouse: 5 Button Wheel Mouse Present
    Hard Disks: C: 111.8GB | D: 55.2GB | E: 93.9GB | J: 465.8GB
    Hard Disks – Free: C: 50.3GB | D: 3.0GB | E: 396.4MB | J: 54.4GB
    USB Controllers: 8 host controllers.
    Firewire (1394): Not Detected
    PCMCIA (Laptops): Not Installed
    Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.
    Product Make: ISTART 1370
    AC Power Status: OnLine
    BIOS Info: AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 09/06/06 | A M I – 9000606
    Time Zone: GMT Standard Time
    Battery: No Battery
    Motherboard: PACKARD BELL BV P4M800PRO-M
    Modem: Standard Modem over Bluetooth link #5
    Standard Modem over Bluetooth link #6

    the budget is around £300 and i am just looking to get it to run games at a better speed then they do now, i am never going to be a real full on gamer more of a weekend one, any help would be really great, thanks again


    What do you want to be able to play? You might be better off just going to a xbox 360 or PS3


    Thanks for the post, i am just hoping to play some of my old RPG’s like risen and elder scrolls 4, and maybe other games from back in 2005 – 2008 (love the old ones) and as for all new games i play them on my 360, everytime i use “Can You Run It” most of the fails come from the Ram side of things, tho would you guys think it would be worth buying a new package like an i3 with DDR 3 ram


    Elder Scrolls 4 is available on the 360, you’re going to have much better results playing that on your 360 than on your PC.

    If by new package, you mean a whole new computer, then yes. Just buying an I3 CPU and DDR3 RAM won’t work with the rest of your parts.