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Random Access Memories

Have you ever purchased a computer and wondered why a certain specification, such as RAM, mattered?

Every computer has memory, referred to as RAM, which means Random Access Memory. Why is this important? Memory is needed for any computer to even turn on. It allows the operating system to load programs that you are currently using. The more RAM you have, the more data or programs you can access at a time.

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Most budget computers today ship with 4 GB of RAM (some with even 2 GB!). This is too little for quick operation of most computers, even for basic tasks, in my opinion. In 2016, Windows 10 usually occupies nearly 2 GB of RAM without any programs open! If you are looking for a new PC, PLEASE make sure it has at least 8 GB of RAM.  You’ll thank me later!

If your current PC feels a bit sluggish and you don’t have the funds for a full on upgrade (which is highly suggested if the PC is 4 years or older), a RAM upgrade can often help out. Most desktops can be upgraded to 16 GB of RAM, but that is usually overkill unless you are using high-powered components and doing intensive work.

 

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The process can be performed on a desktop by removing the side paneling and finding the RAM slots. Laptops are often more tricky, and may require disassembling the entire bottom plating, but it is simpler on many laptops. In some cases, we recommend having this done by a professional (hint, hint).

by:  Mekkel Richards

IT Technician

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