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Old 08-03-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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In this article I will go through the reasons why I think RAM can make a difference if your looking for a faster computer.

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In this article I will go through the reasons why I think RAM can make a difference if your looking for a faster computer.

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Nice article. Too bad it's not quite entirely correct.

Adding more RAM will NOT necessarily speed up your computer. It depends on whether the particular mix of applications you are running uses all of your existing physical RAM to the point where the system has to swap part of memory to disk. If you're running into that situation then adding more RAM will improve things, otherwise no.

Additional RAM will allow you to run more applications simultaneously but won't necessarily speed your system up.

My first system had 128K of RAM. I doubled that to 256K but the system didn't run any faster. It did make a difference as to which RAM hungry applications I could run or not.
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It is somehow true... but not exactly solution to make computer faster... strolling is right.
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I sure did

---------- Post added at 12:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:24 PM ----------

Well if you upgrade your RAM you can make your computer run 64-bit instead of 32-bit and thereby have it run applications better
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... Well if you upgrade your RAM you can make your computer run 64-bit instead of 32-bit and thereby have it run applications better
Another not-quite-true statement. How much RAM you have in the machine doesn't dictate whether you can run 32 or 64 bit (other than the minimum requirements of 1G for 32-bit vs 2G for 64-bit). The main reason most people go to 64-bit is because it can address more memory than a 32-bit machine. A 32-bit Win 7 machine can only address about 3.4G of RAM so, if you have 4G or more of RAM, you will need a 64-bit OS to be able to use all of it.
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another not-quite-true statement. How much ram you have in the machine doesn't dictate whether you can run 32 or 64 bit (other than the minimum requirements of 1g for 32-bit vs 2g for 64-bit). The main reason most people go to 64-bit is because it can address more memory than a 32-bit machine. A 32-bit win 7 machine can only address about 3.4g of ram so, if you have 4g or more of ram, you will need a 64-bit os to be able to use all of it.
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The time it takes for the computer to open a program can depend on how much RAM your computer has. The more RAM you've got, the more memory can you store on it and thereby booting programs faster because it doesn't have to read it off the harddrive
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PAE on a 32bit system can in a fashion make your OS '36' bit allowing you to utilise more memory anyway.

RAM is only useful to get if you don't have enough. That's it.
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The time it takes for the computer to open a program can depend on how much RAM your computer has. The more RAM you've got, the more memory can you store on it and thereby booting programs faster because it doesn't have to read it off the harddrive
Only if you are storing those programs on a ram disk. With the speed modern computers have ram disks went the way of the dodo. IMHO the reasons for slow opening programs are many. Bad memory management. Too many programs running at one time. Slow cpu. Fragmented drive where the program is scattered out over the drive forcing the os to have to hunt for all the parts. And I could go on and on but I won't.
The savvy guys and gals here know the real reasons and have the where for all to manage the problems.
Oh and adding ram to a 32bit system will not allow you to run 64bit software. The cpu and system architecture are radically different.
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I got a sony vaio with 266mhz ddr. WEI on windows 7 was 2.0 for the ram. I had an old athlon 64 that i used 400mhz ddr on. WEI on windows 7 was like 3.8 or 4.0.


Speed definitely does make a difference.
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Just adding more ram wont necessarily make a Computer run faster.
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I used to cheap out on the RAM when building computers. I generally went for 1333MHz but I have started using 1866MHz RAM and I can see the difference. It really does help.
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I used to cheap out on the RAM when building computers. I generally went for 1333MHz but I have started using 1866MHz RAM and I can see the difference. It really does help.
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Also here is some useful I found at Why doesn't Windows recognize all of my memory? - Crucial Community..
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I have 2gb of RAM, is it possible to just upgrade to 4gb of RAM with the same amount of pins that it needs? And plus, my PC is 4gb but says its only using 2gb. Can that be changed?


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Before we can answer your question we need to know the make/model of your computer (or motherboard if home built). We also need to know what OS you're using and whether it is 32 or 64-bit.

Your post is a little confusing. At first you say that you have 2G of RAM but later say that your PC has 4G but only uses 2G. Is your question about adding more RAM or is it about getting the computer to recognize all the RAM that is already installed?
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Adding more ram in XP will do something useful. By adding more ram you can turn off the pagefile. By not having to access the pagefile to read or write memory overflow, it will speed things up a bit. But as far as I see it that benefit would only be useful if you're running some memory intensive software. Not as a general purpose speed increase.
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I have 2gb of RAM, is it possible to just upgrade to 4gb of RAM with the same amount of pins that it needs? And plus, my PC is 4gb but says its only using 2gb. Can that be changed?

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If you don't know the ram configuration of your PC use this http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx

It will tell you information about your ram and setup of it..
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