RAM Use Extra Memory to Increase Computer Speed
Of all the ways to make your computer faster, the easiest is to add more RAM. A new CPU might require changing the motherboard as well, so that socket types would match. Extra RAM only has to be plugged in. The entire process can be finished in minutes.
Often, the difference is noticed immediately. A computer that boots up sluggishly will load its operating system in a fraction of the time it previously took.
About 1 GB of RAM shows the most improvement for common applications. At this level, you’ll be getting maximum speed from most business programs, and be able to switch from one to the other with almost zero waiting time.
If you want to do video editing, 3-D animation, CAD, heavy duty gaming, and other sophisticated apps, get all the RAM your computer can hold. Video file sizes can be gigantic, so get your computer the memory it needs to handle it all. Plenty of RAM means your hard drive won’t have to work as much, shuttling parts of monster files about.
Perhaps the best thing about RAM is that it’s relatively cheap. Often, $50 or less will buy you a new module, depending on the type of RAM your computer requires. Keep an eye out for rebates, and loss-leader sales that big suppliers make available.