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Increase your system's performance by adding more memory

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 21 Dec, 2010 11:58:14

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Adding memory is the first thing you need if you want to increase your system performance without changing your processor. Adding a memory is not that expensive though it still depends on the memory that is compatible with your system. Older motherboards support older memory also and it might already be faced out. In this case, you might want to check for 2nd hand items or check the surplus shops for availability. Adding a memory won’t boost your computer speed dramatically but it will surely increase your system’s performance.

Adding memory can make your programs run faster and can also make your computer more responsive than before. It also lessens slowdowns or hangs due to higher memory. Below are some tips on what to do before adding a memory.

Check your motherboard for available slots – Always check your motherboard first if a slot is available for upgrade. If all slots are in use, try removing the lower memory so that you can replace it with a higher one.

Check the compatible memory for your motherboard – Check your motherboard for memory compatibility. If what type of memory does it support, how big can it handle, or up to what speed it is compatible with it. Never ever add a memory that is not supported by your motherboard, it may run at first but can cause your system to be unstable in the longer run.

Check the maximum memory supported by your operating system – Before deciding on upgrading your memory, check the maximum memory that is supported by your OS. If you are using a 32 bit version windows OS, it might be safe to tell that it can support up to 3gb or 4gb memory. If you want to upgrade your memory into something higher that 4gb, it is advisable that you use the 64 bit version to maximize your memory though 64 bit versions has some compatibility issues with some programs.

If you have already decided in upgrading your memory, installing it is simple, just make sure that you’ll be inserting it correctly. Push the memory at both ends and make sure that you’ll be hearing a snap that indicates that the memory is properly inserted and locked. Make sure to check it before turning your computer on to avoid problems.

The said tips are the steps in upgrading your memory. Make sure to turn off your system first and remove the power cord for added assurance. Your power may be off but without removing the power cord, electricity can still flow and can cause slight electric shocks. Ground yourself first also before touching anything inside the system.


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