Take This Step To Speed Up Your Computer (Guest Post)

Adobe keep crashing when you open that large file and you can't handle more than 5 tabs in your browser? 

It might be time to upgrade your computer with more RAM.

Random Access Memory (or RAM) is the go between for your CPU and the data stored on your hard-drive. When you access a file or a program the data is loaded into your computer's RAM; this acts as a rapid-fire storage space in which the program code or file can be quickly accessed and processed by the CPU. When there is not enough of this wonderful super fast storage you will encounter what is commonly called a big fat NOPE, often in the form of the dreaded aforementioned program crash (or even worse, a total system freeze.)

Not a miracle fix.

Now, despite what your co-worker has said, RAM will not always make your computer faster just like it did when they upgraded their Windows XP machine back in 2001. There are many factors involved in the effective "speed" or responsiveness of a computer. The point of plunking more RAM into your computer is to remove the bottleneck of simply not having enough memory to do what you need to do. If you are doing nothing more than web browsing and word processing, 4GB of the stuff may indeed be enough. However, if you plan on doing absolutely anything else, 8GB is the minimum. Numbers only scale up from there, again, depending on what you are doing. However, anywhere between 8 GB and 16 GB is a safe bet for the majority of users. 

Ok, so upgrade time. "I WANT TO STUFF 389GB OF THE FASTEST RAM INTO MY 12-YEAR-OLD LAPTOP AND I'LL BE RUNNING LIKE 5,000 TABS IN CHROME!!!" Whoa whoa whoa, hold on there a minute McUpgrade, there's a bit more to it than that! First of all you need to determine how many slots for RAM your computer has. Then what kind it takes, which is not as simple as it sounds. You need to know the voltages and speeds the RAM can operate at, and how to install it! Don't get discouraged! There are many great tools online where you can quickly determine all of these things. One of my favorite tools is from memory manufacturer Crucial. Go there, simply enter your system information or download the scanner tool and it will spit out the exact information you need to determine what RAM you will need to purchase. You don't have to buy from them, just simply take note of the RAM specs it gives you and go shopping on Amazon or Newegg.com. Crucial's search tools help narrow down your options.

Always buy from a reputable brand name as well as most of them offer a lifetime, no questions asked replacement policy. Brands I recommend would be Corsair, G.Skill, Crucial, Mushkin, ADATA, Patriot, and Kingston. 

Once you do your research everything is pretty simple. You can find anything on Google and there are a lot of people out there who probably have the know-how to help you out. 

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