Isn’t it frustrating when your computer runs at a turtle’s pace while executing heavy applications? Or when the blue screen appears every so often? And the PC starts to lag way more than it should?
Does it happen every day?
The low-RAM-problem (as I call this periodic disease) is faced by everyone. Some prefer to change the whole system, others go for a cheaper solution to buy RAM Memory for Computer.
How to Determine if Your Computer RAM is low?
Think of RAM (Random Access Memory) as the short-term memory of a computer. A simple rule I use to determine when to buy a RAM module is to examine the heaviest application that I run. If I am going to run GTA V game (the heaviest in my collection at the moment), it is 8GB in size.
Because 8GB RAM will allow the whole game to be copied on it when I execute the application. This increases speed as the system will not pause to find parts of the game on the hard disk. It will speed away like a serviced car on a highway. If my Computer RAM is 4GB, the game will lag now and then. The experience will be extremely frustrating and that is the only reason to buy RAM modules.
So if your computer lags, experiences slow-downs and needs a disk-cleanup every day, that means it is tremendously slow.
Check Performance of RAM through Task Manager
On Windows, there is a simple and easy way to check whether RAM is the problem. Just press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously to open task manager utility.
Hop over to the PERFORMANCE window and press MEMORY tab. As is shown below.
You can see I have 8GB of RAM installed and 4.5 GB is in use, which means the computer is not slow. It means I can run a few more applications along with the current set effortlessly.
Note: If the memory graph of your system is touching the roof then it is high-time to get it changed.
You can determine which software is using the most space on the hard drive by opening the PROCESS tab in the Task Manager.
In this image, Google Chrome is taking the most space on the hard drive. But as the PC is only using 42% memory, so I don’t need to replace the RAM module. If your system is using 100% memory and the program using the most memory is lagging, then it will be an indicator for a RAM change.
64Bit or 32Bit System: How these affect the RAM?
A majority of the PC users now use 64-bit operating systems. The Windows 8 & 10 OS are available for 64-bit architecture. Even most Linux distributions are 64-bit – but Linux users already know the difference. This differentiation is not found in the Mac OS.
A few people may still have the 32-bit OS installed in their computers and this paragraph is especially for them.
How can a 64-bit or a 32-bit system affect RAM choice?
A 32-bit system has a maximum memory limit of 4096MB or 4GB. Thus, a system having more RAM will not be able to work at its fullest. In short, extra RAM will be futile.
On the other hand, a 64-bit OS will not only handle more RAM but also carry out more tasks than a typical 32-bit system.
How to Know Your System is 32-bit or 64-bit? (Windows)
Below written instructions help you find out if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit.
- First press Windows key on the keyboard
- Now go to MY COMPUTER
- Right click anywhere on the computer’s window and select PROPERTIES
A new window will pop-up named “System”. Check the configuration and other basic information of your computer on this tab.
Image shows the information of my computer. Yours might have a different configuration.
What Type of RAM is in your System? How to find Compatible RAM?
Now that you have determined the RAM is the problem, replace it once and for all. To change the RAM module, turn off the system. Open CPU lid/cap. Take out the RAM.
Use the details to order a new one online. Else, search the model number on Custom PC Configurator designed by Memory4less.com and find the right RAM Memory Module.
Difference Between SoDIMM and DIMM (Summary)
Make sure you don’t order a SoDIMM (Small Outline DIMM) desktop accidentally. Users often get confused between SoDIMM and DIMM (Dual in-line Memory Module) when buying memory components. Better be careful than sorry.
DIMM is for Desktop PCs. The above image is a Desktop SDRAM module. You can upgrade Desktop RAM here.
Upgrade Computer System Memory through PC Configurator Tool
PC System Configurator gives you the extra liberty while buying RAM. Sifting through RAM modules is easier because all are appearing on a single page. And most of all, these all are compatible with the model selected.
With the help of Memory4Less Configurator you can find the compatible RAM for Computer System by using these steps:
- First note down the series and model number of your system.
- Go to Memory4less System Configurator page
- Select Brand>Category>Series>Model
- On the Model selection page, choose the size of the RAM upgrade
- Add it to CTO
- Or, click on ‘Quick View’ and select Add to Cart
- Shop away.
- You are done.
Build Configure-to-Order System Online
Configure-to-Order Systems, also called (CTO), are barebones that allow relatively better customization options than a retail PC. They are also extremely cheap.
Interested in building a Custom PC using System Configurator? Build it here.
Search Compatible Computer RAM Upgrade options from Manufacturers:
- Crucial Memory Finder
- Kingston System-Specific Memory
- Corsair Memory Finder
- SanDisk Product Compatibility Tool
- Skill RAM Configurator
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