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Computer or Laptop Ram Upgrade

What is RAM and should you upgrade your computer’s RAM?

If you’ve been experiencing a slow, laggy computer lately, there’s a chance you need to upgrade your PC’s RAM. This article will discuss what RAM is, why it’s important for your computer’s performance, and whether you should upgrade your computer’s RAM.


What is RAM and what does it do?

RAM stands for “random access memory” and it is one of the primary components in determining your PC’s performance. Your computer uses RAM to temporarily store and access data. The information your computer is currently using gets stored in RAM for easy access. A RAM is made of memory chips that your computer can quickly write to.

Any computer software a system runs makes use of RAM, and that makes it very important to your computer system. Complex programs such as design software or game applications use a lot of RAM, and if you do not have sufficient memory, your PC will likely experience performance issues.


What are signs that my computer needs more RAM?

There are a few tell-tale signs that a PC’s lack of performance is due to insufficient RAM. The list is as follows:

  • Your PC’s performance is poor when performing everyday tasks.
  • Frequently unresponsive programs.
  • Slow typing/constantly waiting for your computer to catch up when you type.
  • Delayed response to clicks or selections on icons.
  • Multitasking with more than one program is very difficult.
  • Your system slows when working with spreadsheets.
  • You get system notifications concerning low memory
  • System updates slow performance because your PC is so slow.
  • Display issues such as pages partially loading when they’re pulled up or pages that don’t load at all.


How will adding RAM to my computer improve my PC’s performance?

From moving your mouse cursor to multitasking among multiple applications, almost everything you do on a computer relies on sufficient memory. Background programs like system updates and security software can use most of your computer’s RAM. As time goes on, you will likely need to add memory to your computer, because the more things you do on your computer, the more gigabytes (GB) of RAM you’ll need.

Adding more RAM to your computer will do more to speed up your computer than any other upgrade, bar adding a solid-state drive.

How much RAM do I need?

The amount of RAM you need depends on the activities you use your computer for. If you only do basic tasks like browsing the web or word processing, then you should be fine with 8GB.

If you’re a gamer and primarily use your computer for gaming, you want at least 16GB of RAM. If you do more complicated tasks such as video editing or music production, then you might even consider getting 32GB of RAM, though you might be able to get away with 16GB too.

Additionally, each device be it a desktop or laptop has a specific number of RAM slots as well as a maximum amount of RAM that can be installed.

To find out the maximum RAM amount for your device, you will have to visit your device manufacturer’s website. For most manufacturers, this information can be found on their support page. Simply insert your device’s model number or serial number and you will get access to the specific device support page.

Alternatively, you can use 3rd party tools that can scan your system and advise you of the amount of RAM currently installed as well as the maximum RAM limit.

How to upgrade RAM


How much RAM do I currently have?

If you have Windows 10, checking RAM is a simple task.

  1. Open SettingsHow much RAM do I currently have
  2. select System
    How much RAM do I currently have
  3. then scroll down and click on AboutHow much RAM do I currently have
  4. Look for the Device Specifications section. The line named “Installed RAM” will show you how much RAM your computer has.

How much RAM do I currently have

Compare the amount of RAM you currently have to the amount that we recommended you have depending on the activities you do on your PC. Then consider your PC’s performance. If you do not have enough RAM for the activities you do on your PC and your computer’s performance has been poor or sub-par you may want to consider upgrading your RAM.

How do I add more RAM to my PC?

Many laptops have sealed bottoms or memories that are soldered to the motherboard and can not be removed. For this reason, generally, adding RAM on a desktop is a lot easier than adding RAM on a laptop.

To upgrade your memory, you’ll need to buy a new RAM stick or two. The RAM sticks you install must be the same as the ones you currently have. Consult the manufacturer of your PC to determine which sticks to order.


Before you buy new RAM sticks, you must ensure that they are compatible with your computer’s system. This is also something you can determine through contacting your PC’s manufacturer.

When should I upgrade my memory?

Below are a few opportune times to update your computer’s RAM:

  • When updating your operating system (OS): Your computer’s operating system uses hardware such as RAM to operate efficiently. Therefore, the OS has a significant impact on your computer’s overall performance. A newer OS demands more memory than its predecessor. Adding more memory when you update your operating system will allow for a smoother transition while also optimizing the performance of your computer.
  • When installing new software and other hardware: New software often requires more RAM than its precursor, specifically applications such as video/photo editing software and games. Likewise, new hardware like storage, video cards, and even the processor need sufficient memory to perform efficiently.


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