The Importance of RAM in Your Computer Configuration
Anyone who has purchased a new laptop or desktop computer is probably familiar with the term RAM, or random access memory. While it’s a critical part of your machine, however, not everyone understands how RAM affects your computer and what impact it can have on performance to decide whether you need more. We’ll discuss RAM and what a good amount is for a new computer, as well as some considerations if you want to upgrade your current computer.
The physical memory on your computer device (desktop or laptop) is called random access memory, and this component of your machine is separate from the permanent storage on a hard disk drive (HDD). This memory is designed to retrieve information from a temporary storage space while you’re working on a file so you don’t have to wait as long for the computer to retrieve that from the permanent storage.
You could think of it like a home office—when you need to actively work on something you pull it out of your filing cabinet and spread it out on your desk. During the time you’re actively using it, it remains on your desk where it’s easily accessible, so you don’t have to keep reaching into the filing drawer. But once you’re done, you can put it back in the filing drawer where it will be safely stored until the next time you want to use it.
RAM is measured in gigabytes (GB), and in general, the more RAM you have, the bigger your “virtual desk” space will be to allow you to work. Having more RAM means you can spread out more documents from various programs and files, and your computer can still quickly and easily retrieve the information. A more powerful RAM (in terms of more gigabytes) means your computer can more quickly retrieve information.
Adding more RAM to your computer is a pretty easy process. If you know from the start that you need more, you can simply work with one of our experienced tech geeks at PC Laptops to get more put into your new computer build. After the fact, our team can also help you get more RAM. There may be some limitations on the high end of what your computer can handle, depending on whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system (OS). Adding more RAM when your OS won’t support it is just a waste of time and effort.
The average computer user probably needs between 4 to 6 GB of RAM. That can handle tasks like browsing the web, working in MS Office programs, and sending emails. For someone interested in gaming or who uses more multimedia-intensive programs like the Adobe Creative Suite, consider upgrading to 8 GB or more.
Talk to our team at PC Laptops to help you decide how much RAM you need today.