Does adding more RAM to the computer makes it faster??
January 31, 2007 6:15am CST
Random Access Memory comes in the main memory of a computer. When a computer executes a program, it stores all the instructions needed to execute the program in it. More larger programs would need more RAM. Incase the system has less RAM than required by the program for execution, the computer stores the instructions on the hard disk assuming as if it were stored in the main memory (RAM). This is called Virtual memory. So, I just wanted to know, do I need to add more RAM to make my computer fast of simply increasing the virtual memory will do the job for me??
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31 Jan 07
Good question, adding ram does not make your computer faster. Only your cpu determines the speed at which the processor runs. However, you may have a really fast cpu and your computer could be moving like a slug, so in that case you need more ram. Basically, if you are going to be using alot of applications all the time at once, like having 10 browsers open with some kind of music player like winamp, and using editing software like dreamweaver or flash, then get more ram, otherwise if you're just playin on mylot then you don't need it. Answer, Ram helps your computer out by being able to hold all the data that you currently have efficiently, if you're going to be using alot of programs and especially using them togethor, then more ram is needed, if not, then no.
2 Feb 07
its true that increasing ram would increase the speed of your computer,see actually speed means how fast a computer boot up ,for that ram is required,for gaming also ram is required,if you are using simultaneous programs like maya and flash together at a same instant then you require more than one gb of ram ,so ram is actually to make the software or program to run faster so in that respect you are right ram makes the computer faster.But the fact is the scanning time of computer called the clock speed should be high ,say about 2.4ghz makes the operations smoother and faster,large programs require a platform to store the data and also to run,for that a ram is used to store,in the pool of memory and a scanning time that is clock speed which runs the program from initial line to final line makes the program execution faster.so if you want to run an Internet explore7 its actually a software in java i suppose,and for fast loading the program should be run at a fast time and should have good memory too,So ram plus clock speed makes the computer good,if you are a gaming giant add a video card which act like an isolator too. Virtual memory is actually for gaming purpose,each drive has its own space alloted for virtual memory,i think its 180 to 300 and to play games it should be above 200 otherwise the game won't run properly,if you set it too high the system would crash and a blue screen will appear, Hope its clear.
1 Feb 07
Increasing Virtual memory to compensate for RAM is not a permanent solution and u have a cost to pay...The more extensive paging has to be done on the Hard Disk....the more is the chance of low life for the the Hard Disk.... Further the hard disk is slower and so virtual RAM is slower... If u have the money....Its better to go for a RAM upgrade....after all it is RAM that decides your system performance....
1 Feb 07
Increasing RAM will have an effect if u run too many programs at a time or too big ones. Otherwise go for upgrading the processor. The max virtual mem required can be the size of ur RAM, if u allot too much virtual memory it wont make a difference.anything above the size of RAM in virtual memory is useless.
1 Feb 07
unless you use programs like photoshop,3D max,maya 6.0 or any other that uses more memory or if you play games like far cry,FEAR and other games then you donot require more RAM but if you use the above programs then i think its a better option to go for a larger RAM
1 Feb 07
I think increasing your virtual memory will help solve the problem but the speed of your PC will definitely improve if you increase your RAM. The CPU does not have to fetch information regularly from the hard drive if you have a large capacity RAM since it is in the RAM where instructions are save. So thi will improve performance for your PC.