My system has been running EXTREMELY slow, even after reformatting the HD. I'm guessing that the memory is the issue and if it is I need all new, up to the max which should be 4gig
If you are waiting an unusually long time to open applications, or to access data on your hard drive (open/save files), then you probably need a RAM upgrade.
If you are running Windows, you can open the task manager (press Ctrl + Alt + Del) and go to the 'performance' tab. This will tell you how much RAM you are using. My recommendation is to run all the programs you usually use on a regular basis (for example, a casual user might open an internet browser with 5 tabs, a word processing application, and a music player, an artist would open and edit a large, uncompressed image, etc). If you are experiencing a low amount of free memory at this point, you should definitely consider buying more RAM. The lastest edition of Windows requires at least 2GB of memory in order to run the x64 version of the operating system. It is typical for a casual user to have at least 3-4GB of RAM in their main computer, and is an absolute necessity for enthusiasts.
Another issue (depending on the age of your computer) could be in what /kind/ of RAM you have. All memory is rated for 'speed', measured in MHz; the faster your memory, the better the performance. 1333MHz is a very typical speed, and should provide plenty of speed. Anything below 1066MHz is most likely an older technology, and therefor delivers slower performance. Depending on your motherboard, you may not be able to upgrade to faster RAM.
There are many, many options when it comes to purchasing RAM, so you should be able to find a price that suits your budget.
Mar 25, 2011 |