RAM is a fundamental part of any contemporary device such as the computer. It is responsible for a unique function that enables our personal computer to store dynamic data. When you open a computer program like Paint the executable file loads all the information into RAM in which it will remain temporarily until the program is closed. Additionally, this allows the usage of dynamic-link libraries, which are essentially libraries of functions that programs can share simultaneously without having to reload them into memory again.

RAM is a rectangular green chip that connects to your motherboard. They are available in various capacity limitations like 500MB or 1GB. Depending on your motherboard, you might have some additional RAM slots vacant. These slots can be utilized to upgrade your computer by adding extra memory. If every one of the slots is taken then you can simply get rid of the old RAM and replace it with a more powerful one.

Unlike what many might think, adding more RAM will not necessarily speed up your computer. Bear in mind, RAM is responsible for many programs you can run simultaneously. If you are not going over the limit then you don’t have a RAM problem. Often times, if you start loading your RAM up you will find that your computer starts to slow down. It’s not the RAM which causes it -. Of the information in your memory gets processed by the CPU and if your chip can’t handle that, then upgrading RAM will not fix the issue – you will need to upgrade your CPU.

Often times, when the RAM use surpasses or approaches the limitation the computer, will store some of the information on the hard disk and swap it in and out whenever needed. This can put a damper on your computer performance as your hard drive is a lot slower than RAM.

In today’s fast-paced technological world any computer equipment older than two years can be considered outdated. If you are using a computer older than 3 years you should consider upgrading your RAM. It is the cheapest and fastest way to improve your personal computer without having to purchase a brand new one.

There are many websites where you can buy personal computer RAM online or you could stop by a local computer hardware store and pick up the most recent version from there. Generally, the cost variations in RAM depending on a few factors. RAM capacity can range anywhere from 256MB to 8GB per slot. Additionally, the RAM rate (how fast it loads/reloads data) can also have an effect on performance and it ranges anywhere from 266Mhz to 2400Mhz. The typical RAM stick will be 1066 to 1333Mhz DDR2 or DDR3 card.

Compatibility is important as not all of RAM cards will fit your motherboard. Not only that, but motherboards are limited to how much RAM it can support so make sure you find out the limit before buying computer memory.

Computer RAM price will range depending on the capacity, speed, and of course, brand. My current computer utilizes 2 x 4GB Kingston memory cards which are more than enough for any amount of personal computer usage.