Does RAM Speed Up Your PC?

Who wouldn’t want a super fast PC which responds quicker than the proverbial ‘Blink of an eye’? Most computer users do. The most common and well known solution would be to add more RAM to the computer. Random Access Memory is involved in all the actions you want to perform on your computer and therefore increasing its capacity is one of the ways of quickening up your computer.

How does that happen?

Well, for starters, the computer uses a portion of RAM based on the type of program that is supposed to be executed. Computer operating systems use a program called the Virtual Memory Manager (VMM) and any action performed by the computer triggers the processor of the computer which consumes a certain amount of memory on the RAM.
RAM usage depends on the amount of programs running on the computer. A number of simultaneous programs running on the computer would mean that the memory consumed is more than what would have been in case of a single program running on the computer. If the programs running on the computer need more memory than what is available by the way of RAM, the computer is bound to slow down considerably.

In such cases, there is no option left other than having to increase the amount of RAM available. The increase has to be in proportion with the current amount of RAM available to the computer which can be found out by ‘Right Clicking’ on the ‘My Computer’ icon and then selecting properties on the next window.

To find out the current usage of RAM, you will need to press ‘control+alt+delete’ to go to Task Manager and then select the ‘processes’ tab which will indicate the amount of RAM needed by each of the programs currently executing on the computer. A summation of all of these individual programs will display the total RAM needed by the computer. By comparing the available and the supply of memory, you can easily figure out the amount of RAM you would need.

The drop in hardware costs has meant that RAM is available at a considerably cheaper price when compared to investing on a brand new unite. In the process, you can also consider de-clogging your hard disk by buying an external hard disk drive. By saving files that you don't often use in the external drive, you can have more space on your hard disk which results in a comparatively faster PC.

Another option to reduce the clutter on your hard disk would be to uninstall some programs that you don’t use and also try to clear your internet cache and other files such as temporary offline files.

However if you’re unable to upgrade your RAM, then you can employ techniques such as opening only the necessary programs and stopping unused programs. This will reduce your RAM usage will be minimal and leave with a faster PC.