If you are frustrated with the lack of responsiveness of your computer, the memory (RAM) is surely at fault. Let’s see if a memory upgrade will fix your computer’s sluggishness and finally give you the speed you demand!
Signs that your computer needs more RAM
When you find that your computer is too slow, freezes, or shuts down: “Should I add more memory to my computer?” Must be the first question you ask yourself. Unfortunately, it’s only when a problem recurs that users start looking if they have a more serious problem with their hardware. Usually, it’s just a matter of finding a quick fix or restarting the computer to finish emailing or surfing the Internet. The problem is then carried over to the next time you use your computer.
But if you see the hourglass icon all the time and your screen freezes, it’s probably time to add memory to your computer.
How do I know right away if I need more memory?
It is not easy to diagnose a lack of RAM. So here are some simple, but useful indicators that will tell you if your computer needs a memory upgrade.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you may need to add more RAM to your computer:
Daily tasks are laborious due to poor performance
Programs regularly stop working
Your computer is consistently late when typing text
There is a wait time between when you click or select an icon
Navigating between several programs is almost impossible
Working on a spreadsheet slows down your computer
You receive notifications from the system that your memory is low
System updates prevent you from working because your computer is too slow
You have display issues, such as pages that load only halfway or not at all, or have white areas where data should be
You try to open applications or documents and the system stops responding
How does more memory help you?
Almost all of the operations you perform on a computer rely on sufficient memory, whether it’s moving your mouse cursor, which consumes little RAM or navigating between several open applications, which requires a large amount of memory. Your computer is also running processes that run in the background all the time, such as system updates and security software, which can use up a lot of your computer’s RAM. In short, the more things you do on your computer, the more gigabytes (GB) of RAM you need. And you will surely need to add more memory in the future.
Find out how memory works in your computer.
Find out how much memory is installed in your system
Computer manufacturers generally do not outfit their systems with the maximum memory capacity to keep prices as low as possible. For example, if a desktop computer can accommodate 32 GB of memory, it will usually be sold with 4 or 8 GB. Here is another reason why a memory upgrade fixes the problem: It is almost always possible to improve memory. performance. Now let’s see how much memory your system has:
If you have a PC, here is the procedure for Windows ® 10:
Click on the Windows logo or the Start button on the taskbar
Right click on Computer
If you have a Mac ®, here is the procedure for OS X ® Sierra
Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock
Click on Other
Click on System Information
See the “Installed Memory” section for the amount of RAM installed.
How to upgrade your memory
Adding more memory is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to improve your system’s performance. This is an upgrade that offers instant results, as it fixes the issues listed above at the root level. Use the Crucial System Scanner below to find out how much your system currently has, its maximum capacity, and to view a list of memory upgrades compatible with your computer.
How do I know if I will need more RAM in the future?
The minimum system requirements for each application keep changing, but it is possible to equip your computer with enough memory to avoid having to upgrade it every time you install a new program. Maximizing the installed RAM will normally suffice until you change computers, so it is in your best interest to add more memory to your system.
Here are some reasons why it is desirable to upgrade your computer’s memory:
Updating your operating system
Because your computer’s operating system uses hardware resources such as RAM to function properly, it has a big impact on the overall performance of your machine. Usually, a new version of an operating system requires more memory than its predecessor. Adding memory when you upgrade your operating system ensures a smooth transition, prevents potential problems and helps optimize your system’s performance.
Install new software and hardware components
Newer software typically requires more memory than its predecessors, especially productivity applications, such as image and video editing software, and games. In addition, new components, such as graphics cards, storage media and even the processor, require enough memory to deliver the advertised level of performance.
To ensure that your system has enough memory, check the minimum requirements for each component and add enough RAM to your system to keep it running optimally.
Buy a new computer
This is especially true with entry-level computers that have minimal memory. However, before paying more for a computer with more RAM, check for upgrades to that system with Crucial Advisor ™ or System Scanner tools. You might find affordable upgrades that will save you money while greatly improving performance.
Adding more memory to your computer will give you the resources you need to run multiple applications smoothly at the same time. Stop waiting for your computer to respond and install more RAM now!