How Much RAM Should Be Installed in Your Windows Computer?

14 responses

  1. ankush bansal
    February 20, 2014

    great article about RAM but sir i have a confusion what is the difference between RAM(Random access memory) and ROM(Read only memory)?

  2. Cathy
    May 15, 2013

    Very good read.

    Just a bit unclear on when you say “if you like to load many applications at one time, then having more memory installed will greatly improve the performance”

    Given the limitations of a 32-bit OS, if one is to install 6gb ram lets say, then how will having an extra 2gb ram improve performance if the OS can only access 4gb? Won’t that extra 2gb become redundant/irrelevant?

  3. Umar Rashid
    October 20, 2012

    From the beginning of computers era, Ram is the most important topic. Thanks for sharing great information.

  4. shenoyjoseph
    June 16, 2012

    i always stick with windows 7 32 bit it uses less ram up to 3GB. if you added more than that there will be no use.

    • Paul Salmon
      June 18, 2012

      Windows 7 32-bit can use up to 4 GB of RAM, but nothing else. It is a limit Microsoft imposes on their 32-bit operating systems.

  5. Juan
    June 12, 2012

    for me, 4GB Ram is more than enough

    • Paul Salmon
      June 13, 2012

      For many people, 4 GB is more than enough. I like more as I like to edit photos, so the extra RAM comes in handy.

  6. Anton Koekemoer
    June 11, 2012

    Yes – Even though it refers to physical RAM installed on your motherboard – one can always opt to use DRAM as well. Which can increase the amount of RAM your PC can have installed. Though there are certain benefits when using DRAM it’s not a replacement for Physical RAM – This should only be used as a last resort. Unless you have good Technical knowledge and know exactly why you want to install DRAM.

  7. Carolyn
    June 7, 2012

    Hi Paul? I would upgrade the memory of my laptop in a heartbeat, but I’m looking forward to getting a new laptop when Windows 8 is released. Upgrading memory is very easy and cheap, but I’ll tough it out until then.

    This explanation is very useful though, for those who need a speedier machine. I’ve never seen this explained befor, so this is quite useful!

  8. Samual
    June 7, 2012

    With resource hungry new applications coming everyday, 4 GB seems to be less for X86.

    • Paul Salmon
      June 7, 2012

      It does seem to be less, but unfortunately, it is the limit. With 64-bit systems now the norm for new computers, it will be only a matter of time before all applications are 64-bit and the memory limit is raised to 192 GB for home desktops, and more for future operating systems.

  9. Sarah
    June 7, 2012

    It usually depends on the users how they want to use the computer. According to operating system i used, minimum 4GB RAM is necessary.

  10. Aasma
    June 7, 2012

    I agreed, that’s why whenever you go to buy any PC… one common question is asked all the time “what’s the purpose of your system purchase”?

    • Paul Salmon
      June 7, 2012

      Exactly. Determining the tasks that you will be performing on a new computer is important to determine the components that will make up the computer.

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