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More RAM gonna be better for me?

by ambassadorhawg / February 1, 2011 8:57 AM PST

I am multi-tasker with my desktop. I like to have mutiple tabs open with some or all of them downloading simultaneously. See my computer stats down below and let me know if upgrading from 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM is going to help me do multiple things at a faster speed. Thanks!

Dell Inspiron 570
AMD Athlon II X4 630 (2.8Ghz,8MB)
750GB Serial ATA 2 HD
4GB DDR3, 1066MHZ (2X2GB,DIM,M)

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What OS are you running ?
by VAPCMD / February 1, 2011 9:02 AM PST

You'll need a 64-bit OS to take advantage of more RAM than 4GBs.

What apps do you run concurrently ?

VAPCMD

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Ooops!
by ambassadorhawg / February 1, 2011 9:20 AM PST

I forgot to mention the OS! It's Windows 7, 64 bit.

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Appears OK to...
by Willy / February 2, 2011 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: Ooops!

Your OS supports adding more ram easily. However, you may find that adding too much could hinder the system, but IMHO 8gb should be the sweet spot. Alot still depends on what loaded and/or in backgrd. running mode. At the same you should see some improvement but don't expect any wildly increased improvement just noticeable. Understand if the system hic-ups during some process and you're multi-tasking all those process become at risk, so refrain doing too much especially if intense activity, help yourself by trying to keep it all in check. Of course, you will find what works and doesn't as each system is unique not only h/w wise but the s/w involved.

tada -----Willy Happy

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RAM Upgrade
by oldschool52 / February 1, 2011 11:34 PM PST

I have found that for the most part increasing RAM does increase speed. It is one of the easiest and most of the time most cost effective way to upgrade an existing machine. Other easy ways to increase speed is cleaning up HDD. Get rid of programs and files you don't use, do a defrag and check for any viruses. I have increased many peoples speed on their computers by doing this along with RAM increases. You may also want to check your start-up to see how many programs you open automatically.

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How Do I Get Into "Start Up" Menu in Windows 7?
by ambassadorhawg / February 2, 2011 5:48 AM PST
In reply to: RAM Upgrade

It's a new system with not a whole lot loaded up onto the HDD. But I would like to get into the start up menu to see exactly what is running in the background. Never tried that on Windows 7, how do I get there?

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(NT) Click on 'Start, Run, type in "msconfig" and hit enter
by VAPCMD / February 2, 2011 6:04 AM PST
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