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RAM? Help?

Hello community,

I have a Samsung Notebook NP300E5C (Windows Cool that contains an i3-3110M CPU and 4GB RAM. Curious as to whether I should upgrade to 8GB RAM or not, I opened my Task Manager and noted that I only ever use 2-2.5GB, leaving 1-1.7 GB RAM available at all times. This is during the most demanding work I do on my computer (Music streaming, multiple Google Docs tabs open, an additional tab or two browsing the web). Considering the fact that I don't ever technically use all of the 4GB of RAM, is it pointless for me to upgrade to 8GB? Would that actually make my computer any faster during operation? Logic is telling me no, however I am relatively new to the computer world and I don't 100% understand how RAM operates.

Also, if upgrading my RAM turns out unreasonable, what would be my best bet to improve my computer's speeds?

Thank you so much in advance.

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Let's check Crucial.com

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You don't need more RAM it seems

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You'd do better to get a solid state hard drive instead. (SSD)

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Free stuff

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Spend a little time looking at the unneeded stuff loading into the ram and running.
It's not only your stuff but also things that msft loads by default or enables by default which might not be of value to you.
Everything takes something from the machine so you work at making it skinny.

I don't have a clue about how the windows ram manager functions
Where does it trigger and send stuff to the page file?
What does it keep in the ram?
What does it toss out?
Beats me......I'm not going into that black hole.

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