Before you upgrade your memory look at your swap space or virtual memory. right click on My Computer / System properties/ Advanced / Performance / settings. This is how much space on the disk (usually C) you have allowed for big memory applications or multi-tasking when you launch a bunch of programs to have for swapping and saving information. If you've filled up the C drive and that space has decreased or has never been increased it might be why you've gotten sluggish.
Then I would say look to other sources for that older memory, it'll probably be cheaper elsewhere including used off e-bay and will answer your question.
Memory is the best performance enchancer most of the time. Past that some of these $399 systems being offered now sure perform better than older systems, with smaller amounts of memory but faster bus speeds, CPU's and graphics.
Hi, I have a 4 year old Dell Dimension 4550 PC desktop. The PC came with 256mg RAM, and I added 512mg RAM to it 3 years ago. I don't want to toss this PC, but it's running a tad sluggish.
Would increasing the current 768mg RAM to 1gb RAM (max it can take=1gb RAM) would make an appreciable difference? The cost would be about $75 (if I bought through Dell).
$ is not the issue, but I also don't want to waste my time if consensus says "the PC is too old for the additional RAM to make a difference." I use the PC for web-browsing, email, MS Office, and the kids sometimes play not-so-intense web-based games.
thanks. - walkman