How to boost memory

Level of difficulty: Easy

The computer memory is an essential component that determines the performance and multitasking abilities of a computer. The so-called ‘speed’ of computer, its stability and dependability is directly dependent on the computer memory, and hence, a higher available memory automatically means faster outputs and more stable performance. The central memory cores of a computer are two slabs of memory modules called RAM (Random Access Memory) that is physically inserted into the motherboard sockets. Depending on the motherboard make and the operating system used, available memory could be augmented by physically adding more memory modules, or replacing the RAM with one of a higher space. In the following lines, we would see how one could easily increase one’s available memory in a computer without professional help.

Materials Needed:
- Memory modules
- a personal computer
Step 1
An increase in memory means a greater availability of paging files. Hence, one must first determine if he/she needs all that increase in memory, or what purpose. For a regular/casual user, a slight increase in memory is sufficient, and so they are advised to go for adding another memory module. For gamers, technicians and performance-oriented professionals, though, replacing the memory module with one of a higher value might be needed. To boost memory, the first thing that one needs to do is check how much memory is present in the machine. For this, the step is My Computer> (right click)>Properties tab. The amount of existing memory would be displayed in the Computer tab.
Step 2
Next, one must determine how much memory one needs. To work with larger programs or to multitask on a larger level, one must need to have more memory installed. The user is also advised to check the maximum capacity of his/her motherboard, as motherboards have maximum specifications for installed memory (limited by number of slots).
Step 3
Next, one must check the speed of the existing memory modules (measured in MHz). This is done to synchronize the new memory modules to the older ones, to optimize performance. Memory modules with disparate readings are often instrumental in actually degrading the computer’s performance, instead of boosting it. Also, one need to check if the modules installed (and the motherboard support) is DDR2 or DDR3. DDR3 modules are the newest generation modules, with obviously faster performance.
Step 4
Lastly, one must check for memory support from the particular OS that one is using. For example, the Windows XP 32-bit version only supports computer memory up to 4GB. Any increase beyond that would be redundant and is not even utilized by the system. After deciding all of these, the user could go to a computer showroom or shop online for different brands of memory modules available.