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Adding more RAM?


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#1 plumbarius

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:22 PM

I would like to know if I can simply purchase more RAM to make my programs open faster on my older Dell computer.
I am not a gamer, just would like programs like Word, Excel and various file folders to open quickly.
If its a RAM issue, a little guidance on what to purchase would be appreciated.

I installed Speccy as suggested in another posting...I hope this is of use.

Thanks!


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#2 Sunharrow

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:25 PM

I recently updated the RAM in a Pentium 4 system that was running the same OS with 512 megs of RAM. I installed 2 gigs and the people did notice load times reduced.

However, before proceeding, could you link us to your system model? I would like to look at the online manual if possible?

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:44 PM

Opening files and folders is a hard drive speed issue not a RAM issue. Adding more RAM will make Word open faster the second time you open it since it will still be in the system memory and not on the hard drive. However the file itself will still have to be loaded from the hard drive every time so no help there. In order to get any decent boost at all IMO you would need to replace botht the hard drive and the system memory. Maximum memory for your PC is 2 GB of PC2700 which would definitely improve performance. 500 GB IDE hard drives are still readily available and they would be much faster than your current drive. Both together will run you somewhere in the range of $190 US.

My best advice would be to not upgrade your current computer. If you are capable you could build a new PC in your existing case reusing only the optical drive for right around $300 US. Even if you buy a manufacturered PC like a Dell again without a monitor you are looking at about $600 US give or take. Either way the new system will make your current one look like slug in winter.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:15 AM

If you plan to upgrade these are the things to upgrade: You can get 2 of these for the ram upgrade. A 500GB hard drive like this should do.

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