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Adding memory questions?

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#1 tom-ky


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Posted 04 December 2016 - 09:45 AM

I have an desktop running Windows 7 that currently has 6gb ram, 2 sticks of2gb with one open slot. Can I just buy one more 2gb stick or do they need to be matched?


Would I see much improvement in performance?  We use Quicken a lot, spreadsheets and web usage.

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#2 Drillingmachine


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Posted 04 December 2016 - 10:01 AM

Generally does not need to be matched and you can add one 2GB stick more. Random problems are always possible.

Unless you are running out of memory, you won't see any improvement outside superfetch.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:29 PM

RAM doesn't increase the computing power. It's CPU that mainly affects the speed (GPU for 3D applications). Think of RAM as a table. More RAM means a bigger table and a bigger table means more space to organise everything. For basic computing tasks, you won't need anything above 4 GB and if you're running a 32 bit Windows then you won't be able to utilize above 4 GB anyway. 

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:49 PM

Open your Resource Meter and switch to the Memory tab.  Keep it open while you work.  Monitor the Hard Faults/sec.  This is when you don't have sufficient RAM and the data is written to the hard drive.  The more frequently this occurs indicates that additional RAM would be an improvement.

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