Computer RAM

How Do You Know if Your Computer Needs More RAM?

RAM (Random Access Memory) is what measures the amount of data your computer can process at any given time. When you have too little RAM, your computer may not perform as you would like it to. You may struggle with running to many applications at once and having your computer keep up and be able to handle it all. HOWEVER, not all speed and processing issues are always due to lack of RAM. It is important to be sure the issue is properly diagnosed. Contact Proformance PC, your local computer repair shop servicing Racine and Kenosha County for remote or in house computer repair help.

Some tips to determine if you need more RAM:

  1. Eliminate other common issues or causes that you may be mistaking as lack of RAM. Perform a virus and/or malware scan and check your hard drive space. It is important to make sure you have at least 10% capacity available on your hard drive.
  2. Watch for the tell tale signs of not enough RAM. The most common issue is typically slow running applications or unresponsive applications. Another common issue is broken or distorted display of your applications. Sometimes you may even get notifications or on screen messages prompting that you have insufficient memory.
  3. Keep a log of your issues over the course of a few days. Note what applications you are trying to use and the specific issues with each. If the issue is with the amount of RAM you have, it will likely effect more than one application and not be with just one or sporadic.
  4. Keep an eye on how much RAM your computer is actually using regularly. Start up a few applications that you would typically run all at once. Once running, check your “task manager” (click on the start button, type task manager, and open). Watch the amount of “Physical Memory” you are using while operating within the apps you have open. If you are brinking on the full 100% memory, adding more RAM to your PC would help.

The amount of RAM you would benefit from will depend on your operating system. Check in your “System and Security” details by clicking the start button and finding them. Then click on “System”. This is where you will find if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit. If you are operating with a 32-bit system, we would not recommend exceeding more than 4GB of RAM as it will not benefit you. Proformance PC can help you to decide the best course of action and make sure you have adequate RAM for your needs.

Contact Proformance PC for in house or remote computer repair and diagnostic services today.