One of the easiest and most effective ways to increase your computer’s performance is to upgrade your Random Access Memory.
Unless you are a buying a high specification PC most ready made shop bought PC’s are manufactured with just enough computer ram memory installed in them to make them go in order to keep costs down.
You can see this by finding out the minimum system hardware requirements of an operating system and then comparing with how much computer RAM memory is installed in your PC. For example, the minimum RAM hardware requirements for Windows 10 operating system is one gigabyte of RAM for a 32-bit operating system or two gigabytes of RAM for a 64-bit operating system.
The above example is an absolute minimum requirement to make Windows 10 work, but if you are after any kind of performance you will have to have at least double or quadruple that amount to prevent your system from running slow or freezing.
A good rule of thumb is to install half the maximum amount of ram that can be installed on your motherboard, for example, if your motherboard can handle 16 GB of ram then you should install 8 GB of RAM leaving you enough for a future upgrade.
Eight GB of RAM should be plenty for Windows 10 so you should be OK if your machine has this amount of ram installed but if you find that your PC is running slow and is subject to freezing then a quick check in the performance monitor will let you know how your RAM is performing.
To do this you need to look at the resource monitor memory tab and you will see how your machines computer RAM memory is performing.
In the screenshot on the left you can see how the RAM on my machine is performing, I have 16384mb or 16gb of RAM installed and the olive green area is showing how much is in use when this screenshot was taken, you can see that 4411mb or just over 4gb is in use, and if I had only 4gb of RAM installed then I would be in a little bit of bother as my machine would be using the maximum amount of computer ram memory that is available and would be subject to running very slow and freezing, but as you can see in the blue area have I have plenty of computer ram memory in standby that is available should I need it.
Upgrading The Ram Memory.
If I was to upgrade my computer RAM memory from 16gb to the maximum amount of computer RAM memory on my motherboard (32gb is the maximum that I can have) it would not have any effect on the performance of my machine as it would still be using 4411mb of RAM, I would just have much more in reserve so an upgrade here would be a waste of money.
Find out how your computer RAM memory is performing in Windows 10 by opening the resource monitor from all apps and then click on Windows Administrative tools and scrolling down to the resource monitor, alternatively the resource monitor can be opened from the performance tab within the task manager.
You can also check your installed computer RAM memory and find out what options are available to you by going to http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/memory-info and using the system scanner.
Have you upgraded your computer RAM memory? If so perhaps you would like to leave a comment about your experience and how the upgrade affected your PC.