Mar 15

How much Memory Do I Need ?

How Much Memory Do I NeedHow much memory do I need ? is a really difficult question to answer as it is different for most users. If you simply use your computer for Internet browsing and checking emails then you will need much less memory than someone who edits video or works with images or uses lots of applications simultaneously. If you use Windows XP you will probably need less memory than if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Memory or RAM as it is known, which stands for “random access memory” is a very fast memory in your computer or laptop which acts as storage to run everything you are running at any given time on your system. If you are running Internet explorer and at the same time editing images, all of that information is working in your RAM. When you open a lot of items your Ram will become full and your computer will become very slow as the information which would normally be run within the RAM will have to be stored on your computers hard drive which is far slower than your RAM. This means that everything will seem very slow. If your computer slows down this way you will probably need more RAM. As soon as your RAM memory is increased to cope with the applications you are running your system will run much more quickly. The amount of memory you need does depend on which operating system you are running. When talking about ram these days we usually work in gigabytes. If you have less than this on most modern computers from Windows XP onwards you may suffer the problems we have just covered. You may have an XP computer with 500 megabytes but if you open more than just a basic application you are bound to find things slowing down.

How Much Memory Do I Need For Windows XP

Ideally you will need 1 gigabyte of RAM to have a good system performance using one or two applications such as Internet explorer but if you have a number of windows open at the same time you may still find your computer slowing down. 2 gigabytes will run quite well on XP but if you run a lot of intensive applications you will probably need 3 to 4 or as much as you can afford. Generally most modern systems run better with more memory.

How Much Memory Do I Need For Windows Vista And Windows 7

With the latest operating systems you do need more RAM for even the most basic user. You will need at least 2 gigabytes of memory but I would recommend at least 3. If you are going to open more applications things will slow down with less than 4. You can now buy computers and laptops with 8 gigabytes or more.

How Much Does Memory Cost ?

Most modern computers will now have DDR 2 or DDR 3 memory fitted. 1 gigabyte of DDR 2 can be purchased for about £15 which is a cheap upgrade and will speed up your computer considerably. If you shop around you can get DDR 3 memory for a little less as there is now a good supply as it is the current memory standard.


Ideally you should purchase as much memory as you can afford or within the capability of your system. A memory upgrade is generally the biggest boost to your computers performance that you can make for a relatively small outlay. You could visit our Computer Spares Page to check the cost of memory. Click the link above or use the menu on the left. Once on the spares page use the search box. You could enter DDR2 Or DDR3 if you know which memory you have. If you are not sure we will be happy to check for you.

If you would like to ask advice or need us to visit and check for you please call or contact us on line and we will be happy to offer a fixed price quote for any work required.

1 comment

  1. Soni

    I approved this cmoment because it is fair to hear all the opinions. BUT..it’s not entirely correct. I’ve upgraded CPUs in several Dell PCs. Memory, disk and CD/DVD upgrades are a snap. The CPU/RAM/Hard disks/CD-DVD drives don’t have to be Dell branded. And face it, most folks that would buy a Dell have no need to upgrade a power supply or motherboard.Customer service *can* be troublesome, but is easily overcome if you know what to say.(it’s best to get a local tech to call them for you).

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