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Why is RAM important?




So why is RAM so important on a computer? Well RAM (random access memory)  is the space your computer uses to do all it’s work in. The more ram the more tasks your computer can juggle at once.

I’ve heard this analogy used before and it makes sense to me. Think of a desk. Imagine that the drawers on your desk are your hard drive (they hold all your work), and that the top of your desk is the amount of RAM that your computer has. The larger the desk, the more papers you can have out and be working on at one time. In this analogy you would be the CPU or processor, you crunch and move the papers around, and read them, and put them back. Does that make sense? Hope so.

That’s really all there is to it, not to complicated after all is it?

So do you need more RAM? Well that depends on what you are planning to do.

If you are a 60 year old grandmother and just want to check your email to see if you got an email from the Grand kids then no, you most likely don’t need any more ram than you already have.

If on the other hand you are a gamer and want the newest games to work without buffering every 10 seconds, the answer is most likely going to be yes. Your needs are above and beyond what most base systems are set up to do.

If you want to get RAM cheap, you can do it yourself, after you do it once you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. Here is a little video tutorial we found online that can guide you trough the steps.

5 thoughts on “Why is RAM important?

  1. Well.. imagine that overclocking may be used with ram, but i’ve only heard it used with the processor.

    I had a wiz of a computer teacher, he looked like Einstein. Pretty cool guy. He told us how he had visited an intel chip manufacturing facility and he got the low down from them. When processor chips are made they are made in large sheets, and baked. The end result is a large black square that is then cut into smaller processor chips. The ones on the outside of the sheet are not as good as the ones on the inside, and those would end up being the celeron chips. the ones on the inside of the sheet would be the pentium 4 chips.

    The only difference between the 2 were that the ones in the center could be clocked higher and therefore work at a higher level without burning out. The numbers set by the chip manufacturers are estimates or ranges. they have estimated that the chip can perform safely at a certain level. These estimates are always conservative, if they were not then some of the chips they sold would burn out and then no one would buy their products because they didn’t last.

    So all that being said it is not recommended, but possible to overclock your processor in the bios. Do so at your own risk as it may burn up your chip, but most likely a small tweak will do no harm.

    I hope that helps

  2. Wow. Very interesting. I’ve never heard about the “cookie sheet chips”.
    I wonder if they number them in a way, one might be able to tell if you get an innie or an outtie. lol.