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You can never have too much money, or RAM
by flrhcarr - 3/9/12 11:57 PM
In Reply to: RAM Upgrade?????? by gobob2
but will it help?
Yes. depends on what you're doing & what you're looking for. Doubling the amount will help. Don't buy RAM above what your board can handle, that is new RAM in an old RAM slot. It's not going to work & you'll fry something.
You said you're not a gamer, but RAM hungry things are: Pictures, DTP, Videos, & Multi-tasking. I found a greater improvement in doubling the RAM in both of my XP towers. Seeing that you have a very common three slot configuration, look at your owner's manual to be sure you don't need to install a certain way. Otherwise, just remove the first stick (the one in the number 1 slot that is), slide the new one in (the bigger one) & move everything over.
Be sure to turn the power off, unplug the unit (remover the monitor too), push the power button on to discharge the electricity, touch the metal case & R&R.
Keep in mind that you aren't going to have a memory usage of 22% by doubling it (Windows always wants more), but you'll increase the amount available. You won't be able to go "Weird Science", but you'll notice that you can do more. Always make sure to clear your RAM when you're tackling a big project. Reboot, use Task Manager to see what you may want to toggle off for the moment (check here on CNET to find that out).
Good luck & have fun.
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