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Memory Upgrading Part Two

Posted by Marc Ziccardi on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:51 AM

Memory Upgrading Continued...

(Part II)

Welcome to Memory Upgrading Part II. This is a follow-up piece to Part I of this series, which appears as the previous post in our blog. We recommend that you read them both for a complete picture of computer memory upgrading.

Potential Reasons for Needing More Memory

In Part I of this series we examined the following reasons for potentially needing a memory upgrade on your computer: You Just Upgraded Your Operating System, You Upgraded Your Business Software, and You're Getting Your Game On. Now, let's take a look at some additional reasons.

You're Adding a Scanner or Printer: You might find that you'll need to increase the computer RAM memory on your PC if you are planning to add new computer peripherals to your system. These components could include things such as a scanner or a printer. Many computer users are not aware of the fact that printers can eat up a significant amount of memory when printing very large files. As digital photography continues to evolve and pixel counts keep increasing, the files that we are working with continue to get larger and larger. It's no longer unusual to be printing extremely high-resolution photographs, which are very large. Additionally, if you are adding a scanner, you will probably be scanning photographs and other types of documents that you may require as a high-resolution document. While scanning an image, the scanner will need to hold information in memory, and if the files you are working with are regularly very large, you will need to make sure you have adequate RAM to get the job done without freezing up your machine.

You're Adding a New Graphics Card: If you are installing a new graphics card in your computer system, you may also need to add additional RAM to your computer. Graphics cards depend heavily on your computer's main RAM, and if there's not sufficient memory available the video card is going to have poor performance. To play it safe, your best bet is to reference the manufacturer's specifications on your new graphics card, and see if you ultimately do need to purchase additional memory.

General Use Upgrade: If you realize that things are just taking too long to complete, or you can actually hear your computer "churning" while it is working on large tasks, this is a sign that it could benefit from more computer memory, and you should upgrade it as soon as possible to improve your computer's general performance.

The Wrap Up: this concludes our series on the many reasons why you may need to upgrade the memory on your computer. Don't forget, if you're confused about what memory is matched for your computer, you can utilize our Memory Configurator to find the best solution for you.

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