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That depends almost entirely on how much memory the tasks you do on your computer take. If you are running simple or older programs that simply are not memory intensive, additional memory largely cannot help you. But over time operating systems and applications tend to require (and therefore benefit from) increasing amounts of memory, and in most cases it's hard to have too much.

More memory will not increase the speed of the CPU, but it will reduce the time a CPU spends waiting for information from a hard drive. The operating system and applications will be able to load more of their data into ram at once, and the dependence on virtual memory will be reduced. Since RAM provides data to a CPU faster than a hard drive, you will not have to wait as long for programs to execute in most cases. If you want your computer to run faster in nearly all cases, consider upgrading the CPU or overclocking.

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  • What in the world is overclocking. I was wanting to speed up my computer it has only 256 memory I have purchased 4 gigabites they send the wrong thing, so it had to be reordered. Bill

    2009-01-10 12:42:48

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