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|Random Access Memory (RAM)|
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The size of RAM is measured in Megabytes (MB) or in Gigabytes (GB). One GB is a 1000 Megabytes. Typical RAM come in sizes of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, ...etc.
If you are within a tight-budget or planning to use your computer for basic-use, then a 512MB RAM may be enough unless you are pretty sure you want to perform lots of Memory requiring tasks (for example, imaging, movie, games and the like). However, bear in mind the computer and software technology is changing fast, and now it is common to find computers with 1 - 4 GB RAM size. By adding a small amount of money, you can buy a computer with 1 - 2 GB RAM size, that guarantees future technology changes, and it would be enough for home and personal use.
Please note, the higher the RAM size the faster your computer will perform tasks. Therefore, if you can afford it, it would be good buying a computer with a higher RAM size, but again, watch your budget! Moreover, operating systems such as Windows VISTA and many others, are now coming with more features, hence may require a minimum of 1GB RAM in order to run properly. Therefore, the higher the RAM, the better will always be, to invest for the future.
RAM size can be upgraded easily, by adding or changing the bigger RAM sizes, so you can start with 1GB RAM then at later stage if the need arises, you can expand it. If you want to follow this action, please make sure the computer you are buying has a space for upgrading (you will find this information from the specifications list).
You could go either for AGP slot or PCI slot type of
I would recommend a computer with 1 - 2 GB RAM size that also has future expansion or upgrading possibilities in its specifications. This saves you budget in the meantime, while at the same time ensures keeping with fast-changing technologies.
Generally, AGP cards are long and could take-up more space, so make sure your and other cards installed on your motherboard could accommodate it.
If you plan to upgrade your computer RAM (Memory), please make sure you buy similar model to that installed in your computer. The best practice is to take a note of the spec or model of the RAM installed, and look for similar model from the Internet or computer shops.
Updated: 18 Dec 2011Read more articles
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