What is RAM?

In my last post, I mentioned keeping up with technology and discussed the importance of RAM. I was since asked the question by several people … What is RAM?

My apologies; please let me explain;

RAM or Random Access Memory is the “storage space” that your computer uses to read
and write data which is then in turn accessed by the CPU (central processing unit). Therefore if you increase the RAM in your computer, ultimately giving it a larger short-term memory, you will reduce the number of times your CPU must read data from your hard disk. This in turn would assist your computer in allowing it to run considerably faster.

Take a moment to think about this example:  If you “knew the answer” (Had MORE RAM) and someone else needed to “research the answer” (HAD LESS RAM) who do you think would be faster giving you the answer?

If you want to be able to open multiple programs on your computer and be able to switch
back and forth between them often, and you find that they are “slow” chances are that you need more RAM.

Here’s the good news … RAM is cheap! It is one of the easiest and least expensive things that you can do with your computer in order to improve its operation. The unfortunate part is that some computers can only accept a certain amount of RAM. They can only upgrade to a certain point due to other constraints.

(I guess it’s like trying to move your furniture from a 3 bedroom house to an apartment. Unfortunately, some things just won’t fit.)

So what do I recommend? When you actually buy a new computer “buy the fastest one that has the most RAM”! You will extend the amount of time that you can use it before upgrading to a new one without losing quality.