I am looking to upgrade the RAM on my PC. It is only a year old, with a Dual Core 2 with 1.86Ghz and 1GB RAM with Windows XP.
I am looking to speed it up slightly, so am thinking upgrading the RAM would be the easiest and cheapest way to do so but have never "messed" about with the insides of a computer so could do with some pointers please!
The RAM I currently have is 2 X Swissbit 512MB PC24200U-44 and think I have figured out that a suitable RAM would be a OCZ / 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz which seems to be reasonably priced. However, as I know very little, would somebody be able to confirm if it is any good or if I should be looking for something else. I don't really know what to look out for and standard web advice confuses me slightly so would like the advice from someone plain speaking please!
Thanks very much, any help will be very much appreciated!
Thanks for that, I've done it but was just wondering what to look for in terms of spec, i.e. how important is stuff like the "800Mhz", is a difference of a couple of hundred Mhz worth the extra cash etc?
And if I did go higher than 3GB, what would happen? Does that mean I should go for a 2GB and a 1GB card, and will the difference in sizes slow it down at all?
For normal, everyday running, it's unlikely that upgrading XP above 1GB will make a noticeable difference.
It may make a difference with some intensive games - and/or video processing and similar very intensive and memory hungry taks.
But depending on what you are using the system for, it's possible that other upgrades or tweaks may be better. For example faster graphics card, a less resource hungry AV program, reducing the number of background programs running, and so on.