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Desktop Memory – How Much Works For a Computer?

Desktop Memory - How Much Works For a Computer?

Maybe you have an old personal computer, or want to upgrade your current PC to give it more RAM. Maybe you’ve never learned what RAM means (“random access memory” – in this case the actual name for the desktop memory that you want to put in your PC).

Most personal computers, if they are completed prior to being purchased, already contain a certain amount of RAM. While nowadays, that number is usually around 2-4GB for new machines, it has trended upward to reach that point, as even as recently as less than 15 years ago, it was only several MB on average. GB is gigabyte, and MB is megabyte; each GB is roughly 1000 MB.

So, if your new computer comes with 2GB of memory, do you need to upgrade to a larger amount? If you’re a fairly new computer user and are mainly surfing the Internet and checking email, writing documents, viewing your family and friends’ photos and videos, and tasks like these, then 2GB should be plenty for you. On the other hand, if you are multi-tasking through many applications at once, or running programs that require more memory, such as video editing, then you may find that your RAM is running short and additional desktop memory might be useful.

Please consider that in 32-bit operating systems can only use up to approximately 4GB of memory. This includes those such as Windows, Macintosh, Ubuntu, or any others that say 32-bit. However, many operating systems are now offering 64-bit options, so if you want to upgrade past the 4GB level, look for the version that says 64-bit, instead.