What RAM Do I Need?



What RAM do I have? What size of RAM do I need? Do I need more RAM?  Clear your doubts about the most commonly asked questions concerning your computer memory.




what RAM do I need?


Most people are concerned as to what size and type of memory their computers require for optimum performance. It is rather a good sign that you care for your PC, and particularly about the memory, which plays a magnificent role in deciding the performance of any computer. The more alert you are to your RAM needs the better service it is going to render you. Here is a short FAQs section to resolve some of the most common doubts about the memory needs of your computer. Hope, it will help you answer your prime question, “What RAM do I need?” For understanding the basics of the primary memory, please refer this post, What is RAM?
  

The Following questions are dealt here with:

Where is RAM located on my computer?
How do I recognize RAM? 
What size of RAM do I have?
What size of RAM do I need?
What RAM do I need for video/photo editing?
What RAM do I need for my server?
What type of RAM do I need?
Do I need more RAM?
 

Where is RAM located on my computer?

Generally, RAM is located next to processor on the motherboard of the computer. Most of the times it is placed on the upper right corner of the main board in sockets.  In laptops, however, you can find it around the bottom in the form of sticks implanted with the help of screws.


How do I recognize RAM?

You need not worry much to find RAM as it is easily identifiable. It looks like a board itself with number of pins ranging from 100 to 240 depending on the type of RAM.  It is placed in slots with two or more sockets to leave room for memory expansion. You will usually find empty slots next to the RAM that came with your computer, so that you can easily install more RAM if the need arises.


What size of RAM do I have?

To find out what size of RAM you have on your computer, just right click on the computer icon on the desktop and select properties. Under the heading system, you will have your RAM size and processor type listed. Even if you just click open the computer, on the bottom you may find the size of RAM installed in your computer. Another way is to find out what RAM you have is through the control panel. Just open the system icon on the control panel and you will find the required information listed there.


What size of RAM do I need?

Generally, the modern computers require 1GB or more RAM for an optimum speed. However, 32 bit operating systems have a limit of 4GB, so you cannot have more than that. If you really need more than that you need to install 64 bit operating system. A RAM of 2GB is recommended for general purposes on windows 7 or higher edition. If you are using games or video-editing, you may require more.


What RAM do I need for video/photo editing?

Photo-editing software requires 3GB or more of RAM to properly operate. As such, you can have 4GB RAM as an average. If you are planning to use video or audio editing softwares, you may need 6-8 GB or more of RAM on your PC. You can use VRAM for video adapters or 3D accelerators; Alternatively, SGRAM which is cheaper can also do for you.


What RAM do I need for my server?

The memory needs of server depend directly upon the number of users and the amount of database used. You can fluently run windows server 2003 with as little as 1GB RAM. The recommended size of RAM on windows server 2008 is 2GB with limitation of 4GB that you can have at most. This is the least you can have. The enterprise and datacenter editions can have upto 2TB of RAM.  Your needs may multiply several times if you are running a large database.


What type of RAM do I need?

The type of RAM that your computer uses is the one you should actually opt for. This information can easily be found on the user manual that your company provided when you bought your PC. If you have lost your booklet, you can find the specifications printed on the sicker which can be found on the RAM of your computer. You can even enter your product specifications and find the related information on the manufacturer’s site or just by googling it. Before installing any RAM, make sure it is compatible with your system needs.


Do I need more RAM?

You need to add more RAM to your computer, if it is older and underperforming. To check out how your computer is performing, you can open the resource monitor and get the real time statistics on how much RAM your computer is using at an instant. To get a perfect idea, you can run multiple programs that you usually use and see the results. You can even open the windows experience index and see what is causing your PC to perform badly.