will ram speed my pc up

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  1. tomqman
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    my pc is running slow and ive formated it and reinstalled windows and its still slowish. i dont want to spend too much money so if i get more ram will that speed it up i have only 1GB of ram at the mo
     


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    Do you have XP or Vista? Because on XP 1GB of ram should be fine.
     
  3. tomqman
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    win xp and my motherboard can surrport up to 4GB
    would it make my pc run faster thoe if i did have more ram
     
  4. elenar

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    depends on a lot of things. Most importantly: are you running your 1GB of RAM as 2 seperate 512 sticks in dual channel mode? or as 1 stick. Does your motherboard support more than 1G? Does it support dual channel? Is your RAM better than your CPU already? Do you have a really old, slow hard drive? That would make your OS seem sluggish. Lots of things contribute to overall PC slowdown. Just adding RAM might not really change anything. 1G is plenty for running windows XP (which is ubiquitous, so I assume that's what you're running) at a good speed. If you have 1G of RAM and xp is running slow, then either your processor sucks ass, or your hard-drive read speed is so crappy that reading the pagefile is taking too long, or maybe even some other wierd thing. As long as your 1G of RAM is functioning properly or is just something really really old like PC2000 or something, it shouldn't be what's slowing you down.

    Protip: if your computer is running crappy, determine what the weakest link in your computer is, because that's probably what's bottlenecking you.
     
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    What processor do you have?
    Do you run lots of bloatware?

    I don't really know a lot about computer hardware, but I guess more ram could speed it up. But you should post your specs.

    EDIT: What ^ he said.
     
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    well i do run alot of programs on my pc at one time. i know my hdd is good because it boots up fast.
     
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    processor?ram speed? gpu? specs please or specific help isn't possible.
     
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    mother board 775XFire-eSATA2(i know it sucks)
    corsair 2 x 512mb DR2-666 (333 MHz)ram
    Intel Pentium D CPU 2.66GHz, 2.66GHz
    Radeon X1650 XT (PCIe)
    samsung spinpoint 80GB HDD(windows is installed here)
    samsung spinpoint 500GB HDD
     
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    that hard drive you've got your OS on is slower than molasses flowing uphill in january. the 500 one is a good deal faster. The ram is probably not slowing you down, and therefore adding more probably won't help.

    Processor not exactly getting me all hot and bothered either.

    Replacing either one of these is more likely to speed up your system than RAM, i think.
     
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    i want a new processor but i will need a new mother board aswell as my board dont surport the cpu i want
     
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    For XP, the proc is fine, I think the hard drive is at fault here, try defragmenting it first of all before replacing or anything.
     
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    RAM adds MEMORY not speed. You should change your HARD DRIVE.
     
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    thanks i guess i will when i can be bothered
     
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    Depends on what you mean by speed. Having not enough RAM will limit your speed. Most stock computers have very limiting amount of RAM, so adding RAM can greatly increase the speed of which the computer operates at.
     
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    Exactly. I would throw in atleast another GB.

    There is also a program out for XP now which mimics vistas readyboost. This allows you to use a compatible USB flashdrive as ram. Because flash drives have a quicker access time than the HD, this can add some quick and cheap speed to your machine.


    edit: Also, get yourself a registry cleaner. CCleaner is good and free. It will clean up your temp files as well. It's a must have that clears junk off your computer quickly and efficiently.
     
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    Also your harddrive is slow because it's got low RPM, not because it's only 80GB..so don't go out buying a 200GB 3200RPM HDD and think it's supposed to be faster! (Go for 7200RPM, thats somewhat the usual speed)
     
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    well my 500gb is 7200rpm but i cant format to install xp on their as i have about 200gb of data i dont want to loose



    might give this ago any1 got more info
     
  18. fischju

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    Make a new partition on the 500GB hard drive and install XP on that.
     
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    Was just about to say that, it would probably boot up Xp quite a bit faster.
     
  20. tomqman
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    can i add partition without whipping the current data