R.A.M. (Random Access Memory) or simply known as computer memory is a crucial part of your computer. It provides temporary storage for data.

For instance, let’s say you open up Microsoft Media Player. The CPU gets the data it needs to run from RAM much faster than a hard drive. Your computer stores many important files such as drivers and frequently used programs to for random access, hence the name.

The more memory you have, the more smoothly your computer will run.

To get a quick idea, here are some figures. Say you’ve 2GB of RAM or around 2000MB of RAM. System files take up around 100MB and start up programs another 200MB. You are left with 1700MB to use.

Many people ask how much memory they need. Like many things, it all depends on your needs. For web surfing, listening to music and reading emails you only need about 4GB. If you want better performance you could bring that up to 8GB.

For gaming, 3D video editing and other heavy duty programs you’ll need from 8GB to 16GB. Heavy duty programs will have a minimum and a recommended amount. Obviously to run it, you will need the minimum requirement.

To check your systems amount, follow the easy steps below.

1. Click on the Start menu. On the start menu, look at the second column and you will see Control Panel. Click on Control Panel.

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2. Once the Control Panel window opens up, you will see green headings. You will need to click on the first one called System and Security.

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3. Now you will need to click on the third one down called System.

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4. Finally you can see how much memory you have under the blue heading System. Beside RAM or Installed Memory, you will see the amount in Gigabytes.

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Knowing how much RAM you have is an extremely vital piece of information about your system. If you are installing demanding programs such as a video games or video editing software, you will need to check if you have enough. This is best the way to check.

~ Silvia