Three Factors When Choosing Memory for Computer


If you multitask in any way, more random access memory is going to help you. Unfortunately, RAM slots are finite, so you must choose wisely. There are several factors that will play into your choice of RAM.

Maximum RAM

  • Since your motherboard memory slots are few (usually between two and six slots), you will need to plan out the life of your RAM in your computer. Not only is space a requirement, but the number of RAM gigabytes is as well. If your motherboard allows for 16 GB, then a 1-GB purchase would be a waste of space. Planning carefully allows you the best usage of your RAM for the least amount of money.

RAM Type

  • Generic RAM often will cost much less than the name-brand equivalent. Sometimes, this savings is worth it, and sometimes it is not. Sometimes the performance of generic RAM is substandard to that of a name brand. If the company you are buying from offers generic RAM, make sure you read reviews from other customers who have purchased the same item. If the other customers are happy, then more than likely you will be, too.

Memory Vendors

  • Make sure that the company from which you buy has a good return policy. Choose a company that will guarantee memory for a minimum of a year. There are many companies that will guarantee memory for life. This is obviously the best bet. Finally, be careful of buying used RAM on eBay or other sites because there is no recourse once the stick goes bad.

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