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To Upgrade Or Not Upgrade

Jul 20, 2008
There are many types of available computer memory on the market today. It can be confusing to wade through them all when considering an upgrade for your computer. So, before you take the upgrade plunge, consider some of the following information. Then, based upon your own discovery of your usage patterns and the cost of compatible memory for your particular computer as well as the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading, you can make an informed decision.

New and improved is not always the angle you should consider first. Instead, evaluate if the new improvements to the specific type of computer memory you intend to purchase are ones that you need and can utilize. There is no shame in passing on advertisements that don't offer you any true benefits if you have no use for the memory upgrade to which the advertisement is attached.

If you are considering the memory upgrade on the hopes that it will fix a poorly running computer, please consider having your computer serviced and the root problem with performance repaired prior to upgrading your memory. There is no evidence that upgrading computer memory will solve a performance problem if that problem is not related to a lack of memory. In fact, adding memory when the problem is in the core processor will only increase your difficulties and can possibly add to the poor performance of your computer. It is always best to consider the true nature of a computer problem before trying a do it yourself approach. It is also easier on the pocketbook to correctly assess any problems you may have with your computer. Taking it into a store that services computers for a checkup may be the first step you should take if you are thinking of upgrading memory to ensure that inadequate memory is really the reason for a slow running computer.

As with any type of upgrade, if you find that the advantages to upgrading your computer's memory are in your best interest, then take the time to back up your files before you begin. There is a chance that data could be lost even if the only thing you are adding is computer memory. The few minutes this takes may be the only safeguard you have if something should go wrong.

Consider also that most memory is added via removing the CPU hood and installing "cards". This does require that you know something about the inside of a computer. If you are unsure about operating the configurations of wires and other foreign looking occupants beneath the casing of your CPU, consider having the memory installed by a professional. The cost of gaining the security of having someone who knows the ins and outs of computers and installing memory can save you money in the long run as the experience they bring to the table can help your memory upgrade go smoothly.

Hiring a professional computer technician is also the wisest choice if you look at the types of memory from which to choose and scratch your head in confusion. Since there is more than one type of RAM and each type has specific properties that perform specific functions, you need a basic understanding of them and what your computer is able to handle in terms of compatibility.

As with any decision and purchase, weigh your options and then make your decision. Whether you hire a professional technician or attempt a do it yourself method, the time you spent researching the decision is ultimately the best thing for you and your computer.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for computer memory, PC supplies, and computer games. When shopping, we recommend the best online stores for PC supplies, computer accessories, computer memory upgrades, and used computer games.
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