Help Me Choose: Memory

Random access memory (RAM) — commonly known as system memory — is the temporary storehouse for the data flowing to and from your computer’s central processing unit (CPU). The most common forms of random access memory today, digital RAM (DRAM) and static RAM (SRAM), require continual power to maintain their data.
All else being equal, a system with more memory can:
  • Deliver faster performance
  • Handle more open files at once
  • Open larger files
  • Work with more open applications at once

The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want ...Choose ... 
Extreme performance for large files and multitasking with the ability to run simultaneous demanding applications (required 64-bit operating system)6GB* or 8GB* memory
Mainstream performance with the ability to run simultaneous intensive business applications4GB* memory
Acceptable performance for multitasking and office productivity applications2GB* memory