Help Me Choose: Memory

Random access memory (RAM) is the workhorse behind the performance of your system. RAM temporarily stores information from your operating system, applications and data in current use. This gives your processor easy access to the critical information that make your programs run. The amount of RAM you have and the memory architecture of your system helps determine how many programs can be executed at one time, how much data can be readily available to a program and helps determine how quickly your applications perform and how many applications you can easily toggle between at one time
Before you decide how much memory to add to your new computer, first consider how you plan to use your computer. If you’ll primarily be sending email and browsing the internet, then a basic memory configuration will work. But if you’ll be playing games, working with multimedia or performing other intensive tasks, you should consider adding more memory.

Your computer memory is otherwise known as RAM, which stands for random access memory. RAM serves as the temporary storehouse for the flow of data. It remembers what programs, applications and documents you use most frequently so it can access these as quickly as possible. Without sufficient RAM, a computer’s operation can slow down considerably as the computer starts using hard drive space to handle the data flow.

A system with more memory can:
  • Load web pages faster
  • Handle more open files at once
  • Open large files quickly
  • Have more programs open at once
  • Operate more efficiently overall
Use this chart to help determine how much memory you may need. Keep in mind that certain computer models, as well as different operating system (OS) versions, limit the amount of RAM you can add.

If you primarily use your computer for:Consider this much memory:
Acceptable performance with office productivity applications & basic apps - ( Reading websites, searching the internet, sending email, social networking, streaming music or videos from the internet, playing simple PC games, viewing photos, using CDs or DVDs, word processing, building spreadsheets and other office tasks.)8GB*
Working with large databases, complex photo editing and high-definition (HD) video editing can be supported.12GB*
Adequate performance with large files and mainstream apps, Working with large databases, complex photo editing and high‐definition (HD) video editing can be supported. high end PC gaming and graphics design)16GB*
 Good performance for multi-tasking with relatively large files & demanding apps 32GB
 Great performance for large files & multitasking with high-end CAD, animation, analysis software and other demanding apps 64GB


What is a DIMM?
A DIMM — or dual in-line memory module — is a series of random access memory chips mounted on a small circuit board. DIMMs are installed in sockets on your computer's motherboard.

What does DDR4 SDRAM mean?
DDR4SDRAM stands for “double data rate type four synchronous dynamic random access memory.” Using DDR4SDRAM helps you switch between applications, open documents and complete daily tasks faster.

Why would I need triple-channel memory?
A powerful processor only allows applications to run as fast as the computer’s memory capacity allows. If memory can’t keep up with the processor, then the processor ends up with nothing to process. With multichannel memory, each available memory channel duplicates the overall amount of available memory bandwidth. This allows the memory load to be evenly distributed between available channels, which in turn means higher processing speed. Triple-channel memory is the latest advance in multichannel memory, and as the graphics and processing demands of games and business applications continue to increase, triple-channel memory will be a vital component in a top-notch computing experience.

What does "2133MHz" mean?
The speed of the memory you purchase or add to your computer is measured in megahertz. Most computers have either 1600 MHz to 2133MHz memory capacity, which is very efficient in handling modern computer applications. By upgrading your memory speed, you will also be preparing your computer to handle future memory-intensive games.