Memory Upgrades For Your Computer

Most people never really realize the components that go into making their computer work. They simply turn the machine on and let it do the work it was designed to do. It is only when the machine is not performing well that people begin to question how the machine actually works. Your PC memory or Apple memory is an essential part of how your computer performs. If you want increased speed and the ability to have several programs running, then you will need to know about Pc memory as this is one of the most cost effective computer upgrades.

The memory is expressed in terms of DIMM and SIMM. A DIMM module stands for Dual In Line Memory Module and a SIMM is a Single. The memory is used by the Central Processing Unit, or CPU, and is how the computer processes information and how it stores the information. The faster it can access information in the cache or storage memory, the faster your unit will run.

The DIMM is used for a RAM, or a Random Access Memory upgrade. Desktop computers and notebooks need this RAM and is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase your memory. But you will need to know a few things before you can do the upgrade. First, a SIMM uses a 32 bit data path, whereas a DIMM uses a 64 bit data path. Initially, the DIMM is still the faster unit to have running.

If you are looking to replace the DIMM, then you need to know what you are currently using. You will have to add up your memory capacity by counting groups of chips. Chips are measured in bits so you will have to do a little math. The convert bits into bytes, the formula is the number of bits divided by 8 bytes. The resulting number is the amount of mega bytes that you are currently using.

There are a few ways you can increase the speed of your computer. You know the acronyms so now you need to know the process of upgrading. You can add and stack mother boards and stack memory module chips to minimize the amount of space but increase the memory. You can find these chips and boards at a discount computer hardware store or you can take the computer into a computer repair store and let them perform the upgrades for a reasonable fee if you feel that you cannot do the upgrades yourself.

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