In the first episode we described some of the reasons why you need a Solid State Drive (SSD). In this episode we talk about memory. How much do you need and why.
Episode 1: Computer Buying Guide: Why you need an SSD
Memory is one of the main components of a computer. When running programs, opening files, watching videos or have multiple tabs open in your browser; you are consuming memory. Therefore, all else being equal, the more memory you have the more programs you can run and the faster your computer can switch between multiple running programs. The effects of low memory are very pronounced. It’s the reason why your computer slows down the more you do on it.
The average computer or laptop found in stores these days comes with about 4 Gigabytes (GB) of memory or Random Access Memory (RAM). Whilst 4GB of RAM was great about 6 years ago, modern operating systems are a lot more resource hungry. This means a large portion of RAM is already being consumed by the operating system (OS). The minimal amount of memory left is used to run your programs (such as an email or accounting application). The more you open, the more RAM is used and the slower your computer becomes.
If you want a computer to perform without any hitches or slow down, you will want to purchase a computer with more RAM (additional to an SSD). For office or school use, we recommend a minimum of 8GB of RAM. This will provide enough memory to run your OS and have plenty left over for other programs.
More ram gives your computer the capability of running more programs without slowing down. Coupled with an SDD you’re well on your way to buying a computer that wont frustrate you with slow speeds and will last you longer then a year before needing an upgrade.
In the final episode we talk about the brain of you computer; the Central Processing Unit (CPU). Which brands you should avoid, and which specifications you should take notice of.
Next Episode: What processor should i buy?