In Part 1, we discussed some essential elements to consider when buying your next computer. Knowing a little about CPUs and their capability and speed is a good beginning.

Next, knowing some basics of memory capacity and how it works will also help you become a more informed buyer.

What is RAM?

Computer memory capability is defined by the term “RAM,” also known as random access memory. RAM does not determine the system’s capacity to store data over the long term. However, it does represent the computer’s all-important temporary memory capacity necessary to make calculations, handle data, and perform the functions you need in a reasonable time.

Computers come with varyings degrees of RAM capability. Too little memory can disrupt your mission, while too much may be a costly waste. You should first define your entire process and estimate how much activity is likely to occur, particularly if multiple users will be accessing simultaneously. If this still leaves you unsure, contact a reliable IT specialist to recommend what you may need.

The CPU receives instructions, then works with the data stored in RAM. How long the CPU takes to deliver the output depends mainly on the accessibility of the information you have stored. With a higher RAM capability, the CPU processes more data in less time.

Deciding How Much RAM You will Need

Today, computers for personal or business use are typically offered with RAM capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and even more. In most instances, 4GB is considered very minimal, sufficient to operate Windows 10 and simple personal operations. However, you should note that the average user uses at least 5GB each time they start their computer, so a higher level of RAM is strongly advised for most users and businesses.

For technical or extensive applications like video editing, photoshop, or sophisticated gaming, 16GB is usually suggested as a minimum. Many users even choose to “future-proof” themselves with 32GB RAM.

To stay abreast of their anticipated growth trajectories, small business owners often elect to take an aggressive approach to RAM capacity to accommodate projected expansion.  In many instances, relying on the advice of a reputable IT company partner is an excellent strategy before making these investments.

Can Additional RAM Be Added Later?

Memory upgrades are possible as long as your existing computer is compatible. Specific tests can be performed to determine if your computer’s motherboard can support the upgrade.

A competent computer support specialist can help you understand the potential for future memory expansion with your new equipment. However, you may find that investing in the extra capacity at the outset is the best choice.

In general, for small businesses, a computer with at least 16GB RAM capability is a safe starting point.

CEG Group Napa

For over three decades, the professionals at CEG in Napa have provided expert computer support and repair for residents and businesses in the East and North Bay areas.

As one of the leading IT companies, CEG has amassed a multi-talented, customer-focused staff of individuals experienced in all phases of IT, business support, and project management. Trained and knowledgable of the complete range of computer hardware and accessories, CEG can perform all the support capability of a large company’s IT Department.

CEG is also an expert resource to advise individuals and companies about computer and accessory purchases, ongoing maintenance, network engineering, and implementing your growth strategies.

To learn more about CEG’s Computer Support, visit the CEG office in Napa at 135 Gasser Drive, Suite C, Napa, CA.

Or, phone for a consultation at +1-833-234-9701. (+1-833-CEG-9701)