Computer speed is determined by several different factors. Generally speaking, the speed in which a computer functions is based on the following factors: Motherboard speed, Ram or Memory speed and the speed of the Secondary Processor Memory. The previous three factors are the fundamental determiners of overall system speed. When dealing with a slow computer system, the most cost effective and time saving method to remedy the lack of performance, would be to increase the amount of memory.
However, before adding more memory to an old computer system, compatibility issues must be addressed. Memory compatibility needs to be determined prior to installation. Motherboard speed and existing memory speed must be compatible with the new memory installed; otherwise, any enhancement of system speed will be negligible at best.
When addressing questions of system speed, motherboard speed must be as fast as or faster than the speed of the memory module to be installed. Additionally, if the memory module to be installed is to augment existing memory; the clock speeds of both must be the same. If the two memory modules do not have the same speeds, the system speed will default to the slower of the two. The previous holds true for older computer systems, as newer systems with secondary processor memory are able to utilize varying speeds and thus, render the difference irrelevant.
Once all RAM compatibility issues have been addressed, installation is a rather straight forward process. Please refer to your system's manual for instructions on how to open the computer case.
- Once the computer case has been opened, locating the memory slots should be easy. There should be between 2 to 4 slots on the motherboard for the memory modules.
- If the slow computer system is to receive only a memory augmentation, then simply locate an empty slot and install accordingly. Note: Look to previously installed memory modules to see in which direction they should face. Improper installation may result in boot time failure.
- If the system is to receive all new memory modules, removal of the existing memory is necessary. Most motherboards have one of two ways of fastening memory modules: Slip and click or latching. If the system uses a slip and click method, care must be taken not to apply too much pressure while sliding the module into position. If the system uses a latching system, then care should be taken while latching the system memory into place.
In conclusion, system speed can be greatly enhanced by upgrading the memory modules. The process of upgrading is fairly easy and straightforward. If you have a slow computer, then installing RAM that is compatible and faster is the best solution. However, first and foremost, compatibility of memory and motherboard speed is fundamental to increasing overall system performance.