Will add more RAM make PC run faster?

March 13, 2010 at 12:41:18
Specs: winxp, 2.6p4/3.5gig ram
im not sure what to check or any test to run, but i was under the impression that when i upgraded my ram to 3.5gig my computer would be pretty dang fast moving through apps and functions that i asked it to do. its ok, but i just feel it should be faster..here are my particulars..
Property Value
Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
Product Name Dimension 4600
Serial Number 1NXQK31
Infrared (IR) Supported No
DMI System UUID 44454C4C-4E001058-8051B1C0-4F4B3331
UUID 4C4C4544-004E-5810-8051-B1C04F4B3331

Disk Space Disk C: 57 GB Available, 74 GB Total, 57 GB Free
Disk F: 227 GB Available, 244 GB Total, 227 GB Free
Disk G: 203 GB Available, 221 GB Total, 203 GB Free
Disk H: 74 GB Available, 111 GB Total, 74 GB Free

Physical Memory 3327 MB Total, 2688 MB Free
Memory Load 19%

Virtual Memory 9824 MB Total, 9211 MB Free

PageFile Name C:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 3326 MB
In use 76 MB
Max used 182 MB

PageFile Name H:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 3326 MB
In use 78 MB
Max used 185 MB
Registry Size 5 MB (current), 119 MB (maximum)

Profile GUID {78c651c0-bdca-11de-9f82-806d6172696f}

The system clock interval 15 ms

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March 13, 2010 at 12:54:18
My opinion is that adding may not make things faster, but more
RAM is available for the running programs.
One thing with adding RAM is that the Speed of the new RAM should be the same as the current RAM board. RAM runs at the speed of the slowest RAM.

You can do Start, then RUN, then type
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
The Process Library
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
AND do this stuff ---
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

How to Defragment Your Disk Drive Volumes in Windows XP

ALSO ---
HOWTO: Set Performance Options in Windows XP
How To Move the Paging File in Windows XP

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March 13, 2010 at 13:15:40
There is a common misconception that more RAM automatically makes your box run faster. More RAM only helps if you don't have enough to run your normal workload. If you don't have enough RAM, the system is forced to use the Pagefile. This means paging memory to and from the hard drive. That is what slows the system down.

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March 13, 2010 at 20:39:30
Ya aegis1 is right, plus 3.5gb of ram may not be recognized by 32bit os.

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March 13, 2010 at 21:59:09
What would make your pc run faster is upgrading your processor.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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March 14, 2010 at 09:14:37
2.6ghz to 3.0ghz p4, i don't think he will notice any difference.

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