RAM - Random Access Memory :: A Brief Guide
Most everyone has heard the term RAM when shopping for a new PC but very few people know exactly what it is, what it does and how it affects the performance of your computer. RAM is one of the most crucial components in your computer's build and it's a good thing to understand how it works what type and how much you need.
What is RAM?
RAM is a type of storage medium that allows files to be temporarily written and recalled at short notice. Additional data storage medium, like hard drives, are much slower due to their physical design limitations. RAM allows programs to store temporary data for use while your computer is powered-on and recall it quickly. Once your PC is turned off, the electric charge holding the data on the RAM dissipates and the RAM is cleared for your next PC use session.
How much RAM do I need?
All of our computers are assembled with at least 16GB of RAM memory pre-installed. We consider 8GB the bare minimum for most of today's programs, especially when using multi monitors (the more open programs you have open on several monitors, the more RAM your system needs to operate smoothly). We highly recommend upgrading to 32GB (or more) if your system is going to be deployed in a highly stressful data-flow environment, such as video production or heavy stock trading. Usually, the saying, "more RAM is better", holds true and we recommend installing as much as your budget will allow if you're planning to do heavy workflow with your PC.
How fast should my RAM be?
When you're shopping for RAM, you will see markings such as "2133MHz" and "3000MHz" next to the capacity of the RAM (16GB, 32GB, etc.). This indicates the operating frequency of the RAM. The higher the operating frequency, the faster the RAM will perform. For most applications having more RAM is better than having a higher operating frequency (speed) RAM. However, if your budget allows for it - having larger capacity RAM modules with the fastest available operating frequency will return the best performance.
In closing, for the most return on your investment, in terms of increased system operation, always consider upgrading your RAM and CPU first before any other component.