In part two of our desktop buying guide, we’ll focus on RAM, or random access memory. Some users have difficulty understanding this, so we’ll do our best to make sure it’s easy to grasp and apply to your own purchasing habits. You’ll learn how to make the best decisions regarding how much RAM your device will need.
The amount of RAM in your device, or random access memory, is not the same as the amount of data that a computer can store. RAM is used to temporarily store data so it can be recalled without pulling it from the computer’s storage. Think of it like short-term memory pulled from a human’s brain. You’ll have options for both high-end and low-end RAM, so it’s important that you find the best solution for your needs. Your need for RAM will be based on how much needs to happen at once. The CPU handles instructions and processes the data that the RAM holds, meaning that the more RAM is available, the larger the amount of data that the CPU can store, and the faster the CPU can process it. The two work together to make your computing experience as smooth as possible.
Computers these days have limited options for RAM. There are many brands to choose from, but the important thing to remember is that manufacturers will take care of this aspect for you. It’s only truly important if you are building your own computer. Despite this, it can be complicated. This guide might simplify things a bit, but it will at least help you determine the speed and amount of RAM needed by your device.
Your device might be able to update at a later date, but for the initial implementation, we recommend aiming for no less than 8 GB. Realistically, you should try to find options at around 16 GB, but we realize that it’s not always possible.
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Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.