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Memory is a very important component. Your motherboard needs it, your graphics card needs it, and every computer application from Notepad to Crysis 2 requires memory. But memory is overrated. Furthermore, memory is cheap if you’re an educated consumer. Lucky for you, consider yourself educated.

Many manufacturers these days are pushing for faster memory, more memory, etc. That’s because MOST computer manufacturers are trying to make more money. Who can blame them when the average consumer is perfectly willing to go along with the mantra that bigger is better and better is faster?.

Before I continue, there are some exceptions to consider. If you love tabbed browsing, photoshop, CAD, or simply keeping up with the Jonuses, go to town on more memory. If not, read on…

I’m sure it’s true that more memory will be very important for future applications, but in the mean time very few applications know how to utilize all that memory. So why waste your time with it now? Moore’s law dictates that computers double in power every two years, and that trend is also approximately correct with memory. As memory gets more powerful, it follows that it will also get cheaper per gigabyte and per clock cycle. Speaking of clock cycles, don’t let faster memory fool you. While faster memory is slightly faster, it’s rarely worth the extra cost. Check the StealthMachines website to see what we are selling in order to determine where the sweet spot of memory speed currently is.

You can also save some serious money by only installing the memory that you need now with the intention of upgrading later as prices come down. Installing memory yourself is fun, easy, and a great way to breathe new life into your aging system.

A word of caution :
Be sure to select the right version of Windows before purchasing your new computer. Certain versions of Windows only support certain amounts of memory, and this makes the task of upgrading a difficult one if you don’t have the correct copy of Windows to begin with.

Some things to consider :
While upgrading memory is simple, determining which memory to install is not always easy. In addition, you need to make sure that the motherboard which you purchase is capable of handling more memory. Check the detailed specifications of the motherboard to see what kind of memory it supports (DDR3, DDR2, etc.), how many pins the memory must be (usually it’s 240-pin as of the writing of this article), and how many gigabytes of memory which the motherboard supports. If you’re confused, why not give your friendly StealthMachines staff a call or write to us… Toll-free 888-273-2440 or support@stealthmachines.com, respectively.

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