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Windows 7: Help with adding RAM to my new laptop.

06 Jan 2012   #1
HS5964

Windows 7 64 bit, home premium
 
 
Help with adding RAM to my new laptop.

Hey all, I want to upgrade the RAM on my new laptop, but I have a few questions. It came with 4 gigs, but it's upgradeable to 8gigs. It runs great with 4gigs, but I might as well unleash its full potential. I know it takes DDR3 Ram, but is that all there is to it? Do I have to worry about speeds, pins, connectors, brands or anything else like that? Or is all DDR3 Ram created equal?

Is there anything else I need to be aware of when it comes to replacing it? I've added RAM to a PC before, but never to a laptop. I just want to make sure I don't screw anything up.

Thanks.


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06 Jan 2012   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

According to Crucial:

Computer memory upgrades for Acer Aspire 5755G Laptop/Notebook from Crucial.com

your laptop has two memory slots. If it came with two 2GB SODIMMs, then you'd have to replace them both to install 8GB total.

The laptop uses DDR3-1333 SODIMMs (small outline DIMMS), with 204 pins.
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06 Jan 2012   #3
HS5964

Windows 7 64 bit, home premium
 
 

Ok, so there's not any speed ratings or anything like that when it comes to RAM? Just get some that fits and it's plug and play?

Thanks for the reply.
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06 Jan 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this short video:

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06 Jan 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just a word of caution before you spend any money. Unless you have a lot of CAD applications, the upgrade to 8GB will not buy you anything. I have 3, 4 and 8GB systems and do not notice any performance difference. Even when I do video encoding (a really heavy duty task), hardly more than 2GBs are used on my 8GB system.
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06 Jan 2012   #6
HS5964

Windows 7 64 bit, home premium
 
 

Really? Not even with gaming? I mean, it runs all my games perfectly fine, I just figured it might make them run a little bit better/easier.

Or not.
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06 Jan 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

More RAM means you're not using the pagefile so much.

I upgraded my RAM from 6GB to 8GB and didn't notice any improvement in performance.

The best performance boost these days is upgrading to a SSD.
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06 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I really doubt it. Do the following - when you run a game, look into Resource Monitor > Memory tab. That will show you on the colored bar how much RAM is being used. You will probably be amazed how little that is.
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06 Jan 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
More RAM means you're not using the pagefile so much
With 4GBs of RAM, the pagefile is only used by some very special programs. That btw. is the same with 8GBs of RAM. Those programs do not use the pagefile because there is not enough available RAM, but for other reasons. With normal processing, the pagefile is never used.

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The best performance boost these days is upgrading to a SSD.
SSDs are gereat for general performance increase. Games, however, generally do not acces the disk very often. So even an SSD will not buy a lot. Best boost for games is a fast CPU, a super graphics card and fast RAM.
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06 Jan 2012   #10
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

when i game it uses 2.5gbs to 3gbs depends what i'm running lowest ive seen it is 2gbs but crysis 2 went up to like almost 3gbs
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