Originally posted by BrattyBrandy
I've defraged and deleted unwanted things. I even deleted Kazaa and my husband will just have to get over it! :-)
Is ebay a pretty trustworthy place to but the RAM or where to shop for it? What kind of price should I be looking for?
defragging for the most part won't give you a noticable increase in performance. Deleting unwanted files won't increase performance either. It just gives you back usable space for more data. Even though you uninstalled kazaa, the other 3rd party "malware" is still installed on your PC.
The performance bottlenecks that you are experiencing are more related to the fact that your CPU isn't able to work fast enough because it has to constantly wait for the memory to refresh with the new data that the CPU needs. I bet you see this message a lot, "PROGRAM IS NOT RESPONDING"
Imagine that you want to fill a 1 gallon bucket with water. The bucket can't be moved from the floor. And the only way you can get the water from the faucet to the bucket is by using 8oz dixie cups. This is going to take a long time isn't it? what if you had 16oz cups?
Or better yet - 32oz cups? That bucket would get filled much faster wouldn't it?
The same thing applies here. Your CPU requests data from the HDD. The data "binary data" is transfered from your HDD to the memory modules. Then when the CPU is ready for is, it is transfered to the CPU. If you only have a small amount memory, your CPU must constantly wait for the new data it's requesting. There is also smething called a "paging file" which is utilized by windows, but is much slower then memory. This is another reason you are experiencing slow performance.
I hope i didn't confuse you more.