Reasons Why Your Computer is Running Slow


Have you ever wondered why traditional desktop PCs have evolved to using so much RAM? We live in an age where the phrase “128GB (8 x 16GB) DDR4 sdRAM” seems like a natural phrase, but years back it was unheard of. And even at this point we’re still pushing the limits of our technology, so much so that the phrase “4TB (8 x 512GB) DDR5 sdRAM” will probably be within reach after a few years or so. It’s all because RAM is the capacity that dictates how much a PC can process. As you fill the capacity, your computer slows down. If you exceed the capacity, either your computer stalls, or one of the applications you’re using at the time crashes. At this point you might want to tune-up your PC, either manually or using an application, like

It’s very, very hard for the normal PC gamer to crash his PC if he’s playing on 64GB or 128GB of RAM. But if you’re still living on 4GB you can exceed the capacity easily, even on a tuned-up PC, by just opening Google Chrome, surf a few sites for a few hours, and open any game that demands high memory usage and graphics (which is most games today) as an experiment. In short, RAM shortage is why your computer is running slow.

Over the Limit

So why do people cross the limit and consume more RAM than needed? It’s because of a couple of possible reasons:


  1. They’re using an application that consumes huge amounts of RAM.
  2. They’re running a lot of applications that consume RAM.

Even when we think that a computer is just being idle, background processes are still running and that too consumes RAM. The visual effects when opening folders or the Start Menu consumes RAM. The only way for a computer to not use RAM is to turn it off.

More RAM

The common remedy people use to reduce RAM usage is tuning up their PCs. Of course, the most carefree answer is just increase the RAMin the PC. Check your PC’s motherboard and find out what type of RAM it’s using, buy and plug in compatible 8GB RAM sticks in there and call it a day. Usually a traditional desktop PC’s motherboard has 2 to 4 and a laptop has 2 slots for RAM so you can go up as much as 32GB to 64GB on a 4 slot traditional desktop and 16GB on a laptop (though future improvements in the technology might increase the limit someday).

The downside is that it’s pricey (and again, future development might change things), with 16GB sticks for desktop PCs going for as much as $200 and 8GB RAM for laptops being priced at $100. So you’ll have to choose which one you’ll do. It’s recommended for people to do both, but that’s usually not an available option for everyone. And while you’re saving up that money and tuning your PC, you’ll just have to watch your RAM consumption and not use too much of it as much as possible.