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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home
       01 Jan 2016 #1

    Will RAM Boost Performance with W10 On Machine Built for W7 Home?

    I have already installed W10 on a machine built for W7 Home. It has an AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor 3.00 GHz with 5.00 GB RAM and onboard video. It seems that sometimes, when editing video or running Defender or MalwarBytes, the system slows down quite a bit. If I upgrade to 8 GB RAM, is it likely that I won't see much improvement because of the AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor 3.00 GHz possibly the problem? When I check Task Manager when these programs are running, my CPU usage is usually near 100%.

    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home (x64)

    System Model
    Hewlett-Packard p6653w
    Enclosure Type: Desktop

    Main Circuit Board
    Board: FOXCONN 2AB1 1.00
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 6.02 07/21/2010

    3.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 250
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    ATI Radeon HD 4200

    999.63 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    804.68 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    Memory Modules
    4864 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
    Slot 'DIMM1' is Empty
    Slot 'DIMM2' has 1024 MB (serial number 448F0E79)
    Slot 'DIMM3' has 2048 MB (serial number E49E51E3)
    Slot 'DIMM4' has 2048 MB (serial number E39E51E3)

    AMD SATA Controller
    Last edited by pserpas; 01 Jan 2016 at 23:37. Reason: Remove Serial Numbers
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  2.    02 Jan 2016 #2

    Adding RAM will benefit performance if there is a shortage. Based on the information provided this is impossible to tell. A screenshot of Task manager, Performance tab, showing memory information would help. But it appears that the CPU is the real problem.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       02 Jan 2016 #3

    Here it is. I ran three programs and opened TM.
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  4.    02 Jan 2016 #4

    With RAM usage of 57% it does not appear to be an issue, at least not at the time of the screenshot. But you need to confirm which processes or processes are causing the high usage.
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  5.    02 Jan 2016 #5

    Buy a new motherboard with a modern Intel CPU, you know you want to :)
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    10.6 Home 1809 x64
       02 Jan 2016 #6

    AMD is great for games and everything, except graphics and video editing.
    When you disable pagefile after adding some RAM, it might speed things up a bit.
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  7.    02 Jan 2016 #7

    Increasing the RAM can't hurt and the 8Gb is a nice amount... I have the same. But for the most bang I would go for a new processor/motherboard to match. I have a nice Gigabyte and AMD A8-6600K and I love the combination. Check my specs to see the motherboard I have. It's really nice and affordable.

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