Should I update my desktop RAM?

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About a year ago, I bought a brand new desktop and I love it. There's just one thing. The RAM is being used way too often (it's using half when the desktop is idle). And I'm not even playing any games. Should I just double the RAM on the desktop? Or should I upgrade the CPU? Thank you.

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Try opening the task manager and under the process tab see what apps are using the memory. Shut down any that you are safe to end and do not need to be running like a streaming service, another browser, editor program like Office and notepad. There are a lot of them that start automatically and run in the background. Another possibility, although not likely as it’s a year old is you may have a memory module that has gone bad. Go to the control panel and look under system to see what the installed memory shows.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    What kind of games wanted to play. Are they require heavy graphics/something like special graphics card like ge force etc. What configuration of your desktop PC? Perhaps only increasing the amount of RAM may not the proper solution of this problem. Also without knowing actual configuration, not possible to provide good replies. However you can contact a hardware expert and consult for the same.
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  • ToddN2000
    What are the current specs and model computer? You may not be able to upgrade them. Also when your system is up and not running anything, check the task manager. There may be a bunch of background services running. Even still they should not eat up that much memory.
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  • bhannah
    There is a couple of things that is not mentioned here, and they are critical. Is your system using an onboard video card and sharing ram, or does it have a separate video card? With everyone wanting everything to be High Def video wise and using an onboard video card that could be where all your memory is going. If you are using an onboard video card, then I would recommend that you get a quality video card and turn off the onboard video card and quit sharing the memory. Is your system a 32 bit or a 64 bit system? This is also critical because this also affects memory usage.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Though you mentioned, one year age, but if still it is under warranty, it is better to ask the vendor/ service center for more help. If you open the case, it may void your warranty period.
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