Build a PC: Memory

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Memory, more commonly known as RAM (Random Access Memory), is what data that does not go into your hard drive goes into. It allows your computer to run much faster because it doesn’t have to store data directly into the hard drive. Reading and writing directly from a hard drive is much slower than from RAM. Therefore, when a computer needs to save something (not a file), it sends it to the RAM so it can be saved later to the hard drive.

There are many brands of RAM out there and most, if not all, on Pcpartpicker.com are made by trusted brands. I suggest brands such as Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston, and Crucial.

There are two main types of RAM: DDR3 and DDR4. DDR3 is currently the most common and versatile type, meaning it can be used on many common chipsets. You can buy DDR4 RAM instead, but it is…

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