Apps and activities: Email, social media, photos, videos, documents, spreadsheets, streaming movies and music
Stumbling blocks: Standard applications and activities require standard amounts of memory, yet most computers ship with minimal levels of memory
Solution: Install at least 4GB of memory. This doesn’t cost much, and the increased density helps deliver consistent, seamless performance.
Fun fact: 92% of people who have done a memory upgrade would recommend it to a friend*
Apps and activities: Multiple browsers and tabs for online research, shopping, travel, news, social media, and spreadsheets; constantly running multiple programs
Stumbling blocks: Multitasking takes a toll on performance because your system has to do multiple things at once, which requires a lot of active data (memory)
Solution: Install 8GB of memory. It’s affordable, easy to do, and solves the root problem – not having enough resources to handle everything at once.
Fun fact: 92% of people think multitasking is necessary for being highly efficient*
Apps and activities: Steam, games, and gaming forums
Stumbling blocks: Gaming is intensive by nature and requires constant buffering and loading to create and sustain an action-packed, bullet-filled world
Solution: Install 8GB of Ballistix gaming memory and a mainstream SSD. The SSD will allow you to quickly boot up and jump into the game, while the gaming memory will help you seamlessly navigate and dominate once you’re there.
Fun fact: Nearly 100% of professional gamers use high performance gaming memory1
Apps and activities: Classes, assignments, independent learning modules, digital streaming and virtual class participation, class-specific apps, social media, goofing off in class
Stumbling blocks: High levels of computer horsepower are required for today’s virtual assignments and class work, yet computers geared at students often ship with minimalist components that hinder productivity
Solution: Get a value-oriented SSD, which is the most affordable way to supercharge your system’s performance and makes assignment drudgery easier to slog through.
Fun fact: 87% of people say tech has a direct impact on what they’re able to get done*
Apps and activities: Photo editing, video editing, design applications, creative research
Stumbling blocks: Design applications take a heavy toll on your system’s memory, processor and storage components – all of which are used to load, render, and save massive files in real time
Solution: Go with a mainstream SSD which delivers a higher level of performance, along with 32GB of memory (as much as your system can take). For best results, install the memory in a dual channel configuration, which maximises CPU performance.
Fun fact: 91% of people say it can take an extra hour to get things done on a slower system*
Apps and activities: Accounting, budgeting, massive spreadsheets with macros
Stumbling blocks: Complex macros and advanced computations require a lot of memory if you want to get them done in a short amount of time
Solution: Install 16GB of memory in a dual channel configuration (4x 4GB modules). Since you’re dealing with sensitive financial data, encryption can be a great asset and it comes standard on most mainstream SSDs.
Fun fact: Only 4% of people upgrade their memory when their computer slows down*
*Based on research commissioned by Crucial.com and conducted April 2015 by GMI, an independent research organisation. The study polled a stratified random sample of 1,002 adults ages 18+ in the United States and asked questions about productivity, technology, and ways to improve efficiency.
1. Based on our interactions at industry events and extensive involvement with professional gaming teams.