If you’re troubleshooting a hardware issue, researching specs for a resource-intensive game, or simply curious about your computer. You should be aware of its model and performance characteristics.
Aside from that, knowing the amount of RAM you have, and the type and speed of your CPU. And the graphics card you have installed. And so on are important details to keep in mind when upgrading and planning.
While most people make sure they understand hardware specifications and RAM before purchasing a computer. It’s easy to forget these details once the system has been purchased.
In this article, we will go over a series of simple steps that will help you learn more about your computer system, whether it is a laptop or a desktop.
How to find Physical Storage, RAM, and CPU
There are various types of memory in computer systems, including USBs, registers, caches, and so on. However, in a broader sense, there are primarily two types of memory in personal computers that you should be aware of as a user:
- Physical (or permanent) memory.
- Random Access Memory (RAM).
You can also tell the difference between permanent and temporary memories. The hard drive where you store music, movies, photos, and important files for daily use is referred to as permanent memory. You require this storage space in order to save items permanently. As a result, in order to save a large amount of data, you will require a large amount of storage space.
Temporary memory, on the other hand, refers to the memory that processes the programmes that are running in your computer. It consists of RAM, registers, and caches and has a direct impact on your computer’s processing power. If you want to run a resource-intensive application or game, you will need more RAM to increase the computer’s speed.
We recommend the following storage, RAM, and CPU specifications in modern computer systems:
- At least 256GB of physical storage (preferably SSD storage).
- At least 8 GB of RAM
- At least the Intel i5 CPU Processor
To determine your system’s storage and RAM, try the following methods:
- To begin, go to the “My Computer” or “This PC” option, which has a computer icon. If you don’t see it on the main screen, click the Start button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. You should see one of the options listed above here; click on it to proceed.
- To find out how much total physical memory your computer has, look to the left-hand side of the screen and select the drive for which you want to check memory. Look for the “Local Disk (C:)” drive here.
- Typically, the operating system and the majority of your running applications are installed here. Click on the grey rectangular icons to check other drives on your computer.
- If you clicked on the This PC or My Computer icon directly, you’ll be able to see how much space is left in each drive by looking at the ” GB free of GB” option.
- Alternatively, you can launch Windows Explorer and right-click on its icon. This will open a menu of options, from which you must select “Properties” for each drive.
- To check your device’s RAM, start by pressing the “Start” button in the bottom-left corner of your laptop or monitor screen.
- Look for “My Computer” or “This PC” on the left-hand bar, as described above. Right-click the folder after you’ve opened it. After that, at the bottom of the list of options, click on “Properties.”
- You will be able to see a variety of important information about your computer here. The amount of RAM in your computer is displayed in the middle of the screen. You can also see the operating system type, which can be 64-bit or 32-bit. Because 32-bit versions of Windows do not support RAM greater than 4 GB, we recommend that our users use 64-bit Windows.
- You can also see your computer’s processor (i.e., Core i3, i5, or i7) as well as the generation of your computer. The processor, which works alongside the RAM, determines how quickly your computer runs programs.
- The first number, right after the processor, on the other hand, tells you about the generation of your computer’s CPU. The number of generations refers to how new the CPU’s hardware architecture is. For example, the computer in the image below has a third-generation Intel i7 CPU processor and 8GB of RAM.
Alternatively, press ‘Windows key + S,’ type “Control Panel,” and then press the Enter key. After that, select “System” and “Security.” After that, select “See the name of this computer” to view important system information.
While there are numerous factors that influence computer performance. The type of computer and the amount of RAM have the greatest impact.
If you want your computer to run as quickly as possible. Use an SSD hard disc storage device and increase the amount of RAM in your device. The performance of these devices is also improved by a newer generation and a faster processor.