Will adding extra RAM in my computer speed it up?
I have a system with Windows XP professional 64 bit SP3 installed. It's main hardware is as follows
Motherboard: P5KPL-VM CPU : Intel Pentium Dual CPU e2140 @ 1.6 Ghz Memory : 1GB DDR2 PC2 xxxx (not sure which one of 5200,6400 or 8500) No GPU
The performance isn't stellar to say the least with recent software. It seems to be sluggish in browsing and regular office related task. It's usable but not snappy.
I am thinking of upgrading its RAM as its a relatively unused and system so it has much life left in it. The idea is to use for network storage and if possible to run additional services on it.
My question, is will upgrading ram to 4GB (2GB per slot) help? I am not sure where the performance issue is at this time or how to find the bottleneck.
EDIT: If you can help please reply, ask for more info is allright. Please don't show existing topics. I have read them and they either don't apply or don't help me.
Xperf: It's a good tool, but not going to istall the SDK etc which will only take too much time and more system resources. Something simpler like hdtune would help, a standlone app.
Additional info about applications since someone asked.:
Chrome Browser, youtube, social networking etc. Office 2003 Printing, Scanning and browsing Media
I have included as much information as needed. No reason to downvote, but I know people do that for their own skewed reasons. I am trying ti understand if the RAM is too low for general purpose in contemporary context and as compared to rest of the system specs.