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Old 05-22-2018, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Hello, friends and experts, I have this 4GB laptop as a second computer.



I currently have one empty RAM slot, but the computer is rated up to 32 GB. I'm not sure if I should buy a second 4GB chip, or upgrade both slots to 8GB chips.



I mostly use the laptop for testing and building websites and general internet browsing.



I run Photoshop on the machine sometimes, which is taxing the current configuration to the max. I would consider adding Illustrator if the computer could handle it with added RAM, although I have an iMac to handle the heavier design tasks.


I'm running Windows 10, and have been experiencing high disk usage and memory percentages frequently lately, especially from Servicehost:Superfetch and Antimalware Service Executable. Sometimes have problems from Adobe CC also if it wants to do an update.


Any advice on how to pick the right memory chip? The Acer manual specs say DDR4 SDRAM, but in my online shopping I see other items such as 2400, or how many pins are in the chip.


Thank you!
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:52 PM
 
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I would add another 4GB. Buying computer memory is super easy. Just enter you computer model and the seller's website tells you what to buy. Crucial comes up with this for your laptop:

RAM & SSD Upgrades | Acer Aspire E5-575 | Crucial.com
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Make sure you're running Windows 10 in the 64-bit version, not the (rare but available) 32-bit version. The 32 won't support more than 4 Gig RAM
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge...10-8-7-solved/

Superfetch Causing Massive Disk Usage - [Solved] - Windows 10
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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I'd go with the two 8GB chips. They will be matched and should be all the RAM you need in the future.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Thanks for the advice. I hadn't planned to spend quite so much, but I'm considering 2 8 GB chips now and just pull out the 4 that's in there.



I found some sets of 8 GB chips on amazon for around $175 - do you think brand is important?



I found a 4 GB chip that matches the brand/size I have now for around $45, obviously way cheaper.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Depends how much you want to spend trying to make a two-generation-old CPU that wasn't really intended to do the workload do the workload. It's a good low-end 6th gen CPU, but the i3s were never really intended for that. I'd throw in a second 4GB stick and save the rest towards something more suited for that.

You can get i5-8250U/8GB/256GB SSD/MX 150 laptops for $650. Alternatively, if using an external display an old Dell Gaming laptop with i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050 for $599. I wouldn't recommend it without an external display. Cheap gaming laptops in general have lousy displays and the old Dell Gaming has about the worst display you can find in a gaming laptop.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Depends how much you want to spend trying to make a two-generation-old CPU that wasn't really intended to do the workload do the workload. It's a good low-end 6th gen CPU, but the i3s were never really intended for that. I'd throw in a second 4GB stick and save the rest towards something more suited for that.

You can get i5-8250U/8GB/256GB SSD/MX 150 laptops for $650. Alternatively, if using an external display an old Dell Gaming laptop with i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050 for $599. I wouldn't recommend it without an external display. Cheap gaming laptops in general have lousy displays and the old Dell Gaming has about the worst display you can find in a gaming laptop.
I don’t know too much about these things (which is why I’m asking for advice) but the processor is an i5 not an i3. I agree it might be better to do the cheaper 4gb stick and save my money for the next laptop, whenever that is. The impatient side of me really wants to enjoy 16gb RAM now though.
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Typing "system" in the start menu will list the processor then as that particularly family of laptops come in everything from N/Celeron up to i7. The i5 according to Acer's website all have DDR3L memory.

Use either CPU-Z (https://www.cpuid.com/) or HW Info (https://www.hwinfo.com/download.php) to check the type of memory. Personally I like CPU-Z. If it's DDR3, it's almost assuredly DDR3L. I think everything post 4th generation is DDR3L but I'm not 100% positive on that. Just get a stick of DDR3L if it's DDR3. DDR3L will work at either 1.5 or 1.35 volt. DDR3 will only work at 1.5 volt. If you pull the actual memory and it says 4GB blah blah PC3L on the sticker it's DDR3L. Regular DDR3 is PC3.

https://www.dell.com/support/article...emory-?lang=en

If it's an i5-6300u with the optional 920 discrete graphics, maybe worthwhile springing for the 16GB of RAM. The 920 isn't really noteworthy. Better than the HD 520 integrated graphics, about the same as HD 620 on the newer 7th/8th generation CPUs. Still, it's something and it offloads that from the CPU which is its own benefit.

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Old 05-24-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with Mallorics first post. Get the 4 to equal 8. You don't need 16. I promise you... you don't need 16 for "testing websites and internet browsing". People always want to go big on RAM, and I get it, why not? Must be better?!? It's not always: 8 is good for just about anyone NOT into gaming or video editing.

Also read TekFreaks links, particularly the first one.
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