Will more Ram speedup my PC?

Say, Please see attached. What do you suggest? OS Win 7 64 Bit
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shaunwinginAsked:
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rindiCommented:
No, not necessarily. It will only make things faster if your loaded software is already using up all the RAM. Since we have no idea on how you are using your PC and what software is running on it, there is no way of telling whether things will be faster or not.

One thing that looks a bit strange is that you are using an i5 CPU with 4 cores, but no additional threads. normally i5 CPU's do hyperthreading, giving you an additional thread per core, making it look like the CPU would have 8 cores. You have probably not enabled hyperthreading in the BIOS. Enabling that should make your PC run faster.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
SSD would speed up your system. But it also depends on the software installed. What is this system used for?
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rindiCommented:
I've just checked the CPU, and it doesn't support hyperthreading.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
Mainly for Outlook 2013 Email - imap server.
Word and Excel. Google Chrome - have several sheets open and tabs in the web browser.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Well, Excel and Email server can slow down the machine. How does it look when it is slow? Have you checked via resource monitoring tool which resources are overused?
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rindiCommented:
That very basic description doesn't tell us much although normally those applications shouldn't need too much RAM. But it depends on whether you are using huge excel worksheets, or whether you have hundreds of tabs open in chrome. Your task manager should give you an idea how utilized your RAM and CPU is.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
4 GB is getting to be on the low side these days.  Many programs expect users to have higher end computers and as a result, their resource demands increase.  In my opinion, 8 GB is the new minimum.  

Will increasing your RAM help in speed?  likely yes, but don't expect to be all that noticeable.  The benefit will come as you increase the number of tabs open in your web browser and you have Outlook, Word, and Excel all running at the same time.

You have an i5 760 - that's a generation 1 i5 and, if I remember correctly, before they were using HyperTrheading in the i5.  This means your computer is on the older side.  At least 4 years.  MAYBE 3, but it's design is at least 4.

Replacing the Hard Drive with an SSD can make a huge difference though... But that can mean re-installing Windows since the SSD will almost certainly be smaller.  Though you can get a 500 GB SSD for $175 or so.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Well, it would allow the system to utilize any additional unused memory for disk cache, which would speed disk access slightly.  However, given that the system is a quad core CPU, throwing more memory at it is probably not going to make it run significantly faster.

If there is a performance problem, also consider (a) what is running in the background and (b) the antivirus.  I have not yet seen a system with Norton installed that runs right.
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nobusCommented:
test first with a clean boot -if that runs better, the running software(s) are to blame
run msconfig - select startup tab, and click disable all
reboot to test
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
As noted above, the i5-760 is an older generation that does not support hyperthreading, but it still has fairly good performance ... 3922 on PassMark (about the same as a current gen i3).

To respond to your specific question:  "... Will more Ram speedup my PC? "  ==> Yes, given the usage pattern you've noted, you'll see a nice improvement when you have multiple windows open at once (which you indicated you do).

However, I'd do TWO things:  

(1)  Buy a pair of 4GB DDR3 memory modules.   Replace your current 2GB modules with these; which will double your memory to 8GB ... and confirm all is okay.   You can then try installing the original two modules, for a total of 12GB (triple what you have now).    Note that unbuffered memory systems are more reliable with only 2 slots used; but if your BIOS compensates for the increased loading (some do; some require manual intervention) you can probably run with 4 modules installed.

(2)  Replace your hard drive with an SSD.    It's much easier to do this if the SSD has at least as much space as you're currently using on your C: drive.    With an older system a 250GB SSD may be all you need (~ $!00) ... but you can buy 500GB units these days for under $200.    Buy a Crucial, Intel, or Samsung SSD ... they're by far the most reliable.     If you have a favorite imaging utility, you can migrate the OS with it.   If not, the inexpensive Paragon Migrate-to-SSD utility is the simplest way to move your OS to the new drive [ https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/ ].

Note that an SSD is essentially just another hard drive that starts transfers ~ 150 times quicker than a rotating platter drive [settling time averages 100 microseconds compared to an average seek time of about 15 milliseconds and then transfers the data 2-3 times as fast as the traditional drive would have.    The result is a MAJOR difference in the "feel" of the system; since any activity that requires disk access [booting; loading programs; accessing the swap file; etc. is MUCH quicker].

If you can only do ONE of these, get the SSD first ... it will provide a more tangible benefit; and the dramatically faster access to the swap file will help minimize the impact of memory page faults (which adding more memory will effectively eliminate).
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I would still watch the resource monitoring and see what the hardware is lacking. Is the RAM overused or is it CPU. Based on this information you can decide what you would like to increase or replace.
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