PC memory: A look back

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PC memory: A look back

PC Memory got its start back in the early 80s. The first amount included in computers was around 16 kilobytes. Today, you'd probably use that much in a 1paragraph word file. In PCs today it's not uncommon to find up to a gigabyte of memory. Two types of memory are found in your PC -- RAM (Random Access Memory) & ROM (Read Only Memory). ROM is the little memory needed to start up your computer. In contrast, RAM is pretty big since it's used for everything else. To save some cash it's better to buy a computer with more RAM than spending extra bucks to add extra memory later.



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