However the irony is that the RAM must clock down to run at the speed determined by the BUS on the computer anyway so there is no advantage gained by installing memory modules with a higher rated speed.

With a little money and a bit of technical know-how, you can grant your laptop a new lease on life, or at least buy yourself a few more months.

To determine if upgrading is the right choice for you, ask yourself the following questions: Will upgrading solve my problem?

Start by clicking on the "find your model series" box. Additional RAM(memory) will benefit any HP computer, whether it be a notebook, desktop, workstation or server.

The amount of RAM in your system is critical in assisting your computer to process its moment to moment operations, whether that is loading applications, browsing the web or editing a spreadsheet.

When you've owned your laptop for two or three years you'll find yourself wondering whether or not you should buy a new one.

Although it might be time to go browse our reviews to find a replacement, don't write off that old system just yet.

However when upgrading these types of notebooks you do not have to remove both modules and put in a matching pair.

It is just as effective to keep 1 of the existing modules and replace the other one with a large capacity module. They generally have 2 or 4 memory slots that are upgradeable. However when upgrading you need only to add one module at a time regardless whether the device was shipped with 1 module or 2 originally.

If you're simply enduring sluggish performance or you've run out of storage space, then the problem can probably be solved by either increasing your computer's RAM or replacing its hard drive.

Other issues have more complicated solutions that may extend further than a basic part swap can fix.

For example, if your laptop is unable to play Batman: Arkham City, it may be that you lack the necessary graphics processor, have insufficient RAM, are running short on hard drive space, or are experiencing a combination of all three.