Smart Holiday Gifts for Frustrated Computer Users Cooks Up the Perfect Holiday Recipe for that New Computer Feel Without Breaking the Bank

BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On the heels of a recent survey conducted by, in which 94% of surveyed computer users cite their computer as a source of stress in their lives, the holiday season is a seemingly perfect opportunity for consumers to address computer misery with the gift of a newer, faster, better performing desktop or laptop computer. But, as holiday budgets tighten, the stress of spending hard-earned money on a new computer can outweigh the anguish and frustration that is caused by an existing sluggish, unresponsive and unreliable computer.

Extend the life of a computer and add a little holiday cheer to the computing experience with money-saving memory upgrade options from (Photo: Business Wire)

So, before knocking the savings account back a few notches on a new computer, the experts at have cooked up the perfect holiday recipe for improving computer performance and relieving frustrations without breaking the bank. From everyday tasks to demanding business applications to gaming and high-performance needs, consumers can add a little holiday cheer to their computing experience with these cost-efficient memory upgrade options for existing computers.

Computer Memory Upgrade

Many computer performance issues can be resolved with a do-it-yourself memory upgrade. Any time e-mail is used, the Internet is browsed, a video is watched, a term paper is typed, a game is played or the computer is simply booted up, the system is using its internal memory resources. When a computer does not have enough internal memory (RAM) to properly run its programs, it becomes slow and unresponsive. With an average price of around $50, a memory upgrade from is a very cost-effective way to provide an immediate boost to a system that has become sluggish and unreliable.

Crucial® m4 SSD (Solid State Drive)

Solid state drives, available for both Mac® and PC systems, are durable and reliable drives that store everything from programs, photos, videos and documents. SSDs are much more efficient than traditional hard drives, and can dramatically increase the overall performance of most computers. Their durability and speed coupled with their light weight and operating efficiency (resulting in longer battery life) have made SSDs a popular alternative to traditional hard drives. The award-winning Crucial m4 SSD starts at just $77.99.

Crucial Ballistix® High-Performance Memory

Designed for gamers and those that depend on their computers for photo/video editing, graphic design, and other applications that require peak system performance, offers a lineup of high-performance Crucial Ballistix memory upgrade options. With prices beginning at just $14.99 for a 2GB desktop upgrade, Crucial Ballistix memory is an ideal gift for gaming and performance enthusiasts.

“Many consumers look to the holiday season as the time of year to ditch their existing computer and open their wallets for a brand new computer, completely unaware that they are able to give their existing system the boost it needs for a fraction of the cost with a simple memory upgrade,” said Roddy McLean, marketing director, “At, we provide all of the tools and expertise needed to make finding and installing a memory upgrade an easy process, even for beginners. Improving the performance of a computer shouldn’t add to an already stressful time of the year.”

Founded on the concept of making upgrades easy for the everyday computer user,, a leading online destination for memory upgrades and solid state drives for nearly 15 years, provides the knowledge and tools needed to select and purchase the right computer memory upgrade this holiday season. Just go to and run the award-winning Crucial® System Scanner tool to find the right memory upgrade options that will improve system performance and extend the life of an existing computer.

As a pioneer of do-it-yourself memory upgrades, bolsters its online memory upgrade tools with a full team of memory upgrade experts to help choose the right memory upgrade for over 50,000 desktops, laptops, servers, printers, routers, and other electronic devices.

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About is a leading online retailer specializing in computer memory (RAM) upgrades and solid state drives (SSD), and is an online destination of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of computer memory products. offers more than 250,000 upgrades for nearly every computer system: home and business, old and new, PC and Mac® computers. Utilizing a suite of easy-to-use, free online tools, including the Crucial System Scanner and the Crucial Memory Advisor™ tools, consumers are able to quickly assess, select, and purchase compatible memory upgrades to restore computer performance, improve system reliability and increase productivity. For more information, visit

About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit

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