Do the test I described on the first page on this thread before you spend your $$ on more RAM. If you're not using the 8 that's in there, bumping to 16 will not make any difference at all. More RAM does not give you more speed unless you're already using all the memory you have.
But based on the age of your machine, if you really want a speed boost I'd recommend first swapping the HDD for an SSD - that'll make a significant difference in speed.
I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100 desktop from 2010 which runs ok for now but I have a bit of money and I am thinking I might want to upgrade it from the 8GB it currently has to 16GB. 16GB is the max ram it can hold I know that much but i don't know how many slots I have and what is currently in those slots. For example I probably wouldn't want to upgrade if I had to purchase 2 new 8GB sticks because I only have 2 slots and there happens to be 2 4GB sticks in there. I often open about 70-80 tabs at once in chrome because I am entering sweepstakes and this makes entering them very fast.
Run Crucial's memory scanner: http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/systemscanner, and it will tell you how many slots you have and how many are in use. However, did you follow the steps in the OP / wiki to determine if you would even see any benefit from upgrading your RAM?
Marshall: Have the rest of you guys figured out by now that mmathis is the smartest guy on SlickDeals?
Yes i did follow the steps, I seem to be using 60-80% of the ram for a light to medium task (which for me is about 5-6 GB with another 2 or so in "standby" mode), so I will have to look into this further. But I agree its pointless to spend money on ram unless your machine will actually use it.
If you are experiencing delay in resource-intensive application, you may want to check up on your RAM to see if you need to add additional memory to your system. Or if the Windows OS is complaining for lack of memory and need to use virtual memory, then you will definitely need to add more memory to your system.
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