Computers Memory

How To Get Memory Upgrades For a Computer

Published at 02/17/2012 23:17:05


When your computer slows down and the performance is reduced you probably need more RAM. Memory upgrades are the easiest and cheapest way to increase your computers performance. New applications and software require more and more memory so you have to keep your computer up to date when it comes to memory usage. When you are short on memory you are forcing your computer especially your hard drive, this will reduce performance.

Step 1

The first thing you have to do is see how much available memory you have. For this you have to press Ctrl + Alt + Del and open the task manager. In the Performance tab you will find the Physical memory, if there is no physical memory available then it means you have to install memory upgrades.

Step 2

There are many types of RAM. There are DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory upgrades. To make sure you make the correct memory upgrades you have to check your motherboard manual to see what type of memory your computer uses. Also you can check how much memory your mother board can support .There are also some utilities that will tell what type of RAM you have installed on your computer.

Step 3

Many people use dual-channel memory upgrades, this means that you have to install the memory upgrades in pairs. Dual-channel memory means you have to install two memory cards that are identical so you can obtain maximum performance. For example it is better to install two 512MB memory upgrades modules rather then having just 1 GB module.

Step 4

RAM is not the most expensive part of your computer so don’t be cheap and try to get good memory modules. RAM quality is very important so don’t be shy and try to get the best modules from great manufactures like Kingston. Some manufactures give life time warranty so for a few extra dollars you can get a really good deal.

Step 5

After you bought your new RAM modules the installation can begin. Unplug the computer and open the case. Be very careful after you open the case and try not to touch any of the components before you get rid of the static electricity from your body. The easiest way to do this is to touch the PC case, keep your hands on the case for 5 seconds.

Step 6

Now you have to identify the memory sockets and clear your path of any obstacles like cables or plastic panels. To remove the existing memory you have to push down both of the clips of the memory socket. Now you can remove the old memory and install the new memory upgrades.

Step 7

To install the new memory upgrades you have to place them in the socket and push them in there. Make sure you align the memory upgrades correctly, if they don’t enter gently don’t push too hard you might have them backwards. When you are doing this correctly when you push down the module, the clips will adjust themselves automatically in position.
Now you can put back the case on the computer, plug it in and turn the computer on and check if the memory upgrades work.


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