How to Upgrade Your PC’s RAM

To speed up a computer, you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars. Something as simple as updating the RAM memory could very well give you the maximum speeds your processor can deliver. If your computer can handle more RAM (random access memory), you can increase the overall processing speed with ease.

Before getting to the steps needed to add memory on a computer, double check your system’s current memory. If you still have the owner’s manual, consult that to see if you can upgrade the RAM. Most modern computer systems have an upgrade option that you can do after purchase. You can check whether your system can handle more memory by going to the “System Properties” section of Windows.

Step 1 – Check The Type of Memory Your Computer Needs

Before you can move forward with adding memory, you need to know what type your computer has. Memory chips look like small combs, and are not always universal. You can either consult your owner’s manual to see what type of RAM chips your computer has, or you could visit a RAM ecommerce site and check to see what type of chips you have, and how much you can upgrade. In most cases, users can consolidate their RAM into 1 or 2 chips.

Step 2- Purchase Compatible RAM Chips

After you have checked to see what type of RAM chips your computer can take, you will need to buy them. There are two major types of chips, they are known as DDR and DDR2 chip sets. Once you know which your computer can have, order the size and speed you want. Options can range from 2GB to 16GB and in some rare cases larger. The average upgrade will be to double the RAM, so adding a second chip or consolidating the speed is what you’re looking for. The cost can range from $20 to $100 depending on the size, and style of chip you need.

Step 3 – Open Your Computer

First, unplug your computer, or take out the battery. It should be powered off. You will need to open the computer case. Laptops will be more labor intensive. Once you have taken the case off, you will need to locate the RAM chips. For desktops, they will be plugged into place on the side of the motherboard. For laptops, they may be embedded on the motherboard at an angled hinge, or locked in place. Take your time here.

Step 4 – Remove Old RAM and Insert New Ram Chips

Moving forward, you will want to remove the old RAM chips, and set them aside. Take the new chips that you have purchased and simply place them into the motherboard. Don’t shove them in, put rather gently put them in place. If you have purchased the right size, this will take with ease.

Step 5 – Close Your Case

Once you have the chips in place securely, close your computer’s shell or case.

Step 6 – Turn Your Computer On

The last step is simple, turn your computer on. If you did the steps as mentioned above, you will see the speed differential immediately. Startup will be faster, and you can go to your control panel and check to see if the computer recognizes the change. It’s rare to see errors if you have the right chip set and size in place, but if it happens, follow the steps again, and if it still doesn’t work, return the new RAM chips and get them replaced. It’s worth watching the following video from Kingston Technology before starting:

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  1. Hi, can you give me advice on how to insert the RAM module? When I try to fit it’s really tight and only goes in at one end

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