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Installing RAM is usually the most effortless and cost-effective means of improving your desktop PC’s performance. Even if you build a computer brand new, all too often, your PC will become sluggish in time. Soon, it will start struggling to keep up with the latest memory-devouring operating systems and applications.
Use our below guide, How to Install RAM, to help regain your PC’s speed and decrease ‘low on memory’ errors. We will teach you how to determine how much RAM memory to install, tools used, and specific how-to instructions.
The amount of RAM required to operate a typical desktop PC has risen dramatically with every new version of an operating system, most specifically Windows. You may even recall Bill Gates mentioning this talk computers will only be requiring 56 Kilobytes of memory. Boy, times have sure changed.
If you are utilizing Windows 2000 through XP, you should be odor get by with 1 GB of RAM. For Windows Vista, you should have at least 2 GB of RAM, and for Windows 7 that has doubled to 4 GB, with 8 GB of memory providing the best performance.
These numbers can vary depending upon what you utilize your computer for. If you are utilizing it for a locks of video production or editing, or this is a gaming PC, you may opt to go with the most RAM your computer’s motherboard can handle.
Your next step will be to determine the type of RAM modules your motherboard will accept. Review your motherboard’s user manual and look for either DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR5, or some derivative thereof. It is also possible that your motherboard will accept more than one type of memory module, however, you will not be able to utilize both types at the same time. If you do not have your user manual accessible, you should be able to go to the manufacturers website and utilize their guide to identifying what type of RAM you will be able to purchase.
On the subject of manufacturers, it is always a best bet to go with a brand that is reputable and reliable, even though you may pay $5-$10 more for each RAM module.
Really the only tool that you will most likely need is I anti-static wrist strap. This will help you prevent static electricity from damaging computer hardware.
Once all computer hardware has been installed and you have your computer fully assembled, follow any on-screen prompts which may need your attention. To check your memory has been properly installed, it is best to go into your computer’s set up area, the BIOS and double check that the amount of RAM you installed is indicated.