Complete Guide to Install Random Access Memory
With time your computer could get sluggish and slow. You may find it slow and unable to keep up with the latest software. One of the best things to boost the performance of your computer is to upgrade the RAM of your system. From working on Photoshop to Excel, all the RAM intensive tasks will then run flawlessly on your system.
However, before purchasing a RAM stick there are a couple of things which should be kept in mind – how much and what type of RAM would your system need.
#Clarify, How Much RAM Does You Need;
The more memory a computer has the better. If you double the existing memory of your computer you will have a lot of space and also improve the performance of your computer. For daily tasks such as browsing, using Microsoft Office along with Multimedia usage a 4GB RAM is enough and when you increase it to 8GB there would be a huge improvement in the working speed of your computer.
You can check from System Properties to determine how much RAM it can support. A 32 bit would be able to support 4GB for all versions and a 64 bit would support up to 128GB to 2TB RAM provided it is Windows 10 and above.
To more know about it, check out these links:
- >RAM Upgrade – Why, How and How Much?
- >How Much RAM Do We Need In Our Devices?
- >How To Buy Perfect RAM Stick For Laptop & Desktop Computers?
#Clarify, What Type of RAM Does Your Computer Supports;
There are different types of RAM and they come in various speed and models. Your computer’s motherboard will decide the type of RAM your computer would support.
You can either check this on the manufacturer’s website or the computer documentation that you have. You would find the specifications of the RAM that would be compatible with the hardware.
RAM is available as Double Data Rate or DDR – DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4. The most recent computers use DDR3 or DDR4. You need to get the one that supports your motherboard.
Originally the DDR RAM has 184 pins and would reach a speed of 400MHz. However, technology has improved and the developers got us speed in lesser voltage. The DDR2 was developed which has 240 pins and goes up to a speed of 800MHz. Similarly, DDR3 has 240 pins but its speed goes up to 1866MHz. DDR4 is extraordinary and supported by Haswell chipsets it has the maximum speed of 3200MHz.
There are two-speed numbers by which RAM for a PC is identified – MHz speed and the PC/PC2/PC3 speed. You would have to tally them with the specifications of your motherboard. PC number is the maximum bandwidth say for example – PC3 12800 here 12800 is 12.8GB maximum bandwidth. The speed of the RAM is indicated by the number after the DDR specification say for example DDR3 1600 here 1600 = 1600 MHz
Once you know the exact specification and know which RAM to buy you could locate a good manufacturer and then make a purchase.
To more know about it, check out this link >> >Finding – What Type of Ram My Computer Support or I’ve Installed?<
#Now, Let’s See How to Install a Memory Stick in a Desktop Computer;
Step 1 – Cut the Power Supply: First you need to shut down your computer and then unplug it. You would also have to unplug all peripherals connected to the computer like keyboards, mouse and monitor.
Step 2 – Open the Computer’s Case: Next you need to lay down your computer tower towards it side to make the motherboard accessible when you remove the side panel. For those who can loosen the screws with hand it is good else a Magnet screwdriver would come in handy while you remove the panel.
Step 3 – Wear a Grounding Strap/ Get Rid of Static: While it is something unnoticeable and not harmful to the human’s static electricity could damage the computer parts. You should make sure that you have no static build-up on your body. Use an anti-static wrist strap or ground yourself before you begin your work. You can touch the metal chassis of the computer first to ground yourself. There shouldn’t be any tape, paper or electrical devices including your smartphone around the area. It is also good to keep any pets away and you shouldn’t stand on a carpet while making the installation.
RAM sockets are usually found near the CPU and motherboards but this may differ according to the manufacturers and may carry 2 or 4 RAM slots. You can check the documentation of your motherboard to check the layout diagram if you are facing problems while locating the sockets.
Step 4 – Installing the RAM: Remove the new RAM from its protective packaging and avoid touching on the circuitry board and hold it from its sides.
If you already have an old RAM, then unhinge the clips and take out the old RAM – pull on each end and jiggle it up and down to unseat it from its place. Next match the cut-out and pins of the new RAM with the slot before you place it.
Also check whether the notch on the board is in the correct location else you should turn the RAM stick and then push in the RAM. If you have positioned the new RAM properly then it would take just a little pressure to snap it in its place.
Step 5 – Post Installation of RAM: You can put back the panel and plug in all the unplugged peripherals and then restart the computer. Don’t be in a hurry to check your computer before you have closed the panel. The cooling power of the fans goes down if you do this.
Your computer should display self-test when it is started which means your RAM has been installed correctly on the system. You can also check RAM in Windows if you press Windows button + Pause/Break to open System Properties where you can see the RAM or just go to Start menu and click on My Computer and then go to Properties, RAM can be seen in the System segment or just below the window.
Once you have upgraded your PC’s RAM you are going to enjoy the speed at which your computer would now work.
Suggested Link: >List of Best DDR4 RAM For Desktop & Laptop – Monthly Updated<
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