Upgrading RAM (Random Access Memory) is one of the simplest and cheapest ways of upgrading your PC or laptop.
The more RAM you have within your PC, the more ‘room’ your PC has to manoeuver information quickly and efficiently. This step-by-step guide aims to make the process of upgrading your RAM as easy and efficient as possible.
Step One – Establish How Much RAM Is Currently Installed
In order to find out how much RAM you have installed in your PC you’ll need to follow these steps…
- Open ‘System’ by clicking the start or Windows button.
- Click ‘Computer’
- Right-click on ‘Computer’ and select ‘Properties’
Once properties has opened you should be able to see how much ‘Installed Memory (RAM)’ you have.
Step Two – What’s Compatible With Your PC?
All computers are made up of a main circuit board called the ‘motherboard’. The motherboard contains slots that you will plug your RAM into.
First thing to do is to establish what model of motherboard is in your machine. You can do this by looking for the model number on the board itself.
Once you’ve found the model number, a quick search in Google should tell you what RAM is compatible with that motherboard.
Factors that come into play are things such as:
‘Is my RAM DDR3, DDR2 or DDR4?’
‘Does my motherboard accept SIMM (single in-line memory module) or DIMM (dual in-line memory module)?’
Each different variation of RAM has a slightly different installation method so be sure you understand whether you need SIMM or DIMM.
Step Three – How Many GB’s Do You Need?
Before choosing the amount of RAM you need, you need to establish what the main uses are for your PC.
If you’re a gamer then take a look at this guide here. We’d recommend you select at least 8GB.
If you’re going to be using your PC for browsing the web and opening word documents then 4GB is more than enough, plus you can find this RAM for a relatively small cost these days. Check out this 4GB DDR3 RAM from Crucial.
Step Four – Preparing Your PC
Before you start playing around with the internals of your PC, make sure that all external devices are disconnected and that your PC is turned off but plugged into a surge protector.
To reduce static electricity work on a non-carpeted area or grab yourself one of these anti-static wristbands.
Step Five – Install The New RAM
When you remove the cover of your PC, be sure to take photos of the internals to ensure that when you put everything back together the components are in the correct place.
You’ll see the existing RAM slotted into the motherboard, you have a choice of whether the new RAM will slot in alongside it (if you have spare slots) or if you’re going to replace the old RAM all together.
Firmly place the memory card into the motherboard slot. Please note: different types of memory have different installation instructions so be sure to check the manufacturers handbook.
Step Six – Try Out Your New RAM
Before you put the cover back on your machine, plug in your monitor, mouse and keyboard and turn on your machine.
Check that your new RAM has been installed by repeating Step One. If your PC is showing that you have more memory than before, congratulations your installation has been successful.
Take a look at our full range of RAM here.