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Installing RAM

Installing RAM

Q. My computer is running slow, but I don't have the budget to buy a new computer. I'm planning to add RAM as I know this will boost my speed, but I'm not sure how to install it. Is it complicated?

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A. Adding memory to your computer is one of the simplest upgrades available. On an older computer, you should see a noticeable speed boost. Adding RAM is pretty easy on the wallet, too, which is good for your budget.

Before you start installing, however, you need to do some shopping.

Not all RAM is created equal. There is RAM that works on desktop and RAM that works for laptops. With each type there are different speeds - DDR1, DDR2 and DDR3 - and most motherboards only support one. Check out this tip for more on the types of RAM.

If you don't know what you need, visit memory manufacturer websites. Crucial's site can scan your system and offer up the correct type.
PNY and Kingston can match RAM to your computer model.

Installing memory

Shopping for the right RAM really is the hard part. The actual installation is fairly simple.

To install more RAM on a laptop, checkyour laptop manual. It will have instructions you can follow that are unique to your laptop model.

With a desktop computer, first unplug all the connections on the back of your computer. Then open the computer's case and ground yourself by touching the computer's frame. Otherwise, static electricity could damage your computer.

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