When you buy a new computer it always seems to run the fastest. After time and after loading multiple applications it always seems to be running slower and slower. Some of this is attributable the lack of memory space available in the computer. When people refer to a computer’s memory, they usually mean its RAM. Random Access Memory (RAM) provides space for your computer to read and write data accessed by the processor. When you upgrade desktop RAM or add RAM to your computer, you will reduce the number of times your processor accesses data from your hard drive. This permits your computer to work significantly faster, as RAM is many times faster than a hard disk. RAM space is temporary, so the data stored in RAM will only stay there as long as your computer is powered on. As soon as the computer is powered off, the data stored in RAM expires. Upgrading your RAM can make a noticeable difference in your desktop’s performance. In this “how to”, you will learn the proper method of upgrading your RAM for your desktop computer.

Step 1
Make sure the computer is powered down and unplugged from the wall.

Step 2
Remove side casing of the computer so the motherboard and components of the computer are exposed.

Step 3
Remove the existing RAM by pressing on the plastic tabs located on the side of the RAM slots. This will allow for simple removal of the existing RAM. See Fig 1.1

Fig 1.1

Step 4
Insert new RAM in provided slots on the motherboard. (Note: You must ensure that you are using the correct type and size of RAM for your computer, if you do not the computer will not work, i.e. DDR, DDR2 or DDR3 within the maximum amount of RAM that your computer can sustain*)

Step 5
Make sure that the tabs that help remove the previous RAM are now locked in place on the sides of the newly inserted RAM. See Fig 1.2

Fig 1.2

Step 6
Before closing the side casing, plug in the computer and power it on. If the computer powers on as normal, then the RAM has been installed correctly. If the computer powers on but you hear a constant beeping noise then you have either exceeding the size RAM allowed for your computer or you have not installed the RAM correctly, Repeat Steps 3-5. Performing this check, will ensure that the RAM has been properly installed before you close the desktop casing.

Step 7
If everything is properly installed and the computer is up and running, you may place the side casing back on the desktop.

You have now successfully upgraded the RAM in your desktop computer. This will now allow your computer to run smoother and perform better than before. If you have any questions or concerns about this “how to” guide or you would like more information about other services that we offer please contact us through the contact us tab on the upper right side of the website.