Today, I have another informative article for you guys. I will be telling you about how to install new RAM in computer system. But before we get onto the procedure, let me tell you what a RAM actually is.
RAM actually stands for “Random Access Memory”. RAM is the kind of memory that your computer needs and uses to store the data that is currently in use.
This is a fact that having more RAM on your computer can allow your personal computer to perform more tasks at a time and function very fast.
Though, this RAM is also dependent on a variety of other factors. Upgrading or replacing your RAM is one of the easiest and most effective upgrades you can make on your desktop computers or laptop computers.
This all can be done only if you know which RAM you should by and how to install it. Today in this article, I will be covering up both these things for you.
Before you go out searching for and purchasing a new RAM, there are some things that need your consideration very importantly. I am going to list down all those important factors that you should consider before buying a RAM
Check How Much RAM Does Your Computer Currently Has
Before purchasing a new RAM, it is helpful and very important to check how much RAM is installed on your desktop computer. If you don’t know how to check your installed RAM, follow the steps mentioned below.
- In a Windows desktop computer: Press the Windows + Pause button together to open the properties window of your System. You will be able to see your installed RAM in those properties.
- In Mac desktop computer: Click on the Apple menu and then select “About This Mac” option. This will show your installed RAM in the Memory entry.
Check How Much RAM Your Computer & Operating System Can Support
This is something that not everybody knows and but I will be telling you some factors that will dictate how much RAM your computer system can support.
- If your Windows version is 32 bit, your system can support up to 4 GB of RAM, while on the other hand if you have a 64 bit Windows version, then your system can support up to 128 GB of RAM.
To check the version of your Windows, you will have to press the Windows and Pause button together. It will show you all the properties of your system.
- Even if your personal computer supports up to 128 GB of RAM, there is a chance of possibility that your motherboard can’t support that much of RAM.
In order to see whether your motherboard supports this much of RAM or not, and how much of RAM can your motherboard support, you will have to go through the documentation of your motherboard or run an online system scanner.
Check Which RAM Format your Motherboard Supports
RAM has been going through several revisions over the years. The latest and standard format nowadays is DDR4 RAM. If you are upgrading an older computer, you might need a DDR3, DDR3 or a DDR RAM according to the computer you are going to install the RAM in.
In order to determine what type of RAM your computer supports and uses, you can refer to the documentations of your motherboard or you can run a tool like CPU-Z. CPU-Z is a freeware utility that inspects and analyzes your system.
These are some of the most important factors to check before buying a RAM for your computer. Now, I will tell you about the procedure to install a RAM in your computer.
Installing RAM in your PC
Follow the steps I have mentioned below in order to install a new RAM in your computer.
- Unplug the power cable to power down the computer. If you want to move your computer to a specific area where you can work on it much easier than remove all the cables attached to the back of your CPU and lay it down so you can have access to the internal system of your CPU.
- Open up the case of your CPU. Slide the panel of your casing or pull it open after you remove all the screws on the case. Remove the panel to have access to the motherboard.
- Remove the existing RAM if it is necessary. You will see latches on each end of the RAM slots which are used to hold down your RAM module. Press down these latches in order to release the RAM and take out the old one if necessary.
- Check out how RAM slots are laid out in your motherboard. Many motherboards include four slots for RAM, but they are not installed line-wise directly next to each other.
Mostly the slots are laid out as A1, B1, A2, B2, you should refer to your motherboard documentation or search which slots to use as pairs.
If you don’t have the documentation, you can have the idea of pairing by looking at the colors of the slots.
- Install the RAM according to the slot design. Push each RAM module directly into the slot. Keep pushing directly at the top of the module until it fixes and the latches snap into the RAM on each side.
Do not apply extraordinary force, it might break the slot.
- After you successfully insert all the RAM modules you wanted to install, close up the case and cover it up again. Plug back all the cables and boot up your operating system.
- As the computer starts working, click on Windows and Pause button together to open the system information window and then verify that the RAM you inserted is recognized and working.
This was the easy procedure of installing RAM in your PC. I hope my article helped you with the process. Thank you for reading to the end. Do you want to know more about me?