How to Add RAM to Your PC

Every so often we write a simple how-to article to help those of you folks interested in DIY computing. If you’re a techie this is obviously old hat, but for others it might be valuable instruction.

Today’s task is to add RAM to your PC. Upon successful completion of these steps, your computer will have more memory, which should improve speed and performance.

Adding RAM to Your PC

Not everyone is comfortable adding RAM (Random Access Memory) to their PC, but with a little elbow grease the task isn’t too hard. Here is our advice on how to approach the process.

First, Scan Your Computer

1. First we recommend you go to crucial.com and download their free scanner. This will help you determine what kind of RAM you need.

Scan your PC with Crucial.com

 2. Click on the “Scan My Computer” button.

Scan My Computer

3. Check the box under the “Download the Scanner” button.

4. If you are using Google Chrome, click “Keep” or if you are using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, choose the option that says “Save” or “Run.”

Scan My Computer

5. When prompted, select “Yes” or “Run.”

When Prompted Select Yes

6. The scan will start.

7. Now your computer’s RAM specifications will be displayed. Here you will also be able to order the RAM straight from the site.

Crucial.com RAM Specifications

Now for the installation part….

Installing Your RAM

1. First you’ll want to shut the computer down and unplug all wires and peripherals. Then, you’ll want to open the computer to reveal the jumble contained within.

Inside Your Computer

2. Now, let’s clear some of the wires away to reveal the RAM slots. Your computer will have at least a memory stick or two in the slots already.

The jumble within your computer

 3. Now, determine which slots you are going to fill.

Pick a Slot for Your RAM

4. Next, you’ll want to put your RAM in the slots, starting from 1 and going up to 4. (Note: Each motherboard is different and has different types of RAM. Yours may say DIMM1, DIMM2, DIMM3 & DIMM4. Also, the sequence of the number may not be 1,2,3,4. It might be 1,3,2,4 or 4,2,3,1. So, make sure you put the RAM in the correct way.)

RAM sticks

5. When inserting a RAM stick, use a small amount of force. When you see or hear the clip pop into the notch, do the same on the other end of the stick. Make sure the clip is all of the way in. (Note: if the RAM does not seem to fit, turn it around and try it again. One side of the connector is usually longer, so it only fits in one way.)

Insert Your RAM

6. Repeat necessary steps until each RAM stick is in a slot.

7. Now, close up the case and plug all of the cords and peripherals back in.

8. Congratulations–your machine’s performance should now be faster! You can now call yourself a DIY computing geek.

Research and photography for this article was generously provided by LimeTech intern Dan Zuran.