Computer Memory Upgrades

By | September 8, 2017

Upgrading the memory on your desktop or laptop computer is fairly simple and straightforward. Many users chose to give their RAM a boost after purchasing a machine for a variety of reasons. Speed is certainly one factor. Time is money, and the faster your beloved PC or Mac responds, the faster you can get what you need to do accomplished and move on with your life. Another is the ability to run multiple memory heavy applications simultaneously if you need them for research, web design, or programming purposes. In any event, it’s not a daunting task and shouldn’t frighten off neophytes or those that are less technically inclined. Here we’ll go through what you need to know, how to make intelligent buying decisions when it comes to RAM, and how to install it.

RAM upgrades are particularly attractive on Macs. While Apple has a dedicated fan base and has earned deserved praise for it’s ease of use, great security, and seamless operating system and software, it all comes at a price. And it they aren’t cheap. There’s a reason they have under 10% of the new computer market. Compared to a Windows machine, they are rather expensive, but you get what you pay for. Look it up on, and you’ll be surprised at how little memory you get for a $ 1,000 laptop. But you can kick that up a few Gigabytes for a modest price and little hassle. Typically, you can add an extra Gig for as little as $ 40.00, dependent on what kind of machine you have and what form it takes.

When you’re picking out your RAM cards, look up the manufacturers specs on the exact make and model of your computer for the recommended type (DDR2 or DDR3), what goes with what processor, and so on. If that kind of research isn’t one of your strengths, you can go to, and they have a program that will quickly scan your computer for you, and recommend a sensible upgrade to your existing system, and even allow you to purchase the memory in question on the site. Keep in mind that new RAM cards are best installed in pairs. So if you’re only upgrading your memory by 1 GB, use two 512 MB cards, one in either slot on the motherboard.

Once we’ve chosen the proper RAM cards, the installation for your memory upgrade is so simple, you’ll probably slap yourself on the forehead once you get finished reading this. You’ll get an anti-static wristband. Put it on your wrist and secure it as per the instructions that came with your memory cards. Get a screw driver, undo the back panel on your laptop or side panel on your desktop PC. Find the memory slots on your computer’s motherboard. They’ll be long, black and thin. Slide the new RAM cards into the slots. Everything thing should just “click” into place. Make sure everything is securely fastened. Close the panel and screw everything back in. Boot up your machine and check the System area in Windows or the equivalent if you have a Mac to make sure that your PC is registering the new memory units and that there are no errors or warning signals coming in. And that’s pretty much it.

While extra RAM will bump up your computers speed and responsiveness, it won’t be an exactly linear increase. For example, going from 2 GB of memory to 4 will probably get you another 60 to 70 percent increase, rather than a true doubling of speed, due to L2 and L3 cache constraints, which more or less adds up to a “memory bottleneck”. A lot depends on the processor, clock speed, architecture, memory management, and a host of other issues. But for the money, there’s no better way to improve your PC’s performance, short of purchasing a new machine. So go out there and invest a little in your home computer, you’ll be surprised at the gains you see.

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