How to Upgrade the RAM Drive in Desktop Computers

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How to Upgrade the RAM Drive in Desktop Computers

When you purchase a desktop computer, it usually runs quite fast, opening web pages and programs in just a few seconds. However, after installing new applications and storing your photos, videos, and other data on your hard drive, your computer can become sluggish. If you are struggling with this problem, take a few minutes to find out how you can restore your computer's speed by upgrading the RAM drive.

 

Decide How Much RAM You Need

How much RAM you need depends on how you use your desktop computer. If you only use your computer's basic operations like going online to check your email and using a word processor, you do not need much RAM at all. As little as 512 MB of RAM should suffice. On the other hand, if you use your computer to run multiple programs simultaneously, for example, if you have your email account open while surfing the web and you run video editing and presentation programs all at the same time, you need a bit more RAM. Purchasing 1 GB of RAM should cover your needs. Gamers need between 1 and 2 GB of RAM to run games with demanding graphics. Professionals who work with 3D modelling software and the like should invest in at least a 2 GB RAM, if not 4 GB or even 8 GB.

 

Prepare to Install Your New RAM Drive

Before installing your new RAM drive, be sure to turn your computer off and unplug it from its power source to avoid any electrical accidents. You should also consider investing in an anti-static wrist strap, which prevents electrostatic discharge. Static charges are harmless between people and objects, but they can cause damage to a computer's sensitive components. To avoid this, be sure to wear your anti-static wrist strap as you work, or at the very least, touch a metal surface before commencing to ground yourself.

 

Install Your New RAM Drive

Each desktop computer has a unique design. You need to find the removable top or side panel, and then remove it using a screwdriver. Find the RAM slots on the computer's motherboard. You should see two or more RAM slots. Simply slide the RAM chip into an empty slot gently until it snaps into place. If there are no empty RAM slots available, remove a smaller RAM chip and replace it with your new, larger RAM chip. To remove an existing chip, simply release the tabs that hold it in place and slide the new RAM chip into place. Replace the top or side panel, putting all of the screws back in properly. Plug in your computer and restart it. You should notice considerably faster operation with your upgraded RAM drive in place.

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