The first step is to find out what type of RAM is required for the computer as there are a variety of models and speeds. The RAMs type depends on the computer’s motherboard. In order to now what RAM to use the motherboard, computers documentation or manufacturer website needs to be checked for the specifications of the RAM to make sure that it will be compatible with the hardware of the computer.
Step two is checking how many sockets in the computer you have for RAM. A motherboard has a limit to the number of RAM sticks that can be installed for example some can have only two spaces to support RAM whereas others can support six or more. Motherboards can also have limits on the amount of memory that they can support and this doesn’t matter on the number of slots it has.
Step three is browsing the prices of the RAM from the different varieties of manufacturers and their prices ranges and the manufacturers vary in quality. The most reliable companies are as the following, Corsair, Mushkin, A-Data and OCZ.
Step four is making a purchase, once deciding on the manufacturer pick the ram that you want. When buying desktop RAM the SDRAM need to be bought. For example to install 8GB of RAM the user will either need to install two 4GB sticks or four 2GB sticks.
Step five is to shut the computer down, unplug the computer and any peripherals that are connected to the computers for example the monitors, keyboards or mice.
Step six is opening the computer case, this is done by laying the computer tower on its side so that the motherboard can be accessed when the side panel is removed. To remove the panel on some computer cases a Phillips head screwdriver may be required.
Step seven is discharging any static which remains in the computer while changing the computers systems. Ensuring that your body does not have a build up of static means that the static does not damage computer parts or the human changing the computer parts. So before changing the computer parts grounding ones self is required and this is done by using an anti-static wrist strap.
Step eight is locating the RAM’s sockets, most motherboards have 2 – 4 RAM slots. The RAM slots RAM sockets are located typically by the CPU but their location can vary depending on the manufacturer or the type of model.
Step nine is to remove the old RAM in the case of upgrading, when replacing the RAM, the old RAM is removed by releasing the clamps on each side of the socket.
Step ten is tacking the RAM out of its protective packaging, the RAM needs to be carefully removed from its packaging. To avoid damaging the RAM do not touch the contacts on the bottom of the RAM or the circuitry on the motherboard.
Step 11 is to insert the RAM into its slot. This is done by lining up the notch in the RAM to the slot. Put it into the slot and apply an equal pressure onto the RAM to make sure that the RAM