Adding memory (RAM) to your desktop computer can instantly make your computer faster, increase system responsiveness, and make multitasking seamless. Installation is a quick process that’s done in just ten steps and the benefits are instant.
Looking to install memory in a laptop instead? Use our guide to laptop memory installation.
Precautions Before Installation!
Static electricity can damage the components in your system. To protect your system’s components from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame or wear an ESD wrist strap before touching or handling internal components. Either method will safely discharge static electricity that’s naturally present in your body.
To protect your memory module, avoid touching the gold pins or components (chips). It’s best to hold the module by the top or side edges.
Upgrade Desktop Memory - 10 easy steps to install memory in a desktop computer
Installing memory can be done in a matter of minutes, but there’s no need to feel rushed. Work at your own pace and consult this guide or the video as often as you need to!
Step 3 - Unplug the Power Cable
Step 5 - Open the Case
For instructions about opening your specific system, consult its owner’s manual. You can also take pictures as you work through the process to see where cables or screws are attached to make it easier to put back together.
Step 8 - Install Memory
Holding the modules along the edges, align the notches on the module with the ridge in the slot, then apply even pressure and firmly press the module in. It usually takes about 30 pounds of pressure to fully install the module.