How To Buy RAM for a Laptop

The RAM is computer memory that is responsible for loading and running programs on your system. The more RAM you have on your computer, the faster your system is. Here are some points to look into when buying a RAM for your laptop.

1. Learn how much RAM your laptop has already.

Laptops that were bought in the last two or three years have been preloaded with at least 1 to 2 GB of RAM. Just to be sure that you have the correct amount, check the manual that came with your laptop. It will list how much RAM was preloaded into the system. If you do not have the manual handy with you, you can personally check your computer doing the following.

  • On your desktop, right click the icon for “My Computer. If you are using the Standard Start Menu and the “My Computer” icon is not showing on your desktop, hit the “Start” button and then right click on the “My Computer” icon from there.
  • Hit “Properties” from the menu that populates when you right click on “My Computer. This will pull up the “System Properties” dialogue box.
  • Make sure you are on the “General” tab and look for how much RAM your system lists.

2. Evaluate how much you need for your daily computing usage.

Assess how much more RAM you need. If you are using the laptop for gaming or graphic designing, adding more RAM will definitely benefit your computing experience and needs.

3. Check how much RAM your laptop can support.

There’s a maximum capacity of RAM a laptop supports, so you have to make sure that you have not exceeded that. If you do not have the manual with you, you can call your laptop vendor and inquire max capacity using the model number or service tag number.

4. Learn how much RAM your Operating System can support.

Research the memory limits of your operating system, then decide how much more RAM you need to add. As an example, if you are running Windows XP, know that it will only be able to read up to 2.7 GB of RAM running on a 3 GB switch set. Since this is the case, adding RAM to get a total of 4 GB would be a total waste of your resources.

5. Research prices for RAM sticks.

You can check computer online stores like CompUSA or online commerce websites like Amazon or eBay. Take note of how much they sell a RAM stick. Walk-in on your local electronic or computer shops and compare their prices. Get the RAM that fits your computing requirements and budget.

If you are going to purchase a RAM stick on a local store, you may want to bring the laptop with you. The store’s personnel will be able to assist you in finding the RAM for your computer and at the same time, they can also help you in installing the memory stick.


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