How To Know What Kind of RAM to Add to a Computer

One of your computer’s components that helps hasten the processing of information is called RAM, or Random Access Memory. It allows your computer to do several things at the same time. Commonly known as Memory, it allows our computer system to run several programs, access information, and process data faster by providing more space to read less from the hard disk. Data is stored temporarily on the RAM until your computer is switched off. If you experience a slow down in your computer’s performance then you may need to add or replace your RAM. There are several types of Memory and they run at different speed rates, and not all are supported by your computer’s system. So you will need to identify which type your computer uses.

  1. Read your motherboard’s manual. Your computer’s manual will contain information about your motherboard’s specifications. It will also tell you what type and how much RAM you can install on your motherboard.
  2. If you don’t have a manual open your computer. You will need to open your computer’s casing to identify your computer’s motherboard. On the motherboard, look for the manufacturer’s name and motherboard’s model number. You may then go online to find which type of RAM corresponds to your computer’s motherboard.
  3. Open your computer’s case and remove the memory. After unscrewing your computer’s case panels, look for the slots that contain your RAM. You can pull out your RAM and look for identifying marks that will give you information about the type of memory you are using. You will be looking for one of these labels DDR, DDR2, DDR3, SDR, or RD. It will also contain the RAM’s capacity information; look for one of these labels 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB. But you will still need to know your computers motherboard information to ensure you will be adding the right type and the allowable capacity.
  4. Go to a diagnostic website to find out your motherboard’s information. There are websites that can identify your motherboard, though you may have to download a program. Once you run the program it will find the information you need about the motherboard’s manufacturer and model. Then you can proceed to the manufacturer’s site to find out which type of RAM you will need for your computer.

It is important to have all the information about your motherboard’s make before proceeding to add or replace your RAM. The RAM can affect your computer’s overall performance so make sure you get the right type.

Quick Tip:

Double check the RAM you purchase against the one you pulled out of your computer. They may have notches that should be in the right place for it to fit in the memory slot.

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Computer motherboard diagnostic free software


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