Upgrade your Memory to increase your computer's performance
Adding Random Access Memory (RAM) is an easy and cost effective way to boost your computer's performance. PCs that had more than enough RAM when they were new often have trouble keeping up with the demands of the latest programs after a few years. New operating systems almost always call for more memory, too. When a computer runs short of RAM, it's forced to swap the overflow data on and off of the hard drive, which can significantly slow performance.
How to Install your new Memory Upgrade
- Shut your computer down and disconnect all cables from the back of the tower.
- Pick up the tower and place it on a hard surface workspace such as a table or counter that has decent lighting
- Look at the back of the tower where the cables plug in. You should see a screw holding one side of the tower wall in place
- Remove this screw using the screwdriver. Some screws allow you to remove them by hand
- Remove the side panel of the tower and place it some place safe
- You should be able to see a memory module already installed on the motherboard. It will look very similar to the memory module you have purchased. There should also be an available slot next to the existing module.
- Look at the base of your new memory module and align the metal contacts with the open slot. Note the small plastic levers at each end of the slot
- Press the module into the slot. Use care when doing this so you do not damage the module. If the module is lined up correctly, the small plastic levers should automatically close in on the memory module and "clip" it into place.
- Check to make sure the memory module is properly seated. Once you are done checking, return the side panel that was removed in Step 5 and tighten the screw.
- Plug all cords back into the tower and turn the computer on. Your computer should automatically recognize the new memory module during the bootup.