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Improved Computer Performance With Memory Upgrade

Computers may be disappointing at times. Initially, its performance is at its top mode and after a short period of time, say six months, its speed get so low that at times you feel like smashing it against the wall. However, considering the short period of time you have used it, destroying it may be a waste. Chances are that a simple memory upgrade will resuscitate its performance.

Select the right type of RAM

The exercise is so simple that one does not need the assistance of professionals. The first step is to consult the computer documentations in order to find out the type of that is compatible with the computer. For instance, the majority of Pentium PC’s require PC 100 compliant SD cards. One also needs to determine how much memory he or she requires and the number of available memory slots that the computer has. If this information is not contained in the documentations, there is no reason to worry because it can be checked directly in the computer.

Get it right

It is very important that an individual purchases the right type of memory module when carrying out memory upgrade since DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory are not compatible with each other. For instance, one cannot use a DDR2 module in a DDR DIMM slot. DDR and DDR2 are the memory present in the motherboards of the majority of the current desktop PCs and laptop PCs. DDR3 memory is also available and is likely to be used in more motherboards in future. Some motherboards can however have slots for DDR/DDR2 or DDR2/DDR3 modules but no motherboard can have all three types. There can be some possibilities of a DDR3-supporting motherboard to support DDR2 memory but it cannot support DDR memory. The information about type of slots that are provided can be gotten from the motherboard’s manual or the PC’s user guide.

What it takes

Memory upgrade can be done by installing more memory cards in the memory slots. This will enhance the computer performance. However, there is some basic information about memory that one needs to know when upgrading memory. Some high speed memory modules are accompanied with heat sinks fitted to them. The heat sinks can also be bought and replaced. After purchasing the right kind of memory, one can install it in four simple steps: locating the empty slots after turning off the computer and pulling off the power cable from the CPU; unfastening the clips from both ends of the memory slot and lining up the memory module with the corresponding slot in the CPU then sliding the new memory into the slot; replacing the computer cover, plugging back the power cable and restarting the system; and finally verifying the new memory. This is all it takes to increase computer performance by upgrading the memory.