If you’re like many computer users, you’d like your computer to boot up, load applications and just generally move along, much faster. Computer memory has never been easier (or more cost effective) to upgrade, which is a good thing because most of us wish we had more of it. It’s something you can do yourself in a matter of minutes but before you go tinkering around inside your computer, there are a few things you should know so that you don’t do more than upgrade your computer’s memory.
With so many memory-hogging applications (video, photos, gaming graphics), it’s not hard to find you’re the keeper of a sluggish computer. And, more often than not, it’s a memory issue, not your computer’s processor. So, computer memory upgrades are the way to go if you want your computer to whir along speedily, giving all that data somewhere to go in your computer to keep it out of your way.
Here are some tips to getting the most out of your memory upgrade:
* If you don’t understand what you’re seeing when you look at your computer’s RAM slots, ask someone. It’s not difficult but you can make a mess if you force memory into slots where it doesn’t fit. Read your manual. Now’s a good time to get to know your computer better.
* Buy as few modules as you can to facilitate the upgrade you want. If you want a 1GB upgrade, you’d be better off buying one card, rather than several cards that add up to that amount. I will make upgrades in the future easier.
* Check out how much memory you already have and how much will fit. This is important. You need to know how much room is left for additional memory before you buy more.
* Do your homework on the many different kinds of RAM out there and their packaging. Learn what’s best for your needs and your computer.
* Make sure you take all the necessary safety precautions for grounding your CPU to keep static away and be careful to keep dust out of the unit. Improper handling can be death to your computer (and all your important data).