Add more mem­ory

Not hav­ing enough RAM can make your PC feel slug­gish. Adding more mem­ory can make a big dif­fer­ence

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In­creas­ing the amount of mem­ory in your PC can make a huge dif­fer­ence. Sim­ply put, more mem­ory means that you can run more ap­pli­ca­tions, or larger ap­pli­ca­tions with ease. Newer op­er­at­ing sys­tems can also be more re­source-hun­gry. If you’ve re­cently up­dated to Win­dows 10, for ex­am­ple, and your PC is run­ning slower than ever, a lack of RAM could well be the cul­prit.

RAM keeps all the data your sys­tem is cur­rently us­ing in a volatile but im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble state, mak­ing your PC run faster as a re­sult. If you have too many pro­grams open, you will start to run out of RAM and your PC will be­gin to use a page file, which is a hard disk-based RAM over­flow. Hard disks are much slower than RAM, and your PC will slow to a crawl. If you have an SSD, you won’t even have a page file, as these quickly wear out the solid-state stor­age, so are dis­abled. To­day, 8GB of RAM should be the min­i­mum, as 4GB no longer cuts it on the vast ma­jor­ity of desk­tops.

CAN I UP­GRADE?

Shut your PC down and open its side, so you can see the RAM slots. In the eas­i­est sce­nario, you’ll have some free RAM slots (most moth­er­boards have four RAM slots, and typ­i­cally have two free). If you don’t have any free slots, you’ll have to re­place all of the ex­ist­ing RAM to get an up­grade. Down­load and in­stall CPU-Z (tinyurl.com/

shop­per­cpuz) and select the Mem­ory tab to see how much RAM you have. Once you know how much RAM you have, you need to con­firm whether you can ac­tu­ally up­grade. You’ll need to check if your com­puter can han­dle more mem­ory. If you’re us­ing a desk­top, check your mother­board man­u­fac­turer’s web­site for the max­i­mum amount of RAM it can han­dle. CPU-Z will also tell you the type of RAM you have in­stalled (DDR3 or DDR4) and the speed in MHz.

Armed with this in­for­ma­tion, you can buy ad­di­tional RAM to get to 8GB or 16GB, buy­ing the same type of mem­ory. Most PCs ben­e­fit from dual-chan­nel mem­ory, where you in­stall sticks of RAM in pairs, us­ing the slots iden­ti­fied in the man­ual. This needn’t be an expensive up­grade, ei­ther. An 8GB DDR4 2,400MHz kit cur­rently costs around £64 for two 4GB sticks of RAM.

HOW TO RE­MOVE DESK­TOP RAM

If you need to re­place mem­ory on your mother­board, you’ll need to re­move the old sticks first. If you have free RAM slots, jump to the next step in­stead. Lo­cate the RAM on the mother­board and pull back the clips hold­ing the RAM in place (see the pic­ture above). Firmly pull the RAM mod­ules out with two fin­gers.

HOW TO IN­STALL DESK­TOP RAM

Pull back one of the clips and in­sert the RAM stick start­ing on that side. Push one end of the RAM un­til it clicks into place and the clip moves to hold the stick in place. Re­peat with the other end of the RAM. Re­peat for each stick of RAM. Reat­tach the case panel and turn your PC back on.

IS­SUE 367 SEPTEM­BER 2018

⬆ Buy RAM in pairs, as you’ll get bet­ter per­for­mance out of it ⬆ Pull back the clips hold­ing the RAM in place to re­move the mem­ory mod­ules ⬆ In­sert the RAM one end at a time un­til it clicks into place | | COM­PUTER SHOP­PER

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