Owning a desktop PC can be a rewarding experience that is long-lasting. Many PC users do not know how to perform their own hardware upgrades and repairs. Users can increase the lifespan and performance of their desktop PC with simple hardware upgrades. It requires a small amount of knowledge to be capable of upgrading many of the key components inside of a computer. A large portion of users are scared of opening a PC to perform a repair or upgrade. Computer upgrades are usually very simple, and there is very little to be scared of. Research and knowledge are the keys to any PC upgrade or repair. Some safety measures must be followed, but most PC upgrades are little more complex than plugging a household appliance into the wall. Hardware documentation and the internet are the best ways to gather information on a particular computer and will determine what hardware can be used. The basics of this guide can be used to install or replace video cards, sound cards, modems, and RAM. The guide will outline the process for installing additional RAM into a desktop computer.
RAM stands for random access memory, and it is also referred to as volatile memory. Volatile memory loses data when the power is turned off. An example of non-volatile memory is a computer hard drive. Because the hard drive retains data even after a shutdown, it is considered non-volatile. Every program and application executed on a computer is loaded into and out of RAM. Windows runs many processes that consume a sizeable amount of RAM. The more RAM inside of a computer, the faster it will download files, run software, install applications, boot up, shutdown, and more. Many aging computers become young again with additional RAM added to the system. Modern RAM is usually sold by the gigabyte, and most of today’s systems require at least 4GB to run well.
There are several tools and materials that will be required to perform the installation of the RAM, or any other expansion. The tools needed are information on the particular PC, a phillips-head screw-driver, RAM sticks, and an ESD wrist strap. The acronym ESD stands for electro static discharge, and the wrist straps are used for prevention against shocking the motherboard with an electro static discharge. They are also known as anti-static wrist bands. Using the wrist strap is a must, and its importance cannot be stressed enough. If an electro static discharge occurs it will break the computer and it will need to be replaced. Wrist straps can be purchased at Best Buy, Office Max, online, or at any electronics store. Do not perform any PC hardware installation or repair without an ESD wrist strap!
First and foremost, information must be gathered. Detailed information about the specific hardware in question is ideally obtained before performing the repair or upgrade. The user must do some research on the PC they own in order to correctly perform a hardware upgrade. Refer to the manual to the computer for important information. If...