How to Install/Upgrade RAM


Hey ya’ll so by now if you’ve read my like 3 posts about picking out RAM, you should know how RAM works, how to pick out RAM, and latency and frequency.
Just about yesterday, I forgot to mention a couple things.

  • In order to upgrade your RAM, you can’t use random sticks. All the RAM sticks have to be the same.
    • So for example, if you have this RAM stick in your computer:ram plastic and you want to upgrade and continue using that stick, you can’t use a different model or brand of stick, for example like this:ram single, you’d have to buy another one of these types of RAM sticks: ram plastic in order for it to work.
      • That being said, if you were to trash your old RAM sticks, then you could use any new brand/type of sticks. The point is that all your sticks have to be identical/be the same brand and type and size, and frequency and you get the picture. So again, all RAM sticks have to be the same. Yes, there are some exceptions (I believe) but those are rare. Okay, anyways on to the next part.

Here are some FYI things for you to know before you start.

  • Some RAM sticks must be placed in a specific order.
    • Check your motherboard manual for this.
  • The slot colors on the motherboard correspond.
    • This means that you can’t put one stick in one colored slot and another stick in another colored slot and expect it to work. If you’re not using all your motherboard slots, then you’ll typically put all your RAM with one specific color. Again, if you’re not sure about which “color” and slots to use, then check your motherboard manual.
      • For examples: My motherboard is black and gray and I’m only using two RAM sticks. If I look in my motherboard manual, it says that if I am only using two RAM sticks, I should put them in the gray slots instead of the black slots.
      • Some motherboards don’t care which one you use, while some allow you to use whatever color you want but at a cost of losing a certain amount of performance. All in all, just check your motherboard.
  • Also, some motherboards don’t have colored slots, check your motherboard manual to find which one you use.

By now you’ve probably realized that I will tell you to refer to your motherboard manual a lot, and I will. The motherboard manual is very important and literally, gives you instructions on what to do. If you can’t find your motherboard manual, or you like threw it away (-_-), then try checking the internet because they’re there sometimes.

So by coincidence, I was upgrading my computer when I had to do this so I decided to use my own pictures, that being said, I am not a photographer so these pictures aren’t crystal clear. I do not intend on always using my own pictures because you know it takes a lot of work and sometimes they aren’t even god pictures. Anyways, let’s get on. Also sorry for the bad cord management, it wasn’t really my priority when building (it should be though).

What you’ll need:

  • RAM
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  • Motherboardmotherboard

so yea that’s it.

First and foremost before you start, you should demagnetize yourself. You have to demagnetize yourself so that you don’t accidentally shock the parts when working with them. If you do (especially with ram), you’d probably break them. To demagnetize yourself, occasionally touch something big and metal when working so that you discharge yourself. Another method is to just simply purchase a demagnetizing bracelet. Yes, this is important.

Step 1: Open your computer/tower/find your motherboard
I mean I can’t really teach this part because every computer is different, but all in all, you should have your motherboard in front of you and easily accessible (it can be in the tower/case or out it really doesn’t matter). I did mine inside the case. If you’re building you should probably install the RAM outside of the case. If you are upgrading/your motherboard is already in the case, then you should probably just install the RAM inside the case (it’s easier to install RAM outside of the case because you have more room).

Step 2: Locate where your RAM sticks are.
Okay, so this part is pretty easy if you know where your RAM is located/what it looks like, if not that’s cool. They typically are around this area (sorry for the crappy image but mine is in the yellow box): overall image.png now here’s a close-up of what you’re looking for: zoom

Description: So in case you still don’t know where it is or how it looks, in general, you’re looking two to four very narrow linear slots (I’m sorry if that still doesn’t make any sense). Some motherboards have the slots in different colors. Make sure that you don’t confuse it with the PSI slots. Those slots are spread out a little bit more (there’s a picture at the end of this post). The RAM slots are right next to each other and there’s little no spaces between each other. Also, RAM slots have tabs on, they can be on either side of the slots but there should be a tab on at least one side.


Step 3: Pick up your RAM sticks and align the notches.
This step is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure that the RAM notches at the bottom of the RAM match and align with your motherboard. So you’re making sure that this (look at the yellow box):notches matches up or fits in with this (look at the yellow box): zoom if it doesn’t, then you need to buy new RAM sticks or a new motherboard.

*NOTE* So if you look at the two pictures above. There’s a smaller “notch” and a bigger “notch” on both the RAM and the motherboard. That’s what you’re trying to align because those fit into each other. If you read my previous post, I explained the different types of RAM, this is where this plays a role. If I bought the wrong type of RAM then it wouldn’t be able to fit into my motherboard. That’s also another reason why it’s important to make sure that your RAM will actually fit before you start shoving it into your motherboard (potentially breaking not only your RAM but your motherboard).

Now that we’ve got the basic, “will it actually fit into my motherboard” question answered, we can go to the next step.

*TIP (I GUESS)* If you’re still not sure as to if your RAM will fit into your motherboard. Open the tabs/move the tabs to the side, and gently place the RAM into the slot without applying pressure. If it can fit into the slot, then it fits. And if it fits, then you pretty much installed RAM anyways next step.

Step 4: Open the little side “tabs” or “notches”.
So I made a little video of this part. It’s not very complicated or hard. The only problem that you may come across is that it might be a little hard to reach the notches/tabs if they are in tight places (but that’s only if you’re installing RAM in your case). Some motherboards have these notches or tabs on both sides of the slots, while some only have them on one side. But anyways just watch the video to see (again sorry for the bad quality), here’s the link For those who can’t see the video, on the edges of the RAM slots, there little “notches” or “tabs” that look like this (sorry for the crappy quality):ramsss.png To open the RAM slots, push the “buttons” to the side. MAKE SURE THAT YOU OPEN BOTH TABS IF YOUR MOTHERBOARD HAS THE TABS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SLOTS!!!


Step 5: Put the RAM into the slots.
Okay, so this is the part that typically scares people if you’ve never done it before. So align your RAM and just stick it into the slots (if your motherboard has tabs on both sides make sure they are both open). You will need to put a bit of force into the RAM. Stop applying pressure when the notches/tabs that you’ve previously opened snap back into place. Again, you will need to apply a bit of pressure. That is why it’s important to see if you have the correct RAM, because if you are applying pressure and it’s the wrong type of RAM, then you will potentially break the motherboard and/or RAM. That being said, don’t be afraid if you’re applying a lot of pressure and your RAM isn’t going in, it’s probably a lot more pressure than you’d expect BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY DOING IT RIGHT. Again, that also being said, you shouldn’t be applying ALL you force/power into putting the RAM in, you just need to put a bit (and remind you the pressure differs between each motherboard).

So that’s pretty much it. Here are some videos to help you if you’re still confused:

Here are some the other pictures to help you get an understanding of what you’re looking for.

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This is just a different picture of what RAM slots look like.







Here’s a picture of a motherboard with only two RAM slots that are also spread apart.








So the yellow box is just another picture of the RAM slots. The purple boxes are the RAM notches/tabs. Make sure when you’re installing your RAM that both sides are open.







The yellow box is the PSI slots. Notice how the PSI slots are more spread out than the RAM slots, which are the blue linear slots with the white tabs on the edges.


How to Upgrade/change RAM

Okay, so this is literally the same thing as installing ram. The only difference is that you need to take out your previous RAM sticks (which is so easy). In order to take out RAM without breaking it, you have to push the tabs to the side to “open” the RAM slots. The purpose of the “tabs” are to “lock” or “secure” the RAM. So when you’re about to take your RAM out, push the tabs down like I showed you in the video/in the previous steps and take the RAM out of the slots and then repeat steps 3 and 5 (in that order).

Like I previously said, if you’re using your old sticks and you just want to add some more RAM, make sure that the sticks that you are adding to your computer are the same exact sticks as the other older sticks that are already in the computer. If not, your computer will more than likely not work.

Okie dokie, that is everything you need to know about RAM. If you have any more questions feel free to ask in the comments sections. I will gladly answer to the best of my ability. That being said, I highly recommend that you read my other post about RAM because those may answer your questions for you. That being said, thank you thank you thank you for checking out this site and reading about what I have to say. It really means a lot to me. So yea byeeee!

ALSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, don’t forget to share and subscribe to this blog and check out my other posts which are down below! ↓↓↓↓↓↓

RAM Speed: Latency and Frequency

Picking out the Right Kinda RAM

RAM (Random Access Memory or in other words Random A Word Moments)


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