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How to install RAM memory in a PC desktop computer

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Uploaded on Mar 6, 2009

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Save money – install your own memory!
If you can change the batteries in your TV remote, you can install your own memory.

It might seem tempting to take your computer to a repair shop and have an expert install memory, but it’s costly – especially when you can install memory yourself in minutes.

3 Ways you can save by installing memory yourself

1. You can save on the cost of memory modules. Computer shops typically mark up the components they install, and they may use a range of brands that might or might not be manufactured to the industry’s most stringent standards. By choosing the modules you want to install (along with researching how they’re made and tested) you can make the best, most informed decision – and often save on the cost of modules.

2. You can save on labor costs. When a computer shop installs memory for you, they typically charge an expensive hourly rate or flat installation fee. While fees vary by shop, they can reach as high as half the cost of the modules you’ll be installing (an added cost). By installing memory yourself, you’ll avoid paying for something you could do in minutes.

3. You can save the hassle of going to a shop. When you pay a computer shop to install memory, you’ll have to disconnect your system, load it in your car, deliver it to the shop, pick it up at a later time, then finally bring it back to your house and reassemble everything. That’s a lot of extra work, and it brings up the ultimate question: how much is your time worth?

By installing your own memory, you’ll save time and money, increase your confidence, and learn a little about your computer in the process.

Crucial. The memory and storage experts.™
Memory and storage are crucial – your system won’t work without them. Every time you press the power button, load apps, save documents, type, or move your mouse, you’re using memory and storage. When it comes to these components, four factors are crucial: expertise, compatibility, reliability, and commitment. You need all four. As a brand of Micron, we’re part of one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world and we provide the same caliber of components that get pre-built into new computers. We live and breathe memory and storage, and we’re here to transform your system’s performance.

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