I’ve been upgrading PC’s for a few years ever since I bought my first PC in 2005, and normally I was a Mac guy but I realized how hard it is to upgrade them. Upgrading the RAM on a Mac was possible in the PowerPC and Intel days, but as of this date I think Apple is using integrated RAM that is soldered to the logic board of any of their computers. Anyways, if you got a Mac that for sure is upgradeable, get Kingston RAM as that is the best brand for Apple computers. RAM actually stands for Random Access Memory.
If your looking to get RAM for a Desktop PC, there is either just RAM that you can buy, or there is Gaming RAM which usually has LED’s on them and a big heatsink. Corsair makes some great gaming RAM for desktop PC’s and I recommend that brand for that kind of thing. For everything else, if your just looking for RAM for your PC that will work for just word documents and multiple Chrome tabs open, just aim for Kingston, Corsair, Crucial or Samsung.
Only a few of those manufacturers have an actual guide on their websites to help you find the right RAM for your machine, you can’t just go to any store and expect them to carry the right RAM for your PC. When I first bought RAM I paid $100 for 1GB of RAM (which back then was a lot of RAM) and I tried to put it into my PC without even knowing if it was compatible and it was beeping like crazy!.
So then from there an expert showed me exactly what I needed and I had to sell the RAM on eBaY. I eventually I found the right kind of RAM for my computer and I was able to play games with a small speed upgrade without breaking the bank. It’s also important that not only you find the right RAM for your system, but that when you get the RAM, make sure your not standing on carpet and wear an anti-static wrist band so you don’t shock the RAM while inserting it into your computer.
There is a middle notch that will let the RAM sit on the motherboard, which has to be the right size to fit. And when you press the RAM into the RAM slot it has to make two “click” noises so you know it’s been inserted correctly. The image above will show you what I mean. Then it’s time to cross your fingers and hope that the RAM will work with your PC, so you plug it in and then boot it up. If it worked correctly you should hear 1 beep noise and then your PC starts up, and when you start using your computer you’ll notice it’s a bit faster and more capable of handling multiple programs open at the same time.
At this day and age of 2024, 16GB’s of RAM is a standard for enough RAM to handle most things on most of the newest computers being used today. If you have an older computer that is about 10 years old to this day, upgrading it to 16GB’s is a good idea. I’ve seen computers using over 64GB’s of RAM, which is kind of insane but might make sense for someone running intense tasks on their computer. Some people encode video using Adobe Premiere Pro or Elements, or people like to play intense games and play music at the same time. Oh and there is also crypto mining, which I have no idea how that works but a RAM upgrade can be helpful for that too.