Installing RAM (Memory)
Previous steps before installing ram:
- Install your CPU
- Applying thermal grease/paste on CPU, OEMs will not come with thermal
grease or you might prefer a brand over the stock grade
- Install heat sink fan (CPU Cooler) on your CPU
In the example I'm using for installing RAM, we're installing (seating) 24 GB of triple channel RAM into 6 DIMM
Steps for installing your memory / RAM:
- Ground yourself before touching your motherboard or memory. Each time.
On the DIMM Slot (memory socket), there are latches on both ends
- Push down on the latches to swing them open
- 1 at a time remove the memory from it's packaging
Line up the stick in the DIMM slot
The notch on the memory stick must line up with the break/post/nub in the DIMM Slot
You might need to use both hands as you want the memory to slide into place evenly push the memory stick
- It always surprises me that it takes more effort then I think to seat the RAM in it's socket
- If it refuses to be seated, double check that you have lined it up correctly and try again
- If you see uneven teeth, or generally even teeth at all, the memory is not seated properly
As you seat it firmly in its socket, the outside latches will snap shut, locking the memory stick into
- Double check that the latches did indeed latch, you might have to do it manually
When you're installing RAM you'll find it only fits in the DIMM slot one way. Only the type of RAM the
motherboard calls for is what will fit in the DIMM slot. Notice I said type of RAM not the speed.
A DDR module/stick will not fit in a DDR2 or DDR3 slot. Likewise, DDR2 will not fit in DDR3. With that being
said, there are some exceptions. Some motherboards do allow for multiple types of RAM. However, do not assume this
is the case with your board. Verify, verify, verify before you purchase your RAM that your motherboard accepts the
type and speed of RAM you choose.
Anytime you have less RAM to install then DIMM Slots available, verify using your motherboard's documentation
which slots the RAM goes in. If you have 2 sticks of RAM and 4 DIMM Slots you need to know if it seats in:
- slots 1 and 3 or
- slots 1 and 2 or
- 2 and 3 etc
to seat (install) the memory. If you have only 1 stick of RAM verify that it does go in slot 1. It might go in
slot 3. You won't know without looking at your motherboard's documentation.
- Install your power supply (PSU)
- Install your motherboard into case
- Connect your front panel headers
Only choose a motherboard that accepts both types of RAM if your planning on using old RAM
in your new build and want the option to upgrade RAM types later on without upgrading your motherboard. This is the
only reason I would ever suggest using such a board in a build. I would not choose to do this for my own
I have found through experience that I agree with the Einstein quote: "that everything must be made as
simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." While I accept that feature rich multiple function items in the IT
world is convenient, I've found it can be rather annoying when one feature stops working and the multifunction
gadget costs more to repair then replace. It's those all-in-one printer/scanner/copy/fax machines that I really
loathe. That however, is my view based on my experiences. Your own mileage will vary.Return from Installing RAM to Installing the Parts
Choosing RAM - Before installing RAM, you need to pick the right RAM. Things to
be aware of when choosing your RAM / memory.
Build List - A quick list to verify you've got all the parts you need to put
together your gamer.