I checked online and there’s DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, DIMMs, SODIMMS, etc. and they all seem to operate at different speeds. It’s all so confusing!
Rick’s answer: Chris, choosing the correct type of RAM for upgrading a computer can be confusing indeed.
There really are so many different RAM types and speeds available that it’s hard for the average person to keep up with.
But luckily our friends over at Crucial.com make it easy with their awesome System Scanner Tool. Here’s how to use it:
1 – Visit www.crucial.com with any web browser on the first computer that you wish to upgrade.
2 – Once the Crucial home page has finished loading, click the Start your scan button and follow the prompts as they appear to download the scan tool to your computer.
3 – Double-click on the downloaded file to launch the System Scanner tool.
Note: If you don’t know where to look for the downloaded file simply press the Ctrl+J key to view the list of downloaded files. The file you’re looking for should be the first one in the list.
The System Scanner tool will now scan your PC’s hardware to determine what kind of RAM your system uses, how much is currently installed and what your upgrade options are (if any).
At this point you can easily choose an upgrade option from the list and purchase it from Crucial on the spot.
If you would prefer to buy your RAM elsewhere, either print the page or write down the EXACT specs for the RAM your computer needs and use that info to either buy the RAM locally or online from Amazon (#ad) or another reputable company.
4 – Repeat the steps above for the other PCs that you wish to upgrade.
That’s all there is to it. As you can see, the wonderful folks at Crucial make it easy to find out exactly what you need to purchase in order to upgrade the RAM in any PC!
I hope this helps Chris. Good luck!
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