Talk Nerdy To Me: Upgrade your RAM

“Talk Nerdy to Me” is a technology column written by Derek Deulus to provide technology advice for the Boise State community. Follow him on Twitter @deulus.

Let’s talk about upgrading the RAM (random access memory) in your PC. Think of RAM as a highway inside
your PC.

The more RAM you have, the more lanes you have for your data to travel on. More lanes ensures faster data travel. This helps ensure faster performance for your PC.

Most modern PCs come with an average of 4 GB of RAM. For light use such as surfing the net or writing up reports, this is sufficient. If you want to run programs that are more resource heavy, you’re going to need more RAM to increase your performance.

The great news is that RAM is fairly cheap and installing it is extremely easy. It only requires a screwdriver. Just be careful when installing RAM or you could easily break your PC and turn it into an oversized paperweight.

The first step is to find out what type of RAM you need and the maximum amount of RAM your PC can handle. The easiest way to do this, is to go to Their homepage has a simple tool that asks for the make and model of your PC.

Using this information, they will display the type of RAM you can purchase and what size you can purchase up to. If you are concerned about price, let me be the first to tell you, Crucial has some of the lowest prices available.

Crucial also offers helpful videos and tips on how to install your memory.

For detailed pictures on how to install laptop RAM, use this link: Most importantly before installing your RAM, make sure to “ground” yourself by touching something metal to avoid shorting out your PC or RAM with static electricity.

If you don’t feel comfortable installing RAM yourself, don’t be afraid to seek help. It’s better to ask for help than to damage your expensive PC.

Lastly, I want to say I will be graduating on Dec. 20, so this will be my last column. I want to thank all my readers and let you know that this column will continue online at

About the author  ⁄ Derek Deulus

Derek Deulus

Derek is an Information Technology Management graduate and former Boise State University student. Derek is married to his lovely bride Deserae. Derek hates the facebook, but loves Twitter, and you should tweet him @derekuda. Lastly, Derek loves videogames and is on his PlayStation 4 every night. Add him on Playstation Network. His gamertag is "Derekuda".