How to Build a Gaming PC

by turbolence1988dec 22nd, 2018

RAM Installation

All generations of DDR memory are very straightforward to install. They’ll all only fit one way into their respective slots, and no two different generations will fit into each others’ hardware.

Before you install your RAM, check the ends of each socket on the motherboard and flip the retaining tabs out of the way. Most motherboards will feature a retaining tab at each end of the socket, but some will have a fixed tab at one side that you will slot RAM sticks into first to rock the memory into the socket. If you have more than two memory slots, pay attention to how the slots are numbered as you want to fill them in order from 0 upwards, and you usually skip a lane between each. This is because motherboards group memory slots together so each pair of lanes are wired into one memory channel.

Before you install your RAM, check the ends of each socket on the motherboard and flip the retaining tabs out of the way. Most motherboards will feature a retaining tab at each end of the socket, but some will have a fixed tab at one side that you will slot RAM sticks into first to rock the memory into the socket. If you have more than two memory slots, pay attention to how the slots are numbered as you want to fill them in order from 0 upwards, and you usually skip a lane between each. This is because motherboards group memory slots together so each pair of lanes are wired into one memory channel.

Take your memory and note where the notch in the pins are; these will align with the bumps in the memory socket. Lower the memory into the lane and press each end down (or just the one in the case of motherboards with fixed tabs) until the tabs click into place. This will need some more force than expected, but shouldn’t require serious strength. If it does, take the memory out, check its orientation, and re-seat it. Repeat this process for the other memory sticks until all your RAM is installed.