At some point and time most avid computer owners will consider upgrading their computers Random Access Memory or RAM for short. The more immersed that computer owners become with the Internet and with spending time on their computers, the more programs that they will download and load onto their computer. They will begin to collect thousands of files including: documents, music, and even movies. All these types of programs and files will take away from your computers Random Access Memory, and will eventually slow down your computers overall operation and performance.

When considering the upgrading of your computer memory and the adding of additional Random Access Memory to your system there are a few steps that should take and consider.

First, you should begin by checking out your computers warranty if it came with one. Most computers have limited or paid warranties that actually cover or offer discounted prices for upgrades if you use their services. Likewise, many warranties have strict regulations. In fact, many computer warranties carry a clause that automatically cancels your warranty if you use another service to upgrade your computers Random Access Memory (RAM), other than their required or recommend service. Additionally, if you attempt or install additional Random Access Memory (RAM) in your computer on your own, your warranty may be closed without notice.

Once you have checked out your warranty you will need come up with the best plan of action that suits your needs. If you decide to go with the limitations and guidelines that your warranty directs then you will most likely be required to take your computer to a specific location wherein they will carry out the complete upgrade for you.

However, if you computer is not covered by a warranty then you will have more of a choice in the next steps you take when it comes to upgrading your computer Random Access Memory (RAM).

There will be two routes you can take with step two. You can contact local computer stores which carryout upgrades to computer memory to compare rates and can choose the one that has the best value for what you need. All you will need is some basic information that you will be required to present to the computer store. This will include the specifics of your computers operating system and how long you have owned the computer. Apart from this you will need to inform them what types of upgrades you would like and how much additional Random Access Memory you would like to add to your computer.

In addition many computer stores will actually run a diagnostic test on your system if you give them permission to do so and can recommend what additions and upgrades are necessary to your system.

Still, if you want to save money you can always consider upgrading your computers memory on your own. Memory chips can be purchased from computer stores and even from average retail store outlets. The directions for how to properly install such memory chips can easily be found in the packaging of the computer chip or can be found for free online.