Are you looking to upgrade or replace your computer's RAM? Lots of people get into this situation and do not realize how important it is to make sure that you buy the correct type of RAM for your computer as each one varies in terms of compatible RAM. I'm going to show you a little trick that will save you time and money as well as taking the worrying out of the RAM buying process.

How to tell which RAM your computer takes in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Visit Crucial & click the ‘Memory (RAM)' option from the top menu

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The first step is to visit the link above. Crucial is a website that sells upgrades for all sorts of computer makes and models specializing in RAM upgrades. You'll understand the reason for visiting this website by moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Click ‘Scan My System' or manually select your computer make/line/model

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Next, your going to want to decide whether or not you want to download the ‘Scan My System' software (available for both Mac and Windows machines) to automatically find your RAM type or you can choose your computer's configuration manually without having to download any software. If you want to manually choose your configuration, but don't know all the details about your machine  you can learn more about your computer by following these steps. If you are on a Mac click the Apple logo at the top left and select ‘About This Mac'. If you are on a Windows machine open the start menu and right click on ‘My Computer' and select ‘Properties'. Once you have properly chosen your machine click the ‘Find It' button.

Step 3: Congratulations, you've successfully figured out what type of RAM you need to buy!Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 10.55.55 PM

The RAM you need will be shown on the column to the left under ‘Memory'. Be sure you pay attention to the memory type as well as the maximum memory that you computer can handle to be sure you don't buy more than you need and have it go to waste. Buying your RAM through Crucial is not a bad idea, but I usually like to compare prices on Amazon and Newegg as well to make sure I'm getting the best deal.

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