Using the Crucial Memory Module Wizard

May 27, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Buying parts for a computer can be a tricky deal, particularly when you’re buying an internal component. While external hard disk drives are either eSATA or USB, (andas such you shouldn’t have much of a problem) internal components can depend on form factor, motherboard type, maximum specification and all manner of conditions and parameters.

As such, your best bet is to speak to the owner of the shop you’re purchasing from, or a sales assistant. However if you’re buying online, you should be thinking about sticking to a very narrow bunch of websites. For instance, if you’re buying RAM, head to www.crucial.com, where you will be surprised at how easy they make the job of buying memory modules.

In fact, few online hardware purchases are as simple as that available via Crucial’s website. Using their memory module wizard turns a potentially risky purchase into something simple and straightforward, allowing you to make sure that you get the right RAM for your computer!

Using the Crucial Memory Module Wizard

Working Through the Crucial Wizard

In order to find the right memory module for your computer, you will need to take advantage of the tools offered on the Crucial website. You will notice two links, Memory Advisor and System Scanner. Both can be used to find out what memory you require, but the Memory Advisor option doesn’t require you to download extra software to your computer.

Instead, you will need to know the computer (or motherboard) manufacturer name. So for instance if you are using an Apple, select this company from the drop down list, or if you have a Dell, select that name.

Next, select a product line. You might have a MacBook, so select this, and then choose the correct model. The final step you need to perform is to click the Find it button, which will take you to a page of results for suitable RAM modules that are compatible with your Mac. The selection of suitable RAM is based on your Mac model, the processor and the motherboard that is included. All you need to do now is select the RAM you want to purchase!

Searching for RAM for other computer types works in exactly the same way, although if you have a self-build the System Scanner might be a better option.

Finding RAM with the Crucial System Scanner

Using the System Scanner tool you can reduce the amount of time taken to choose the RAM, but this is a negligible difference. The tool is really only any good if you don’t know anything about your computer, or if your PC was purchased from a private builder.

You can download the System Scanner via the appropriate link. Once installed it can be invoked whenever you access this page of the Crucial website, and via the Scan my computer link you will be able to get an idea about your motherboard, CPU and the right RAM memory modules that need to be installed.

Again, once this has completed, you can select the RAM upgrade option that best suits you!

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