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Install The RAM - System Memory

The RAM - System memory consists of four sticks of Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory, for a total of 8192MB (8GB) of physical memory. Here is what each stick looks like.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Crucial Ballistix 1024MB PC3-12800 DDR3 RAM Memory Module


On the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard, the RAM memory slots are the 4 DIMM slots circled in yellow in the lower-right of the motherboard. Two of the DIMM slots are blue and two of them are white.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Motherboard RAM Memory Slots


Since the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard has 4 memory slots, I'll be using all of them to install the four PC3-12800 DDR3 memory modules. The motherboard manual describes how the memory modules can be filled when not all of the memory slots are being used.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabyte Motherboard DDR3 RAM Memory Slots


The first DIMM on the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard is actually not the topmost DIMM in the picture, but the next one. Open the white latches of the memory slot so the DIMM memory module can be inserted. If only one memory module was being used then it would be inserted here for this particular motherboard. Since I'm using four memory modules and I'm installing them all at once, it doesn't matter the order in which they are filled.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabtye Motherboard DDR3 RAM Memory Slots With Latches Open On DIMM 1
Insert the Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC2-8500 DDR2 memory module into the slot. The module can only be installed one way due to the way the module is "keyed" along it's bottom edge with the slot. I have an entire site dedicated to computer memory at Computer Memory Upgrade. Step-by-step instructions on how to install DDR2 memory modules begin at Computer Memory Upgrade - DDR2 Installation.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabyte Motherboard Motherboard With DDR3 RAM Memory Module Installed In The First DIMM Memory Slot
Repeating the process with a Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory for each memory slot leaves them fully populated like this.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabyte Motherboard Motherboard DDR3 RAM Memory Slots Fully Populated
Here is how the motherboard looks now with all of the memory slots filled with Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM Memory Modules.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gigabyte Motherboard With All Memory Modules Filled With Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC3-12800 DDR3 RAM Memory Modules





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How To Build A Computer. Step By Step Instructions To Assemble. Skip To Any Assembly Step.

  Parts List
  Tools
  Computer Case and Power Supply
  Motherboard
  Processor, CPU Cooler and Thermal Compound
  RAM - System Memory
  Video Card
  Monitor
  Keyboard and Mouse
  Hard Drive
  DVD RW
  Speakers
  Install the Processor onto the Motherboard
  Install the CPU Cooler
  Install the RAM - System Memory
  Install the Motherboard into the Computer Case
  Install the Video Card
  Connect the Power Supply to the Motherboard
  Connect the System Panel Cables
  Ready the Monitor
  Ready the Keyboard and Mouse
  First Boot
  First Boot Common Problems
  Install the SATA Hard Drive
  Install the DVD RW Drive
  Connect the Speakers
  Second Boot
  Configure the BIOS Parameter Settings
  Test The Hard Drive
  Install the Operating System - Windows 7
  Driver Installation
  Speed Test - Windows Experience Index


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