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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 3: Installing the CPU, Heatsink, and RAM On The Mainboard
      9  Installing Memory (RAM)

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Seating the RAM Chips

When the RAM chip seats itself, the levers at the side should pop into position themselves, “locking” the memory chip in place (Figure 42). You shouldn’t need to touch these levers after opening them to insert the memory.


Figure 42: Pressing the memory into the socket

You can use your thumbs to press the memory chip into place. The locking levers will close by themselves.

 


Examine the memory chip to be sure it’s fully seated. Sometimes one end of a chip might seat fully, but the other end doesn’t. If so, just push the non-seated end in some more.

Your RAM chip is now fully installed (see Figure 43 and Figure 44).


Figure 43: RAM chip fully installed

Note the wires off to the right aren’t part of the RAM. They are for the heatsink fan which was plugged in earlier.

 



Figure 44: Close--up of installed RAM

 



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