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Chapter 36. Upgrading Your PC's Memory

Upgrading the memory in your PC actually amounts to adding more memory to your PC. Unlike upgrading other components, such as your processor or CD-ROM drive, you rarely, if ever, remove the memory in your PC and replace it with better or faster memory unless all your memory slots are already filled. In fact, when you upgrade the memory in your PC, you have to be careful that you add memory that is identical to the memory already installed.

The only exception to this general premise is that you may opt to remove a memory module of one size and replace it with a memory module containing more memory. For example, if your PC contains three 32MB-memory modules, you may replace them with three 128MB-memory modules. Although this practice might at first seem wasteful, considering the rapidly southward direction of memory prices in the last few years and the performance gains from increasing the amount of memory in your PC, replacing smaller-sized memory modules with larger modules can actually make sound economic sense and at the same time increase the performance in your PC.


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