Last updated: October 25th, 2023
Today’s a really quick “how-to” if you’re thinking about adding a bit more memory capacity to your gaming / sim racing PC. And who doesn’t want a good amount of extra memory to speed up their system!
Most of the modern racing simulator platforms run best with 16gb of memory, so if you’re only running 8gb, you could definitely go for an upgrade.
I already had 2 DDR4 DIMMs installed on my ASUS TUF gaming motherboard totaling 16gb, but the two spare slots were staring me down every time I took the lid off. So, just for fun and a bit of an extra performance upgrade, I bought (2x8gb) Corsair 16GB DDR4 Vengeance LPX 2666MHz DIMMS to match the pair already installed, bringing my gaming PC build to 32gb.
Why this particular memory? Mostly, it’s really pretty cheap. At $66 / £50, that’s a nice cheap performance upgrade. 2666mhz is also the correct speed for my i9 processor and the two new DIMMS match the ones already installed perfectly.
How to upgrade your gaming PC RAM
Before you begin, observe static precautions by grounding yourself to your ATX case (I just hold on to the metalwork for a second). Open your memory packaging, peel off the plastic protective film that covers the “Vengeance LPX” logo on the DIMMs.
Open up your PC case, mine has a glass cover that is easily removed.
I have to remove the radiator and fan unit for my CPU from the top of the case to get at the memory! At some point, I’m going to find a bigger case that doesn’t have this problem – but basically, it’s easy to remove.
Remove the fan power connectors from the motherboard, then just take the 8 screws out from the top of the case, being careful to support the radiator when the last screw is removed.
Now you’ve got clear access to the motherboard, you might notice that the ram modules are spaced apart. They’re each occupying the same colored slot though. On an ASUS TUF motherboard, there are two grey slots and two black slots.
Holding your ram by the heatsink (don’t touch the contacts), line up your ram above the slot. It’s impossible to insert the sticks the wrong way round, but take care to look at how the “key” in the middle of the slot would line up with the gap in the middle of the DIMM connector.
Insert the DIMM squarely into the slot from above. It should sit loosely (with no force yet) into the slot. It will align with the other DIMMs, except it will seem a little raised compared to the others.
Next use some pressure to seat the DIMM into its slot, pushing one corner at a time. You’ll get a nice “click” sound as the DIMM seats correctly (volume up to hear the click) –
Once you’re happy you’ve installed your RAM, put the CPU cooler back (don’t forget to reinsert the fan power cables!) and you should be good to go.
If there are any problems, ASUS motherboards (and most modern motherboards!) have a diagnostic light that happens to be situated very close to the ram modules. If there are any memory problems, the ram light will show amber and the Motherboard might power down. This is usually always caused by one or more of the DIMMS not being inserted correctly.