How to Add RAM to a Gateway Computer

By Nicole Galipeau

Adding RAM (Random Access Memory) to your computer can be an affordable and easy way to boost your computer's overall performance. You will notice an increase instantly in your computer's stability and speed. Beefing up RAM on your computer may sound a little intimidating at first, but with a few basic considerations, you will soon be on your way to enjoying your machine's new capabilities.

Determine the compatible type of RAM for your specific machine. Find the model of your Gateway PC and write it down. It should be located on the cover of the PC and on the box. Visit to find the compatible RAM type and the amount your computer can handle.

Turn off all power to your PC and unplug the tower.

Remove the siding from your PC tower/case. Lay your computer tower on its side to make the process simpler.

Find the RAM slot on your computer's motherboard and ensure you have the latches in the open position. The RAM slot, generally the only one with latches on the ends, normally measures between 4 and 6 inches.

Observe which side of your RAM has a gold edge. This side will also have a narrow cutout or slit in it. It will face the slot opening. The RAM will only fit one way, so make sure the slit matches the slot's fitting.

Add RAM to the slot by orienting it appropriately, as described in Step 4, applying necessary pressure on the back corners with your thumbs. Do not force the RAM into the slot; it should snap in fairly easily if you follow correct procedures. The clips should close on their own.

Press down on the clips and give the RAM a light tug to ensure proper placement.


Never let anything in your computer come into contact with static electricity. Before handling any kind of computer hardware, always touch something metal (e.g. the metal siding of your computer case) to ground the static and release the charge. Static electricity can permanently damage hardware.