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4 reasons to install your own memory!

It might seem tempting to take your computer to a repair shop and have a technician install new memory, but it will be costly – especially when you can install memory yourself in minutes. From labor costs to memory markups, it's expensive to have a computer shop upgrade your memory. And entirely unnecessary.

4 reasons why you shouldn't pay a computer shop to upgrade your memory

  1. Installing memory requires zero computer skills.
    You don't need any technical training to install memory, and there's no reason you should pay extra for someone to have this knowledge.
  2. You can install memory yourself in minutes.
    Memory is like changing the oil in your car; it's an essential part of regular maintenance. As such, most computer manufacturers design their systems in a way that makes it easy and user-friendly to install memory.
  3. You don't have to go to a computer shop to purchase compatible memory.
    You can find compatible, affordable memory in less than 60 seconds on Crucial.com. In just a few clicks, our industry-leading System Scanner tool will analyze your system's hardware and recommend best-fit upgrades based on your system's unique specs. A computer shop will usually charge you for this service, but we offer it for free. What's more, our data is backed by one of the industry's best compatibility databases and isn't subject to the guesses and whims of commission-driven sales staff.
  4. You can save yourself the hassle.
    When having a computer shop install memory for you, you'll have to unassembled your system, load it in your car, deliver it to the shop, pick it up at a later time, then finally bring it back to your house and reassemble everything. That's a lot of extra work to go through, and it's completely unnecessary.

By installing your own memory, you'll save time and money, increase your confidence, and learn a little about how your computer works in the process.

3 ways you'll save by installing memory yourself

  1. You'll save on the cost of memory modules. Computer shops typically mark up the price of the components they install for you. By buying memory direct from a major memory manufacturer, you'll save on the cost of a memory upgrade – and you'll avoid markups.
  2. You'll eliminate labor costs. When a computer shop installs memory for you, they typically charge an expensive hourly rate or a flat installation fee. While fees vary by computer shop, they can reach as high as half the cost of the memory modules you'll be installing (an added cost). By installing memory yourself, you'll avoid paying for something you could have done in a matter of minutes.
  3. You can put off having to buy a new computer. Oftentimes, people buy computers because their old system was slow. However, with a simple memory upgrade, this problem can be overcome. At a fraction of the cost of a new system, a Crucial memory upgrade is the fastest, easiest, most affordable way to increase performance. Extend your system's life and avoid overspending on a new computer.

Get started today by using our System Scanner to find and purchase compatible memory, then watch one of our three-minute memory install videos to learn how to do it. Installing memory is simple and easy, and we're confident you have what it takes!

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