In a gaming world where more is better, gamers are always looking for the edge. But what’s the most cost-effective PC upgrade? Installing killer RAM and an SSD will boost your system performance and gameplay without emptying your wallet on an expensive GPU or CPU. Crucial Ballistix RAM offers an immediate performance boost, beating the bottleneck and maintaining sky-high FPS as the battle rages. Crucial gaming SSDs slash load times, meaning you spend less time waiting and more time winning. 

Upgrading RAM

Upgrading your RAM is one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades for your gaming PC. Efficiently overclocked memory modules with low latency sub-timings can boost extra frames per second (FPS) in PC games, often resulting in a smoother gameplay experience. Crucial Ballistix and Ballistix MAX offer lower latencies, effortless overclocking, real-time temperature monitoring, and premium Micron die. Those add up to a noticeable difference in your gaming.

Crucial Ballistix and Ballistix MAX modules utilize Micron die. Crucial RAM utilizing Micron die have broken numerous overclocking records. Micron die scales to high memory frequencies with appropriate timings at moderate voltage, which makes it particularly well-suited to overclocking in both competition and gaming applications. Crucial Ballistix modules are engineered to help you supercharge your rig.

Other gaming RAM brands bin and assemble components made by other manufacturers. Because Crucial is vertically integrated, Micron engineers develop, then fine-tune the components, ensuring the components used in Ballistix and Ballistix MAX achieve those extra MT/s sought by overclockers and hardcore gamers alike. That’s how we help gamers win big. From the legends of memory and storage comes Crucial Ballistix and Ballistix MAX.    

Upgrading SSD

SSDs are not new by any stretch of the imagination. Installing a larger SSD such as the P5 or MX500 gives you the storage to keep your entire game library in one place. Crucial SSDs such as the P5 redefine what's possible with innovations that transform the computing experience, delivering impressive speed and fierce data protection with sequential reads up to 3400MB/s.

The P5, engineered with NVMe technology, includes advanced features like dynamic write acceleration, full hardware-based encryption, and adaptive thermal protection to keep your data safe while enhancing system reliability. With thousands of validation hours and dozens of qualification tests, the Crucial P5 SSD is backed by world-class Micron engineering and innovation. 


Gamers know a major key to winning is a killer rig—with great parts. Hardware is the engine of your rig, accounting for almost all aspects of performance, including the speed, responsiveness, frame rates, and running multiple apps at one time such as gaming while recording. Legendary wins require legendary parts. If you’re ready to take your game to an entirely new level of customization, upgrade your rig with Crucial Ballistix RAM and SSDs. Use the  Crucial Advisor tool  or  System Scanner tool  to find the right parts.

You can trust Crucial. Our army of experts are always innovating, designing, testing, and refining to make some of the best memory and storage. From sand to silicon, we control every stage of the production process with the goal to create legendary memory and storage.

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