Purchasing a new computer is sometimes just out of the question, especially if you already have or want a fast, top-of-the-line PC. There are some easy hardware upgrades you can make to your PC to extend it’s life and make it go faster than before. All of these can be done by you fairly easily. By doing it yourself, you will save money by not paying someone to do it for you. It could literally save you hundreds.
If you are not stressing your computer out by running many programs at once or using RAM-demanding imaging or video software, a RAM upgrade could make for a reasonable change. Do some research to see what RAM is compatible with your motherboard. By installing the wrong RAM, you could corrupt your files making for much bigger problems.
This is a perfect hardware change for a novice. All you need to do is open your PC case with screwdriver and locate the RAM chips. Unclip the old RAM and insert the new. It’s as simple as replacing the PC cover and starting up your computer. To make sure your installation was done properly, check that your computer recognizes the increased RAM.
Upgrading your processor and installing it yourself will be a challenge, but if you are feeling up to it, the change can really make a difference in your computer’s performance. Compatibility is a problem with most PC components, so make sure your CPU is right for your computer. If you need a CPU that is not compatible with your motherboard, you can always replace your motherboard. That’s more work, but a possibility if you don’t have options. Since installation is more difficult, do plenty of research online. You’ll need it.
Upgrading your hard drive is not the cheapest option, but it does increase your computer’s power dramatically. The better the hard drive, the more it will cost, but you can get a fair one starting at $50. Search online for compatibility and deals on good hard drives. In desktop PCs, there may be a port for you to slide the hard drive into. It can work in conjunction with your present hard drive.
A conventional hard drive is a cheap option, but if you want to update to something of better quality, consider a solid state hard drive (SSD). SSDs are better at retrieving data, and are a more efficient option.